Application is ongoing for the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship program 2021/22 in Washington, DC
The Leadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries to advance the status of women and girls throughout their careers.
The LAWA Program starts in early July when the Fellows attend the Georgetown Law Center’s Foundations of American Law and U.S. Legal English courses. From August through May, the LAWA Fellows earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Georgetown with an emphasis on international women’s human rights and complete a major graduate thesis. Fellows also participate in professional development seminars and networking events with recent U.S. law school graduates who are working in the field of women’s rights. After graduation, the LAWA Fellows have the option to complete an internship. The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for candidates who would not otherwise be able to afford an LL.M. degree and additional professional development training.
Duration: 14 months
The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the mandatory Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course held from mid-July to mid-August (a U.S. $5,000 benefit) and for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (a U.S. $66,872 benefit).
- Applicant must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa in order to be considered. She must hold an LL.B. or other law degree. A preference is given to candidates who:
- are currently living and working in Africa, and
- do not already have a Masters’ Degree.
- The strongest applicants tend to be about five to ten years out of law school, but those with less or more experience will be considered.
- Candidates with no work experience who are applying directly from an LL.B. degree or other law school will not be considered.
- All applicants must commit to return home to their own countries upon completion of the Fellowship and to use their best professional efforts to advance women’s human rights throughout their careers.
- Applicants must have strong English language skills, both written and oral.
- The LAWA Program requires candidates to become proficient in using computers for drafting papers and conducting research.
- Candidates are strongly encouraged to learn basic computer skills before arrival in order to make this transition easier.
The following is required of applicants applying for the LAWA fellowship:
- Completion of the Application Form, including all three essay questions.
- Current Resume or CV, indicating employment history, including both paid and volunteer positions, titles of any published materials
- Two Letters of Recommendation, and
- Transcript from the institution granting your law degree.
All applications should be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: January 22, 2021
For more information and application, visit the official site.