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Art Martin Memorial Fellowships
Summer Stipend Information
The Art Martin Memorial Fellowships will be awarded to law students who are committed to working in public interest jobs focusing on worker rights. The fellowships are funded by the Art Martin Memorial Fellowship Fund. The fellowship stipends will go to students who obtain volunteer (or low pay) positions for the summer with public interest or non-profit organizations committed to worker rights. Examples of such organizations would include the NLRB, the EEOC, and unions.
Requirements: Those interested in applying for the fellowship must be current Saint Louis University School of Law students who are not graduating in May 2014 and who will be enrolled as students at the law school in the fall of 2014. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to the due date.
Applications are due, IN TRIPLICATE, no later than FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 by 4:30 P.M., and should be turned in to Laura Bresnahan, Room 939.
Application Process: In order for a law student to be considered for a fellowship, three separate items must be submitted, IN TRIPLICATE:
- A current resume including contact information, school and work history; and
- A two to three page essay (double-spaced), outlining the applicant’s past, present and/or future interest in working to support and enhance worker rights and reasons why the applicant wants to be involved in such work this summer. Please include at the end of the essay a statement outlining your proposal for fellowship funds, detailing where the applicant plans to work, and the number of weeks and hours per week during the summer the applicant plans to work. If you have not yet secured a placement by the application deadline, this should be a statement outlining the places you have applied or intend to apply so the selection committee has an idea of what you may do.
- A completed Art Martin Memorial Fellowship Stipend Application form. Please keep in mind that the cap for fellowships is expected to be between $2000 to $2500.
Applicants wishing to work in a public interest job focused on worker rights this summer, but who have not yet secured a position should talk to Professors Ammann, FitzGibbon or McCormick or anyone in Career Services about available positions and possible arrangements prior to the application deadline of APRIL 4, 2014. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT SECURED A PUBLIC INTEREST POSITON BY THE DEADLINE, YOUR APPLICATION MUST STILL BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ANY FUNDING. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
PLEASE NOTE: Some summer placements are filled in early spring. To ensure a student's first choice of a placement, the student should apply for a position as soon as possible, and in doing so should inform the placement that he or she hopes to obtain a fellowship. If working for the placement is contingent on obtaining a fellowship, the student must inform the placement of that when applying.
Selection and Notification:
The fellowship Selection Committee, composed of the Wefel Center for Employment Law Co-Directors and one Professor and the Dean for Career Development, will determine who is eligible to receive a fellowship and the amount to be allocated to any fellowship recipients. The Committee has complete and final say as to fellowship allotments.
When the Selection Committee has determined the list of eligible recipients, a Committee member will contact and inform them that they are eligible to receive fellowship money. However, before an eligible recipient becomes entitled to receive any fellowship money, he or she MUST submit a letter of commitment from the organization for which he or she will work during the summer of 2014, outlining the volunteer nature of the position and the amount of time to be worked. The letter verifying employment, once submitted, will constitute an acceptance of the fellowship offer. If the eligible recipient fails to provide such a letter, the fellowship will pass to another applicant.
The student will also sign an agreement by which he or she agrees to repay the stipend if the student fails to complete the J.D. Degree at Saint Louis University.
Fellowship payments are usually allotted in one lump sum during late June or early July. Fellowship recipients will be notified as to the timing of this distribution after their employment has been verified.