FELLOWSHIPS


Center for Legal & Court Technology Fellows

The Center for Legal & Court Technology periodically has fellowships available. These fellowships are reserved for students, including newly admitted students, with extensive prior experience in an area of great importance to the Center such as technical or marketing skills. Center Fellowships carry a stipend and some, such as the Richard Herrmann Fellowship, are funded by the generosity of the Center’s benefactors. Others are funded either from the Center’s operating funds or from grants. Center Fellows work an average of ten hours a week and often occupy important positions within the Center. CLCT student fellowships may be awarded to any law student, whether in-state or out-of-state. Applicants may apply directly to the Center for Legal and Court Technology after applying for admission to the Law School. Applicants should contact the Director, Professor Fred Lederer at (757) 221-3792 or filede@wm.edu or the Associate Director for Operations and Administration, Nancy Archibald, at (757) 221-2228 or nvarch@wm.edu.


William & Mary Graduate Fellows

Highly qualified out-of-state William & Mary law students may qualify for a Graduate Fellowship from the Law School. Graduate Fellows receive in-state tuition and a stipend in return for a weekly work commitment.  A small number of Graduate Fellows may be offered the opportunity to join the staff of the Center for Legal & Court Technology for their three years of law school. Fellowships frequently are reserved for law students with significant experience in fields as varied as information technology, research, education, engineering, assistive technology, audio-video technology, courtroom technology (including video communications), journalism, administration, business and management, sales and marketing, legal technology, public relations, development, court administration, the military, and law.

Law school applicants interested in applying for a graduate fellowship should contact William & Mary Law School’s Admissions Office. Admitted students who have been offered graduate fellowships and are interested in a Center Graduate Fellowship should notify the Admissions Office of their interest. They should also feel free to directly contact the Director, Professor Fred Lederer, at (757) 221-3792 or filede@wm.edu or the Associate Director for Operations and Administration, Nancy Archibald, at (757) 221-2228 or nvarch@wm.edu.


Benjamin Franklin Fellows

Benjamin Franklin Fellowships are available to lawyers and non-lawyers interested in legal technology.

Franklin Fellows spend one academic year in residence at William & Mary Law School taking a prescribed course of study that concentrates on the School’s legal technology offerings but which also permits a limited choice of non-technology-related electives. Non-lawyer Franklin Fellows ordinarily are interested in learning enough law to be able to participate actively in a legal environment. Accordingly, non-lawyer Franklin Fellows complete William & Mary’s prize-winning Legal Skills Program, learning professional ethics, legal research and writing, interviewing, negotiating, and trial and appellate practice, as well as evidence.

Franklin Fellows are also given the opportunity to work with the Center for Legal & Court Technology during their year in residence.

Franklin Fellows pay one year’s out-of-state-tuition and fees. Fellows do not receive course credit for their studies. The Franklin Fellowship is ideal for lawyers wishing to transition into legal technology and for non-lawyers working in the legal technology area who wish to both bolster their legal technology knowledge and to obtain a working understanding of law and lawyers.

A person interested in a Franklin Fellowship should contact the Director, Professor Fred Lederer at (757) 221-3792 or filede@wm.edu.


Roger Strand Post-Graduate Fellowships

The Roger Strand Post-Graduate Fellowship permits a lawyer, usually a recent law graduate, to work with the Center for Legal & Court Technology as a colleague for one or two years. Named in honor of United States Senior District Judge Roger Strand of Arizona, the “godfather” of courtroom technology, the Strand Fellowship is designed for highly technologically qualified lawyers who are potentially interested in working in the areas of law firm, court, or courtroom technology. The Strand Fellowship includes a stipend to provide for living expenses. The availability of the Strand Fellowship is highly dependent upon available funding.

A person interested in a Roger Strand Post-Graduate Fellowship should contact the Director, Professor Fred Lederer at (757) 221-3792 or filede@wm.edu.


Research Fellowships

Specially qualified persons with a specific interest in an area within the general mission of the Center for Legal & Court Technology may apply to spend time in residence at William & Mary, working with the Center to further their legal, empirical, commercial, or technological goals. Ordinarily, Research Fellows receive administrative support and (limited) office space. Each research fellowship is unique, and applicants should be prepared to present a detailed proposal.

A person interested in a Center for Legal & Court Technology research fellowship should contact the Director, Professor Fred Lederer at (757) 221-3792 or filede@wm.edu.