Frequently Asked Questions

 

How Do I apply?  Applications are available beginning today.  You will be asked to fill out an application, which will include a statement of interest and a resume. Applications are due on Thursday, March 2.  They should be submitted to Adjunct Professor David J. Gottlieb at gottlid@wfu.edu.

How many students will be admitted?  We will accept 12 students, who will be notified within one week of the application deadline.  Students who are not immediately accepted shall be placed on a waiting list.

What are the criteria for admission?  We will consider your interest in the program, your willingness to accept responsibility, the extent we believe you can benefit from the program, and your ability to successfully engage in the work.  We will look at your grades and other achievements; your grades are relevant but they are not determinative.

Where may I work?  Students work at governmental and non-profit offices throughout the Washington DC area.  There are literally hundreds of different locations that wish to work with interns.  In the past, we have had students work in non-profit organizations such as the NAACP, Republican National Committee, National Public Radio, Center for International Environmental Law, International Justice Organization, and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative.  Our governmental placements include the EPA, SEC, FCC, DHS, EEOC, the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce and the US Court of Claims.  We have received expressions of interest from offices in other agencies and not for profit organizations.

How will I get placed?  We will try to match you with a supervisor or office consistent with your interests and professional goals.  We have ongoing relationships with many agencies.  You are welcome to apply to these places, but you are also free to seek out  “new” offices that offer opportunities consistent with your professional goals.  If you are accepted into our program, one of the most important parts of your efforts will occur next summer, as you identify the particular places that most interest you.  Once you have engaged in that process, we will work with you to help secure an internship that meets your needs.  Applications for placements in various offices are usually submitted between mid-summer to early fall, and we usually know about acceptances any time between August and October.

What if I don’t get a placement I like?  If we cannot match you with a suitable location, you will be free to withdraw from the course.  In the past seven years, we have secured offers for each of the students who have been admitted into the program.

How long does the course last?  You will be expected to arrive before the first day of class in the Spring 2017 semester.  The placements will last until the final day of class.  You will be expected to work 14 full weeks.

How many credits will I receive?  You shall receive 10 non-graded credits for the work in your office.  You will also receive three graded credits for your participation in a mandatory classroom component.

What if I need additional credits?  You may enroll in one or two additional research credits, consistent with law school requirements for directed research.

Where will I live?  Although you are responsible for your own housing during the semester, we will work with you to find the most economical and convenient locations.  We understand that this is often a difficult endeavor, and we are constantly on the lookout for lower-cost options for our students.

What if I have more questions?  Please feel free to email Professor Gottlieb at gottlid@wfu.edu or call at 785-766-9861.  You should also review the material available on the law school’s website.   Finally, we will have an information session at noon on Feb. 15, 2017.