Douglas County Legal Diversity Fellowship


The Douglas County Legal Diversity Fellowship (DCLDF) is a yearlong paid fellowship for diverse KU Law students to do legal work for both a private and public employer in Douglas County, Kansas.  Fellows will work 10-hour weeks for two semesters of their 2L or 3L year under the direct supervision of a practicing attorney.  Students will be paid at the beginning of each semester for their work.

Douglas County Legal Diversity Fellowship Resources

The application window has closed for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Students must have completed 30 credits of law school and be in academic good standing.

Students must self-identify as diverse.  The Fellowship is intended to support members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly racial and ethnical minorities.  However, the Committee may also consider cultural background, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, tribal membership, and international background and experience.

Course description and requirements - Douglas County Legal Diversity Program (.pdf)

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Jamila Jefferson-Jones
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor of Law