Why Choose Lex?
Why should I choose the Lex Fellowship?
Traditional internships are often designed for the benefit of the firm - regardless of the profile of the company, interns are often doing lower-level, administrative work that fits with their current level of experience, rather than expanding it. This type of role is unlikely to help you better understand law and the specializations within it, especially when you are deciding whether to make the investment of going to law school.
Unlike a traditional internship, the Lex Fellowship is designed for your benefit - it provides you with higher-level, direct legal experience that stands out on your resume and pushes you to develop new skill-sets that will set you apart in your future applications. You will work under a Legal Advisor from a top-tier U.S.-based law school whose top priority for your month abroad is to guide you and the other Fellows through each case study given to you by a diverse range of law firms in Europe (which we take care of coordinating with).
Our 4-week sessions are also the perfect opportunity to study abroad in a meaningful way and outside of the regular academic calendar. We currently offer programs in Barcelona, Madrid, London, Rome, and Washington, DC, and plan excursions for you to make the most of being in a new city!
Should I do the Lex Fellowship or a paid internship?
The Lex Fellowship is designed to give you a more meaningful experience for your long-term career than a traditional paid internship could provide to you. We intentionally select law firms and Legal Advisors who will contribute the most to your learning experience, and we take care of organizing housing, meals, and excursions that will allow you to make the most of your time abroad. Although this structure requires us to set a program fee, we care about maximizing what you get for what you pay and are committed to keeping the costs for the program low. We believe that the benefit of Lex to your future career outweighs the cost of investing into this month abroad. Here is an example of what Lex could look like on your resume, and below are ways that past Fellows have been able to support the cost of the program.
What resources are there for supporting the cost of the Fellowship?
While we don’t offer scholarships directly, we have received feedback from past Fellows on resources that worked well for them in raising the funds to participate in the program. Additionally, many Fellows pursue a paid opportunity for the rest of the summer months when they are not overseas with us. We would encourage you to consider whether any of the following could be a good option for you:
Speak with both the study abroad and financial aid office on campus to see what resources they can provide or point you towards.
Talk with your family & support system about the Lex Fellowship to see what financial support may be available from them.
Write support letters to your community & network explaining why you are pursuing this opportunity and what types of support would be helpful to receive from them.
Partner with a local restaurant to host an event where part of the proceeds go towards the trip.
Reach out to local law firms or lawyers requesting sponsorship of your time abroad.