Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

JD Civitas ChildLaw Fellows Program


Fellowship Application The ChildLaw Fellows program is intended for students who seek a law degree in order to advocate for children in their legal careers.  Each year Loyola selects up to ten ChildLaw Fellows from among students admitted to the entering full-time or part-time day JD class.  Fellows received $20,000 in scholarship assistance over three years, internship experience, and, in addition to the regular law school curriculum, pursue an interdisciplinary course of study that provides the knowledge and skills required to become leaders in the profession working on behalf of children and families.  To date, over one hundred ChildLaw Fellows have graduated from the program and are making a difference in the lives of children around the world.  For an overview of the ChildLaw Fellows program featuring students and alumni, please visit www.youtube.com/user/Childlaw.

Application Form

Application Process
Only first-year students admitted to the full-time and part-time day program are eligible to receive a ChildLaw Fellowship. All applicants for the Fellowship must submit a completed application form, resume, essay, and one letter of recommendation. Fellowship applications may be submitted at the same time as a candidate’s application to Loyola’s School of Law or thereafter. The letter of recommendation may be from the same recommender for both, but individual copies must be submitted with each application.
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, but no later than March 1.

Selection Criteria and Process
ChildLaw Fellows are selected on the basis of academic ability, leadership potential, and a commitment to children’s welfare. Diversity of background and experience is highly valued.

The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews all applications and selects a pool of Fellowship finalists.  All finalists attend a day-long interview at Loyola in late March.  Finalists will be notified in advance and will be asked to make travel arrangement to Chicago.  Travel may be required on short notice.  Finalists who travel from outside the Chicago area will be reimbursed up to $200 for travel expenses.  Applicants are notified of their status by April 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualities does the Fellowship Selection Committee look for in a Loyola ChildLaw Fellow?
Fellows are selected on the basis of academic ability, leadership potential and, most importantly, a commitment to using their legal training to promote children's welfare.

What are the expectations for ChildLaw Fellows? 
The ChildLaw Fellowship Program is intended for law students who intend to pursue careers in children's advocacy. During their three years at Loyola, Fellows are expected to complete the required curriculum, satisfy a two-internship requirement, and participate in all ChildLaw program activities. After graduation, Fellows must use their specialized training to represent children's legal interests for two years. If a graduate is unable to meet this expectation, he or she has a moral obligation to reimburse Loyola for all fellowship support so that these monies can be reinvested in future Fellows.

If I receive a ChildLaw Fellowship, am I eligible for financial aid?
Yes. The Fellowship is in addition to any other financial aid for which a Loyola law student may qualify.

If am not selected as a ChildLaw Fellow, may I still participate in the ChildLaw program at Loyola?
Absolutely! ChildLaw courses, symposia, clinical, and externship opportunities are open to all Loyola law students. Students are invited to attend a ChildLaw orientation program in August to learn about the full range of activities in which they are encouraged to participate.

Meet the 2014 Class of ChildLaw Fellows 
Meet Some of Our Fellow Alumni