Each year, the Law School selects one third-year student or alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last two years to serve as our Drapers Scholar. The Drapers Scholarship recipient receives a fellowship to study law and earn an LL.M. degree at Queen Mary and Westfield College at the University of London. This opportunity is made possible by the generosity of the Drapers Company of London, which for many years has had a special relationship with the College of William & Mary. At the Law School, the visible signs of this relationship are the stained glass figures of Blackstone and Wren at the north end of the lobby, which the Drapers Company obtained for us from Oxford University.
The student selected to serve as our Drapers Scholar will receive (1) a tuition waiver and (2) a grant to help with living expenses, set at an amount equal to the British maintenance award (approximately £10,000). The term of the appointment is one academic year. Classes begin early in October 2016 and end by mid-June 2017. The final degree examinations are scheduled for May and June and must be taken before returning home. Students who do not pass an examination must retake the exam in the UK in August. The dissertation, which is due in August, is submitted electronically.
Our Drapers Scholar may take courses at Queen Mary and Westfield College or any of the other three law faculties of the University of London. These include King’s College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University College of the School of Oriental and African Studies. In addition, the library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is open to the Drapers Scholar.
To apply, please give Cassi Fritzius [[w|cbfrit]] in the Dean's office a current resume and letter (no more than three pages single-spaced) describing the reasons for your interest in this scholarship and why you would benefit from the experience. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015. A faculty committee will screen applications and recommend the winner.
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