The Fellowship Year
Activities and Opportunities
The fellows will have substantive duties and responsibilities relevant to their placement, but they will also engage in a variety of special activities that broaden the fellowship experience. In the fall, the fellows attend the Supreme Court Preview sponsored by William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Throughout the fellowship, fellows are invited to attend special luncheon seminars sponsored by the Counselor to the Chief Justice. Past luncheon speakers have included the Solicitor General, Legal Adviser to the State Department, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and White House Counsel.
Fellows are invited to Supreme Court Historical Society events, including Courtroom lectures with distinguished speakers, and have the chance to interact with other fellowship programs, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Political Science Association, and White House Fellows Programs. The Supreme Court Fellows Program Alumni Association hosts various events for the current fellows including the Association’s annual meeting and panel discussion, which features prominent speakers from the judiciary, academia, and the media.
Although the program offers a wide range of scheduled events, fellows are encouraged to maximize the experience by taking advantage of all our Nation’s Capital has to offer. In the spirit of fellowship, participants collaborate with one another and seek out educational and cultural events tailored to their own interests. Those activities have ranged from lectures at the National Archives to performances at the Kennedy Center. Participants typically find that the fellowship experience creates bonds and professional friendships that continue throughout their careers.
Supreme Court Fellows Program Alumni Association members at the 2013 annual meeting
The Supreme Court Fellowship is a one-year appointment, beginning in August or September; the exact duration is subject to mutual agreement between each fellow and the program's executive director.
Supreme Court Fellows become employees of the federal court system and receive salaries equivalent to GS-12/1 of the government pay scale (currently $74,872). Fellows are eligible for health, life insurance, and other benefits programs offered to federal employees.