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Tucker Fellowship Program

John Randolph Tucker, a former Attorney General of Virginia, member of Congress and President of the American Bar Association, was the first dean of the Law School.  The John Randolph Tucker Fellowship Program is designed to provide recent graduates an opportunity to refine practical skills, expand legal knowledge, create professional contacts and develop professional references while assisting government entities or public interest organizations.  Tucker Fellows will receive a stipend while volunteering their services in an approved placement and actively seeking permanent employment.  Fellows are expected to arrange a placement that will offer the opportunity to develop experience relevant to their individual career goals.


Tucker Fellowships are awarded by a Selections Committee, may begin no earlier than September following graduation, and will have an initial term of four months.  Tucker Fellows may apply for a renewal term of 3 months and an additional renewal term of 2 months.  Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1200. 

Tucker Fellows must:

  • Volunteer at least twenty hours per week, under the supervision of an attorney, at an approved government or public interest host site.
  • Engage in professional development activities and conduct an active search for permanent employment in collaboration with the Office of Career Planning.

A Tucker Fellow's host is asked to facilitate the Fellow's development of legal expertise and professional skills and to support the Fellow's search for long-term employment.  A Tucker Fellow may terminate the Fellowship upon obtaining long-term employment, but must give adequate notice to the host site and make every effort to complete pending assignments.  W&L Law's Office of Career Planning will work closely with host site supervisors to ensure the needs of the host organization are met.


Please direct inquiries about the Tucker Fellowship Program to:

Andrea Hilton, Associate Director for Professional Development, HiltonA@wlu.edu or 540.458.8022