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St. Mary’s Law Fellowships

Additional fellowships offered through the law school:
Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships
Public Interest Fellowships


St. Mary’s Law Fellowships

The St. Mary’s Law Fellowship program allows selected students with a record of academic success to collaborate with faculty and practitioners in a variety of legal fields. Fellowships are designated in areas of legal practice or service to provide students with a better understanding of the law and legal practice.

For mentorship, fellows will be partnered with faculty members, senior mentors and alumni in the student’s field of interest. Fellows will be invited to programming throughout their time at St. Mary’s and are encouraged to engage in leadership within the law school and in their respective fields.

The program has three categories of participation.

Fellows are current students at St. Mary’s Law who received a fellowship. An individual may apply or be nominated for a fellowship at any time. A fellowship award will depend on the student’s record in academics and leadership, and funding availability. Law fellow graduates are encouraged to become senior mentors.

Faculty mentors are professors at the School of Law who have a strong interest or expertise in the Fellowship field. Faculty mentors meet fellows individually and collectively, invite them to observe activities related to their field, and host at least one event per semester for the fellows and senior mentors in their field.

Senior mentors are attorneys, judges, public officials, corporate officials and others with an interest in the success of St. Mary’s J.D. students, with experience in or a strong interest in the field of a Fellowship. Senior mentors meet fellows individually and collectively, host events for fellows, invite them to observe activities related to their field, and may join the faculty mentor in their field in activities for their fellows.

St. Mary’s Law Fellowships are designated in fields drawn from arenas of legal practice or service
and from areas of interest in the better understanding of the law and legal practice. Fellows may
request to be reassigned a designation during their legal education.

What fellows need to know

Retention of Fellowship: Accepting a fellowship is a commitment to learn and to serve. A student retains the fellowship for as long as the student demonstrates the character and fitness to practice law and to be a servant leader while pursuing the degree for which the student was offered a fellowship.

Stipends and Retention of Stipends: Some fellows are awarded a stipend or scholarship. A fellow who does not satisfy any listed terms or conditions of the stipend will lose their stipend. A fellow who loses a stipend, but remains a St. Mary’s J.D. student in good standing, will retain the fellowship, without the stipend.

Fields of Study: Fellows are encouraged to select a field of interest before matriculation. However, a fellow may wait to designate a field until their first semester of study. A fellow may request the Fellowships Coordinator to change his or her designated field at any time. Changes are usually effective at the end of the semester in which they are requested.


Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships

The Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships provide financial support to students who commit to work on legal matters for veterans. This program is funded by a generous gift from the Moody Foundation.

For the 2018–19 academic year, Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships will be awarded to students who commit to work at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), with TRLA’s Veterans Advocacy Project, on legal matters for veterans. The program will provide a $4,000 fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year or a $2,000 fellowship for the summer, fall semester, or spring semester.

Applicants must be entering their second or third year of the J.D. program in Fall 2018. The fellows will be selected based on academic credentials, commitment to public service, and interest in veterans’ issues.

Each fellow is expected to work at least 240 hours for the academic year or at least 120 hours during one semester. In discussion with the supervising attorneys, the fellow may choose from a number of options regarding the number of weeks and number of hours per week to meet this total hour requirement.

Fellows will work under the supervision of a TRLA attorney. Fellows may work on a variety of legal matters for veteran clients, including housing, family law, public benefits and general litigation matters. The fellows may also work to solve barriers to housing and employability for veterans, through driver’s license restoration or criminal record expunctions.

In the course of their work, fellows will have the opportunity to attend meetings of working groups and coalitions that include St. Mary’s School of Law and TRLA, along with other veteran-serving providers throughout the San Antonio community. These forums will provide the fellows a wider perspective on the many legal and social issues facing veterans, including veterans experiencing homelessness. In addition, fellows will attend a number of Community Justice Program (CJP) pro bono legal advice and counsel clinics for veterans, sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Association, held monthly at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital. At CJP, the fellows will work alongside practicing attorneys to provide advice to veterans on a variety of legal issues.

The deadline to apply for a Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowship is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Applicants for Summer 2018 are encouraged to apply by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018.

Application

For additional information, please contact Karen L. Kelley, Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Professor of Law, at kkelley2@stmarytx.edu.


Public Interest Fellowship

The St. Mary’s Public Interest Fellowship provides financial assistance to a first-year or second-year law student who has secured a position for the summer of 2017 with a legal aid or legal services provider serving low-income clients.

Please note that, unlike some other fellowship opportunities, you must have already accepted a position with a non-profit legal aid or legal services provider in order to be eligible. Additionally, this funding is not for government sector positions, such as internships with a judge, a DA’s office or the Office of the Attorney General, to name a few.

The Application and Agency Agreement Form (filled out by your employer) must be received by the Office of Career Services along with your application.

The deadline to submit an Application and the Agency Agreement Form for a Public Interest Fellowship is 5 p.m., Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Public Interest Fellowship Application

Public Interest Fellowship Agency Agreement Form

For additional information, please contact Robin Thorner, Director of the School of Law’s Office of Career Services, at rthorner@stmarytx.edu.