The Center for Legal and Court Technology
The Center for Legal and Court Technology currently has a limited number of fellowships available for students. As a condition of each fellowship, a student must commit to work an average of 8-10 hours per week each semester to the Center and maintain a 2.9 grade point average. The Center works in many areas in law and psychology, with most projects having a technological, medical, empirical or experimental aspect. Thus, we encourage students with diverse educational backgrounds to apply. The fellowships are renewable; availability of fellowships for first-year students varies from year to year. Center fellowship applicants should have an interest in the impact of technology on the legal system; a technology background is helpful but not required.
Election Law Program
The Election Law Program, a joint venture of William & Mary Law School and the National Center for State Courts (neighboring the Law School), seeks to improve the resolution of election-related disputes. The Program works with the vibrant, student-run Election Law Society to host a variety of speakers throughout the academic year, run the annual Election Law Symposium, and undertake a number of grant-related activities. William & Mary students interested in political law engage in a variety of activities including, for example, working on grant-funded election law projects, volunteering on campaigns, externing at Virginia’s State Board of Elections or the state legislature’s Privileges and Elections Committee, drafting election reports for the ABA and other entities. The Election Law Program offers Election Law Fellowships to incoming 1Ls with a demonstrated interest in election law through a competitive selection process. Students selected as Election Law Program Fellows commit to working 10 hours per week each semester on election law-related research–either for a law professor or for the National Center for State Courts.
Institute of Bill of Rights Law
The Institute of Bill of Rights Law contributes to the ongoing national dialogue about important issues related to the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Institute carries forth its mission through a rich variety of activities, such as debates and lectures, scholarly conferences, its annual Supreme Court Preview, publication of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and a Student Division that involves students in the Institute’s various endeavors. Institute Fellows should have a demonstrated interest in constitutional law. They must commit to 10 hours of work per week each semester to work on Institute programs and conferences and also serve as research assistants for professors. Selected Fellows will have the option to work for the Institute during the summer after their first year.
The Wolf Law Library has a fellowship for highly qualified students with M.L.S. degrees. As a condition of the award, a Law Librarian Fellow will work in the library during his or her three years of law school. The work requirement associated with this award equals 8-10 hours per week each semester and four hours per week during the exam period. There may be opportunities for additional paid employment in the library during the summer.
Public Service Admission Ambassadors
Public Service Admission Ambassadors will serve as admission ambassadors with a focus on public service, relating both to legal work and to community service. Public Service Admission Ambassador positions are available to applicants who have served in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, or another similar program of a year or more.
PSAAs must be knowledgeable of the public service initiatives at William & Mary Law School and service activities in the greater Williamsburg community, and they will act as contact persons for prospective students interested in public service work, whether career or pro bono. PSAAs will receive scholarship funds and must commit to work eight hours per week during each semester. PSAAs will also be guaranteed a stipend for qualifying public service summer internships that they have secured, although they will not be required to pursue public service internships.
Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic
The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic is a pioneer in advocating for our nation's veterans in their disability compensation claims and discharge upgrades by partnering with professionals from other disciplines. The Puller Clinic accomplishes this mission largely through the efforts of students working within the clinic who are passionate about the issues that our returning veterans face, and eager to help our nation fulfill its obligation to those injured during service. Veterans' law and public policy research, outreach events, individual case management, grant related activities, and fundraising are all aspects of this dynamic program. Puller Veterans Clinic Fellows must commit to 8-10 hours per week each semester. Work includes but is not limited to legal research and writing on veterans' issues and Puller Clinic activities in outreach, social media, and fundraising.
Special Education Advocacy Clinic
The Parents Engaged in Learning Equality Special Education Advocacy Clinic (PELE Clinic) was created to help children with disabilities and their families obtain the appropriate education to which they are entitled under the law. The PELE Clinic handles issues from eligibility through due process, with significant focus on the IEP process and behavioral interventions. In addition, the PELE Clinic sponsors an annual Institute in Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) where attorneys, law professors, experienced advocates and law students come from around the country to take a week-long intensive to advance their advocacy skills and knowledge in special education issues. The fellow will commit 8-10 hours per week to the PELE Clinic and ISEA, providing research for the director in special education issues, aiding in outreach, education, marketing and fundraising efforts, and assisting in individual client representation matters when appropriate.
Virginia Coastal Policy Center
The Virginia Coastal Policy Center works to at the intersection of law, science and policy to respond to the challenges and changes that threaten the natural and human resources of Virginia coastal resources and communities. A unique partnership of science and law, the VCPC works alongside the scientists and policy makers of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and VA Sea Grant, both located at William & Mary. From the impacts of sea level rise on transportation infrastructure and home ownership to the impacts of changes in salinity on wetland ecosystems and aquatic habitats, the VCPC confronts the environmental challenges of today and works with state and local governments, scientists and planners, elected officials and business leaders to identify obstacles and craft solutions, providing the legal background and analysis necessary for solving problems and taking action. The selected VCPC Graduate Fellow will assist the director of the VCPC in the myriad of activities in which the clinic engages, including, for example, reviewing VCPC “white papers” prior to publication, organizing outreach efforts to stakeholders, assisting in the development of the annual VCPC climate change conference, and crafting environmental grant solicitations and obligations. The Fellow will commit to 8 – 10 hours a week working on VCPC priorities as assigned by the director. Students should have an interest in environmental/natural resource issues as well as the interdisciplinary nature of coastal public policy debates and decisions.