Appellate Litigation Graduate Teaching Fellowships
The Appellate Litigation Program offers two graduate fellowships for LL.M. candidates interested in training as appellate advocates. In addition to arguing at least one case, the fellows work with students on cases pending in the D.C. Court of Appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. The fellows supervise student written work and oral advocacy preparation in order to enhance the student learning process and to develop the fellows' own skills as clinicians and litigators.
Fellows also participate in the Appellate Litigation Program's weekly seminar. The fellows and the director jointly teach the seminar, exploring many aspects of appellate procedure and professional responsibility.
The fellowship provides an opportunity to prepare the candidate for a career in teaching, litigation, or both. The emphasis of the program is determined by the fellow and the director. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute’s moot court program that conducts moot courts for attorneys who are about to appear in the Supreme Court of the United States.
There are two Appellate Litigation Fellowships, with one starting each year. The next fellowship that will become available is set to begin in the summer of 2015. We will accept applications for the next available fellowship between September 1 and December 1, 2014.
Due to an administrative error, we have reopened the fellowship application period until early March. This development should not be seen as a determination that the current pool of applicants is inadequate as that is not the case at all. Rather, it is a smaller pool and we may have sent out the unintended message in some quarters that the fellowship was not available this year. We feel a need to correct that error; therefore, the application period for this fellowship will close on March 2, 2015. We expect to make a final decision by late March of 2015 whereby the person would begin their fellowship with us no later than mid-August of 2015.
There is no formal application for the fellowship. Rather, interested persons should apply by writing to Professor Steven H. Goldblatt, Director, Appellate Litigation Program, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave, NW, McD Room 306, Washington, DC 20001-2075. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and official law school transcript. The application process has become increasingly competitive. Fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission no later than 90 days after the commencement of the fellowship. Candidates should have at least one year of relevant experience beyond the J.D. degree (e.g., clerkship, government or private practice) and membership in a state bar. Superior writing skills and a strong academic background are required. A federal clerkship, appellate litigation experience, teaching experience, and experience with immigration or civil rights litigation are highly desirable.