You are passionate about your child’s education and future career. We are too. That’s why we make it our mission to prepare undergraduates interested in law to confidently pursue the legal profession through mentorship and exposure to diverse fields of law.
Please read through the FAQs listed below and reach out to us directly if you have remaining questions about The Lex Fellowship program.
Parent Testimonial: Theresa Marin
Theresa, how did you feel about The Lex Fellowship when Amber first told you about it?
I was apprehensive about Amber going abroad when she first told me about the Fellowship. Then I did some research of my own. I started by googling the Lex Fellowship and found their website. After reviewing their website, I found their Facebook page and read over the comments from other students that went through the program. After I read what other students had to say, I was very excited.
How did you feel after she returned?
After Amber returned, I was excited by how much she learned from the program. I knew that it would be a great experience, but it seemed to have gone above and beyond her expectations, which reassured me that it was all very worthwhile. I was very confident about her ability to navigate law schools. The program seemed to give her a step up that she might not have otherwise gotten.
As a parent, what excites you about the Lex Fellowship?
It allows Fellows to experience the world in a very safe environment. I enjoyed the amount of people working to ensure that Amber was safe while in Italy. I was also excited about her opportunity to interact with a different legal system because the world is getting smaller, so to speak.
What would you tell the parents of a student considering Lex?
It is a great opportunity for their child to study abroad and come back with a wide variety of experiences they may not have gotten otherwise.
What is this program?
The Lex Fellowship is an immersive legal education program that combines real-world exposure to various fields of law with mentorship and training from a current law school student. During the course of the program, Fellows visit a variety of law firms and legal institutions in Madrid or D.C. alongside a Legal Advisor, a current law school student who acts as the cohort’s guide and mentor.
How much does it cost?
The program fee varies based on location and Fellowship length. You can visit this page to see a break-down of the fees and what they cover.
Do Fellows need to know a language other than English?
There are no language requirements to participate in the Lex Fellowship, and we do not expect Fellows to speak the language of their host city. All participating attorneys are able to communicate in English.
Will my child be safe?
The Site Manager’s role is to focus on the safety logistics of the program, such as navigating the city, planning the weekend excursions, and being the point of contact for any emergencies. The Site Manager is often a resident of the city, and they work for the program on a full-time basis while the session is running. Your child will be connected with the Site Manager and the rest of the students before the program begins.
J.L. Nwadiuko | ‘19 Site Manager
“My job is a 24/7 job; my phone is always on. The students can reach me at any point. When some of our students have gotten sick, I hop in my car to help. Whether it's housing problems, safety, or getting around the city, my job is to always be within reach, for both the Fellows and for their emergency contacts.”
Do the Fellows live with roommates?
Yes, your child should expect to share a room with 1-3 other Fellows in the program.
Who is onsite to help the Fellows?
The Site Manager (see above) is the main point of contact for safety and logistics questions from the Fellows. We have a network of international staff that supervise and support our Site Managers, providing additional resources as necessary.
With whom should I get in touch if there is a problem during the program?
The Site Manager will be your best point of contact, and you and your child will have their contact information before the Fellowship begins. We will also provide you with an emergency line that you can access if needed.
How will my child get from the airport to housing upon arrival?
Since our Fellows arrive at all times on the first day of the program, the Site Manager greets each student at the housing instead of at the airport. Before the Fellowship begins, the post-enrollment team will provide your student with a detailed overview of the city’s transportation options and help them come up with the best plan for their specific travel itinerary. There are additional options such as coordinating with other Fellows to meet at the airport and travel to housing together. Regardless of what is best for your child, we will make sure that you feel secure in your plan before the session begins!
Will I be able to contact my child? How?
Yes, you will be able to contact your child during the program. The post-enrollment team can share commonly used phone apps for international communication (WhatsApp is what the Site Manager will use with the cohort of Fellows).
How do the Fellows get around in the city?
Transportation from the housing to the firm sites and the weekend excursions is included in the program fee. A Lex staff member will be with the Fellows for those trips, and the group will travel as a cohort. It is most likely that a local transit pass will be purchased for the duration of the program, which will allow your child to have transit access for their free time as well. The Site Manager will provide safety tips and suggestions for any city travel that is not part of our programming.
How many excursions are there?
The amount of excursions in the program varies based on the season and length of time that your child chooses. The Admissions Coordinator can provide more details on how many to expect, based on their specific location and dates as well.
How many meals are covered?
All breakfasts are covered, along with 2 lunches and 2 dinners per week of the program.
What will housing accommodations be like?
Housing varies by location and session and could be a university dorm, an apartment, or international student housing. We consider the safety of the neighborhood and travel distance to the firms when making a final selection. Fellows can expect to have at least one roommate.