Law Fellowship Established
by Richard Paige
October 31, 2014
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Wabash College and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law have entered into a partnership agreement creating the Wabash Law Fellowship program. Each year Wabash College will nominate two students or alumni for admission to IU McKinney, following nomination procedures outlined by the College.
"One of our strategic priorities is to create these kinds of meaningful partnerships," said Wabash College President Gregory D. Hess. "We are proud to establish this scholarship program with the McKinney School of Law and look forward to the great opportunities for mentoring and instruction it will offer our students in the years to come."
“I’m very excited about our new agreement with our partners at Wabash College. The McKinney School of Law is incredibly proud of the long list of Wabash grads who are also our alumni, many of whom are leaders in this community and beyond,” said Dean Andrew R. Klein. “Our agreement with Wabash, which provides fellows the ability to differentiate their law school education through experiential learning in the state capital and through an opportunity to work under a faculty member in their chosen area of study, will ensure that our institutions’ partnership grows even stronger.”
Applicants must be nominated by Wabash College, representatives of which will consider prior academic performance; letters of recommendation; professional, volunteer and leadership experience, and areas of interest in the legal profession.
Those chosen as fellows will receive a minimum of a half-tuition scholarship; a designation as a program fellow in the student’s chosen area of study with an opportunity to meet with faculty in the first semester of law school to determine a specific area of study, should the student desire it; paid employment as a research assistant after completing 30 hours of law school work; and guarantees experiential learning opportunities.
Wabash will nominate current students or alumni for the program beginning with IU McKinney’s Fall 2015 class. Nomination deadline is February 1, 2015.
“This partnership is an affirmation of our continuing efforts to improve our pre-law program,” said Scott Himsel, visiting associate professor of political science, who oversees the Wabash pre-law program. “You have to be prepared and agile in order to respond to the demands and needs of the client. We view the Wabash liberal arts environment as ideal in preparing people for the study and practice of law by giving students the ability to think, write, and speak effectively.”
The College now has established partnerships at both of IU’s schools of law, as the Wabash Law Scholars program was announced in June for Bloomington’s Maurer School.