A Cohort of Legally Minded Individuals
Lex Fellows are selected based on their interest in law, their commitment thereto, and the excellence they have so far achieved in their careers.
Therefore, when these individuals combine into one cohesive group, they form an excellence cadre of bright, hard working individuals who are able to make the most of their conversations with some of the top lawyers in the world.
For insight into some of what the Fellows have to say, see the Reviews page.
Congratulations to Ishmail Harris, the Lex Fellowship 2017 Distinguished Alumnus
Ishmail Harris (North Carolina Wesleyan College '18, Lex '17) was the honorary recipient of the distinguished Widger Leadership Scholarship from the Villanova University School of Law.
1. Tell us about your scholarship.
"It's called the Widger Leadership Scholarship. It entails a 3-year full tuition scholarship, personal mentoring by Mr. Widger himself and the Board of the law school for all three years (Mr. Widger is the Founder and head of Brinker Capital and a Villanova law school alumnus), assistance in getting a 1-L externship, and access to leadership development coaching and training. It also comes with responsibilities: as a Villanova student and alumnus, I will support other students, and I'm given preparation to be a leadership mentor for others.
The recipient is someone the university believes not only has a strong inclination toward law and business and leadership, but also the greatest potential in and outside the classroom."
2. What role did the Lex Fellowship play in your success?
"The Lex Fellowship opened my eyes to new ideas. It helped me with career discernment, allowed me to meet lawyers that I wouldn't have met in a different situation, so I'm grateful for that. It allowed me to travel to Madrid and learn about the unique topic of Spanish law. It helped me grow as a person and I as able to develop those weeks: I became more responsible and more independent because it was my first time away from home. And it made me more studious because of the research we did [in the prep meetings]."
3. How did the Fellowship help with your career discernment?
"It reinforced that I wanted to practice corporate law. But I also learned a lot about types of law that I found interesting and unique such as maritime law and intellectual property. When I met with corporate lawyers, I was interested, intrigued and excited and they were too to meet me. I still email and talk to [several of the Lex '17 speakers] to get their advice.
I still keep in touch with my fellow Lex Fellows and we often make plans to see each other. I'm grateful for these connections with my peers."
4. What were the highlights of your LF experience?
"The firms were a big highlight. The food is an amazing highlight. The mentorship from the staff was a highlight: they cared about us as people and as future professionals, and stressed that we take advantage of every opportunity on the Fellowship. I loved the city [of Madrid], Segovia, Toledo, and the Gothic cathedral [in Toledo]. The tours and medieval castles [in Segovia] were interesting. Many agree including myself that the world we live in is moving towards greater globalization. It is to one's own benefit to become well traveled and see all that the world has to offer to understand each other more. This is important from a professionalism aspect as well as growing and improving as a person. The Lex Fellowship was my first step into the pool of global experiences and I am grateful for it!"