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Supreme Court Fellows Program - Application

Applicant Instructions

Type all responses and answer all questions fully. Do not include supplementary material (such as books you have written); it will not be reviewed if sent. Do not mail your application in a binder or package it in any elaborate way. Use a paper clip or binder clip to hold the pages together. Applicants will be notified when their complete application has been received.

If you prefer mailing your application, you may print the PDF version (download: size 280 KB), type all the responses and answers, and mail your application to:

Supreme Court Fellows Program
Room 5
Supreme Court of the United States
Washington, D.C. 20543

Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by the November 14, 2014, deadline.

Note: Required fields are in yellow.

1. Candidate Information

Home Address:

Employment Information:

How did you hear about the Supreme Court Fellows Program?

Please answer the following questions. Explain any questions answered YES, including appropriate details and resolution, in the explanatory text box below. (All questions are required.)

  • Have you ever worked for or are you now working for the federal government, or are you being paid by federal funds? (Include active duty military service.)

  • Have you ever been discharged from the armed forces under other than honorable conditions?

  • Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense?

  • Have you ever been charged with a felony?

  • Have you ever been charged with a violation of any firearms or explosives laws?

  • Have you ever failed to meet a court-ordered child support payment?

  • Are you delinquent on any federal debt?

  • Have you ever been suspended, disciplined, or barred from any occupation or practice by any regulatory agency, professional association or organization because of your conduct?

  • Explanatory text:

2. Investigation

I know and understand that any or all items contained herein may be reviewed by representatives of the Commission, including former Supreme Court fellows, and, if I become a finalist, are subject to investigation or verification by duly accredited investigators of the federal government.

3. Resume

Please attach your resume below. Your resume MUST be in either PDF or Microsoft WORD format. Include the following:

  1. Career and Employment History
  2. Educational Background
  3. Professional Activities
  4. Volunteer Activities

4. Research Proposal

Please attach an original research proposal on a legal topic of scholarly interest, limited to 1,000 words. The proposal should indicate which of the four sponsoring offices would be the appropriate venue to conduct your research. We will evaluate your proposal as indicative of your professional interests and your potential for producing useful scholarship during the fellowship. Although the topic you choose should reflect your primary interests, it will not determine your placement among the four offices or prevent you from being considered by all four of the sponsoring offices. Your Proposal MUST be in either PDF or Microsoft WORD format.

5. References

Please reproduce the Candidate Evaluation form that is part of this application and and give it to two persons who will provide references on your behalf. References should have direct knowledge of your qualifications and character. Each reference should send the evaluation directly to the program. Letters of recommendation must be received or postmarked by the November 14, 2014, deadline. Your application cannot be considered without these references.

In the space below, list the names and contact information for the individuals submitting candidate evaluations on your behalf.

Reference #1

Reference #2

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"One of the major attractions of the fellowship is the Fellows themselves; I regard my co-Fellows and many program alumni as lifelong friends and unequalled professional contacts."

Ira P. Robbins
Barnard T. Welsh

Scholar and Professor of Law and Justice, Washington College of Law, American University

June 29, 2015 | Version 2014.1