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Wolcott Fellowships

The Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellowship is the only fellowship program in American legal education that offers students an opportunity to serve as a clerk for a justice of the Delaware Supreme Court or the Delaware Court of Chancery. Awarded to only five students each year, this prestigious fellowship also provides academic credit and a scholarship grant.

  • As a Wolcott Fellow, you will serve as a judicial clerk with the Delaware Supreme Court or Court of Chancery for 20 hours a week during the academic year.
  • The justice or vice chancellor overseeing your fellowship will assign you duties consistent with the duties performed by a law clerk.
  • As a fellow, you will receive academic credit and a tuition remission scholarship grant of approximately $4,000 per semester.
Application Process and Criteria

As a full-time student in your second year, or a part-time student in your second or third year, you can apply for a Wolcott Fellowship in the spring. You should rank in the top 15 percent of your class or otherwise be able to demonstrate strong academic credentials. Strong research and writing skills are essential.

Applications should include one original and two copies of each of the following:

  • A cover letter
  • A recent law school transcript
  • A résumé
  • A writing sample
  • A letter of reference from one full-time faculty member. A letter of reference from an employer would also be welcome.

After selection by a member of the Delaware Supreme Court and Dean Rodney Smolla, finalists will be contacted for an interview.

To learn more, contact the coordinator of the Wolcott Fellowship Program: cmsweeney@widener.edu.