In addition to scholarships, renewable fellowships are offered to first year students as well as returning students. These fellowships offer in-depth, real-world experience to students interested in a range of specialized legal topics and career opportunities.

Social Justice Fellows

Social Justice Fellows at the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice are a select group of students who:

  • research current social justice issues
  • engage in coursework that involves legal analysis through the intersecting lenses of race, gender, class and sexuality
  • complete externships with local social justice organizations
  • benefit from a wide range of other opportunities on their journeys to become social justice scholars, leaders and activists.

Each fellow receives tuition assistance in exchange for work with the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice. Fellowships carry an annual stipend, currently $3,500 ($1,750 per semester).

Social Justice Fellows are required to enroll in two of the following three courses, at least one in their second year of study:

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Gender and the Law

Fellows must also participate in a three-credit research project sponsored by the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice; help with the Center’s annual fall event; and attend occasional programs throughout the academic year.

How to Apply

Interested in applying for a Social Justice Fellowship? First, complete your online application for Cincinnati Law. While we use the JD application in selecting fellowship recipients, your statement of interest and demonstrated commitment to social justice issues will play a significant role in the selection process.


Please send these documents in an email directly to Chad Vondenhuevel at

Corporate Law Fellows

The Corporate Law Center selects three to five students each year to serve as Corporate Law Fellows. As part of their Fellowships, they:

  • Research current corporate law topics
  • Participate in activities to enhance their understanding of corporate law practice.

Each Fellow receives tuition assistance in exchange for their work with the Center. Fellows are among the most attractive students in our placement pool for firms, businesses and government agencies looking for attorneys with this specialized background.

How to Apply

Interested in applying for a Corporate Law Fellowship? Application procedures are announced in the Spring for the following academic year. Corporate Law Fellows are selected annually on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the area. Fellowships are renewable.


Please send your statement of interest and updated resume via email directly to Chad Vondenhuevel at

Arthur Russell Morgan Fellowships

Each year, the Urban Morgan Institute awards 10 to 15 fellowships, divided approximately in thirds between 1L, 2L and 3L students at Cincinnati Law. The fellowships carry a stipend of $3,600 for the academic year, and a stipend of $3,000 - $3,500 for a summer externship after the first year of law school.

Decisions are based upon academic merit and take into consideration previous activities in the human rights field and proficiency in foreign languages, which are sometimes required for certain overseas placements.

How to Apply

Incoming students interested in applying for a fellowship should follow the normal application procedures through the Admissions Office.

In addition, two items must be submitted to the Institute to complete the fellowship application: (1) a resume; and (2) a statement of interest. Statements of interest are typically 1-3 pages single spaced and explain the applicant’s interest in human rights.


Email your supplementary materials by early Spring to Nancy Ent,, or send them via mail to:

Fellowship Committee
Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040

How to Apply: Second and Third Year Students

Second and third year Cincinnati Law students will be notified regarding Morgan Fellowship application dates and procedures. You must apply each year for a Fellowship for the following academic year. Renewal decisions are based on academic performance as well as work as a member of the Human Rights Quarterly editorial staff.

Ohio Innocence Project Fellows

Each year, the Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law, which ranks among the most successful projects in the Innocence Network, selects a team of 20 law students, the majority of whom are in their second year, to serve as Fellows.

OIP Fellows and staff spend many hours reading and writing letters and having telephone conversations with inmates about their cases. Prior to actively taking on a case, if not before, the OIP staff and Fellows will meet the inmate in person to discuss the case, the plan for litigation and the expectations of the inmate and the OIP in the case.

From May through August, the Fellows work 40 hours per week and receive a small stipend for their work. During the academic year, the Fellows work approximately 10 hours per week and receive class credit for their participation.

How to Apply

Interested in applying for an OIP Fellowship? Submit your interest statement and an updated résumé to Chad Vondenhuevel at

Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry Fellowships

Each Spring, the Weaver Institute offers fellowships to law students who will be starting their second year of study at Cincinnati Law based on academic merit, school performance and a demonstrated interest in mental health law. Fellowships carry an annual stipend, currently $4,500.

Weaver Fellows learn about the identification, medical treatment and prevention of mental illness along with the many ways in which mental conditions take on significance in the legal system through:

  • formal coursework
  • special seminars with mental health professionals
  • guest lectures
  • meetings and community activities.

Weaver Fellows are required to take three, three-credit-hour courses:

  • Mental Health Law I & II, which must be taken consecutively during the first and second semesters of the Fellows’ 2L year.
  • Introduction to Law & Psychiatry, which can be taken Fall semester of the 2L or 3L year.

Weaver Fellows also must complete an independent research project that requires approximately half-day per week of work. The project will count for 2 to 3 credit hours depending on the project and resulting paper. Each Fellow completes two semesters of community involvement, beginning in the Spring of their 2L year, and continuing with a new placement during their 3L year.

Interested in applying for a Arthur Russell Morgan Fellowship? Complete your online application for Cincinnati Law. In addition, please send us: (1) a resume, and (2) a statement of interest. (Statements of interest, typically 1 to 3 single-spaced pages, should explain your interest in human rights.)

How to Apply

First year students interested in a fellowship should visit the fellowship application page.