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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.

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.

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.

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 2019-20 academic year, Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships will be awarded to students who commit to work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) or the Community Justice Program (CJP) on legal matters for veterans. The program will provide a fellowship of $2,500 per semester.

The fellows will be selected based on academic credentials, commitment to public service, and interest in veterans’ issues.

Each fellow is expected to work 120 hours per 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 an 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, TRLA, and CJP, 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 from both placement sites will attend a number of 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 these events, the fellows will work alongside practicing attorneys to provide advice to veterans on a variety of legal issues.

The deadline to apply for a this fellowship is 11:59 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Currently, one fellowship is available for spring and summer 2020 to work with CJP.

For additional information, please contact Karen L. Kelley.

Summer Public Service Fellowships

The St. Mary’s Summer Public Service Fellowship provides financial assistance to a first-year or second-year law student who has secured a position for the summer of 2020 with a legal aid or legal services provider serving low-income clients or a governmental agency and will work at least 240 hours this summer.

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 or governmental agency in order to be eligible.

The deadline to complete the Public Service Fellowship Application is Monday, March 30, 2020 at noon.

For additional information, please contact Robin Thorner.

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