How Fellows Are Chosen

  • The number of fellowships TLF awards each year varies depending on fundraising. TLF will award fellowships to as many students as funds allow. In the past, TLF has been able to support between 15 and 35 students.
  • Fellowships are awarded in two ways:
    • Fundraising: Two-thirds of fellowships will be awarded based on the number of donors who voted for an applicant or project.
    • Holistic Review:The remaining third of fellowships will be awarded based on a holistic review of applications. The review will be performed by a committee that includes UT Law faculty, staff, and students. Applicants will remain anonymous during this process. The review committee will consider the following:
      • Commitment to public service, as shown by an applicant’s resume, essay, and class year. (E.g., a 2L returning to public interest work for a second summer may be presumed more committed than an otherwise identical 1L.)
      • Pro bono hours.
      • Fundraising.
  • TLF recipients will be notified after the Spring Pledge Drive.

Requirements After Receiving a Fellowship

Fellowship recipients will be required to write a thank-you letter to donors, provide TLF with a photograph from their summer work, and to be available to speak briefly about their summer experiences to donors or other students during the subsequent school year.