Who is eligible to apply for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship?
The Blackstone Legal Fellowship is looking for exceptionally capable and highly motivated law students.
What criteria are used to select students for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship?
Criteria for selection are based upon demonstrated Christian commitment, motivation to engage popular legal culture, leadership potential in a legal context, evidence of oral and written communication skills, and academic achievement.
Is the deadline for the application a post-mark deadline or receiving deadline?
The deadline for the application is a receiving deadline. All items must be uploaded to your online application file by 11:59pm of the deadline date (Mountain Standard Time). It is the student’s responsibility to remind their recommenders of the deadline date. Exceptions are only made for law school transcripts. However, a request for such transcripts from the law school must be made before the deadline date.
What if my law school grades are not posted before the application deadline date?
We understand that not all grades will be posted before our January deadline date. It will not adversely affect your application if your grades are not posted. Please request a copy of your transcript to be sent when all grades are posted.
What is the letter of recommendation process?
There are two options on the online application.
If you choose not to review the letters of recommendation, enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders in the appropriate application section. Once this is entered, an email will automatically be sent to the student’s recommenders with the online recommendation form. After the recommender submits the form online, it will be sent directly to the Blackstone Legal Fellowship staff.
If you choose to review the letters of recommendation, a Word document will open which is the student’s responsibility to transmit to their recommenders. The recommenders can email, mail, or fax the completed form back to the Blackstone Legal Fellowship staff.
A traditional letter of recommendation may accompany the recommendation form, but it is not required. We only need to receive the completed form with corresponding answers to the bullet point questions from your recommenders. If a recommender would like to send additional information, those letters can be sent by email, fax, or mail.
I mailed my transcripts and letters of recommendation that I chose not to review, but why does my online file still read incomplete?
Please allow 2-3 business days after the documents are received for the online application file to be updated. This is due to the high number of applicants and documents mailed to our offices. Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to remind the recommenders of the deadline date.
How can I see what essays need to be submitted?
The first step in the application process is completing the application form. Once the application form is complete, the other steps of the application site will open. The student will then be able to upload documents and send requests for letters of recommendation.
How will I know if I am accepted to Blackstone?
All applicants will be notified via email in mid-February whether they have been accepted to Blackstone. Accepted applicants will then have five days to accept the offer by completing additional information online. Acceptance letters for Blackstone are not offers of employment, but serve to confirm acceptance for participation in the summer program.
How many students are accepted into the Blackstone Legal Fellowship?
The 2014 class included 154 interns. We anticipate the 2015 class to be a similar size.
How much does it cost to participate in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship?
Airfare, lodging, and most meals for Phases I and III are provided at no cost to the intern. For Phase II, housing and airfare to and from the internship are also included for most interns. Occasionally interns are able to provide their own lodging already procured, with family members, or with personal friends. A scholarship is also given for participation in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. Each intern that requires international travel is responsible for obtaining and praying for his or her own passport.
What type of scholarship is received?
Only students accepted into the Blackstone Legal Fellowship are eligible for the Blackstone Legal Fellowship scholarship. The $6,300 scholarship is considered to be a qualified scholarship within the meaning of IRC section 117. It is intended to assist individual students who are candidates for degrees from educational organizations and to defray qualified educational expenses.
Do I have to attend all three weeks of Phase I and III?
Attendance is mandatory for all sessions during Phase I and III, including weekends. Free time is scheduled into the program. If a student has a commitment during one of the weekends of Phase I or III, permission to leave must be received from the Blackstone Legal Fellowship staff. Typically this permission is only given for an immediate family member’s wedding, a family emergency, or an important career opportunity that cannot be rescheduled.
May I request a specific internship for Phase II?
Yes, though we cannot always guarantee a particular internship. Upon acceptance to the Fellowship, the Blackstone staff works with each intern to identify the best available option to advance each intern’s specific career objectives. Past interns have served in virtually every area of the legal system, including serving with law firms, domestic and international public interest and policy organizations, think tanks, law professors, and state and federal government offices. Blackstone has many potential internship opportunities available for its students. Interns also have the option of setting up their own internships as long as they fit within the Blackstone schedule and are approved in advance by the Blackstone staff.
What if I am married?
Spouses of interns are not allowed to attend Phase I or Phase III. We will make all attempts for married interns to work in a location where they can be with their spouses for the six-week Phase II internship portion. Travel expenses for the family to and from Phase II are not covered by Alliance Defending Freedom.
Am I able to take days off during Phase II?
Blackstone interns generally have weekends off during Phase II. We have found that students need to be ready to serve full time during the relatively short six weeks in order to have a valuable experience. If an intern has a commitment which would require missing a weekday, permission to leave must be received from the Blackstone Legal Fellowship staff, as well as the Phase II organization.