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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
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by the November 6, 2015, 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. Certification

I certify that all of the statements in this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and are made in good faith.

3. Résumé

Please attach your resume below. Your résumé 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. Recommendations

Please reproduce the Candidate Recommendation form that is part of this application and and give it to two persons who will provide recommendations on your behalf. Recommenders should have direct knowledge of your qualifications and character. Each recommender should send the recommendation directly to the program. Letters of recommendation must be received or postmarked by the November 6, 2015, deadline. Your application cannot be considered without these recommendations.

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

Recommender #1

Recommender #2

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"As a result of the fellowship, I learned to think about the craft of judging in more nuanced and complex ways and to reflect critically on the role of judges in civil law versus common law systems."

Carmen Gonzalez
Professor of law, Seattle University School of Law

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