Wolcott Fellowships Program Announced
Published: March 2, 2007
MEMO TO: Second Year Regular Division Students Second and Third Year Extended Division Students
FROM: Dean Linda L. Ammons
RE: Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellowship Program
DEADLINE: March 28, 2007 4:00 p.m.

I am pleased to announce that the Wolcott Fellowship Program will continue for next year under the auspices of the School of Law, the Delaware Supreme Court and the Court of Chancery. A total of five students will be chosen to clerk for the Justices of the Supreme Court of Delaware and for the Delaware Court of Chancery. Those selected are named Wolcott Fellows.

The superior students chosen will serve as judicial clerks for approximately twenty hours per week during the course of the academic year. Each Wolcott Fellow will receive academic credit and a scholarship grant. The clerkship commences shortly after Labor Day and ends the following April 30th.

Interested students should apply for a Wolcott Fellowship by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Applications should be submitted to me through Paula Garrison. Details of the program are outlined below.

I strongly urge those who qualify to apply. The program affords those selected a unique and very worthwhile experience.

Current Wolcott Fellows will be available to discuss the program on Tuesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m., in the Special Collections Room in the Legal Information Center. If you plan to attend this informative meeting, please e-mail Paula Garrison at pdgarrison@widener.edu or Linda Triolo at lrtriolo@widener.edu (Attendance reply is requested for refreshments order.)


Criteria for Selection
Wolcott Fellows will be appointed from among those applicants who will be in their third year of the Regular Division program or third or fourth year of the Extended Division program during the 2007-08 academic year. Applicants should rank in the top fifteen percent of their class or otherwise demonstrate strong academic credentials. Law Review experience is not a prerequisite but applicants should possess substantial experience in research and writing.

Application Procedure
Applications should be directed to Paula Garrison in the Office of the Dean not later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Applications should include three (one original and two copies) of each of the following: (1) a cover letter, (2) a recent Law School transcript, (3) a resume, (4) a writing sample, and (5) a letter of reference from one full-time faculty member. A letter of reference from an employer will also be welcomed. Personal interviews will be scheduled in mid-April after an initial screening.

Duties of Wolcott Fellows
Wolcott Fellows will be assigned those duties routinely performed by law clerks as determined by the Justice or Vice Chancellor to whom they are assigned. During the period of the clerkship, legal work may not be performed for anyone other than the member of the Supreme Court or Court of Chancery, and no other work for compensation may be undertaken without the consent of the Court. All work done and information received are confidential and must be so treated at all times.

The work schedule will be based on an average of twenty hours per week, with due regard to academic, holiday and examination schedules. The precise schedule will be set by the Court after conferring with the Fellow.

Scholarship Grant
Each Wolcott Fellow will receive academic credit (three credits per semester) and a tuition remission scholarship grant (approximately $3,000 per semester). If a Wolcott Fellow is already receiving a full-tuition merit scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year, s/he will receive a cash grant of $1,800 per semester instead of the Wolcott tuition remission. The credit and scholarship aspects of the program may be different for students enrolled in the J.D./Psy.D. joint degree program.

Selection Committee
The selection committee is comprised of Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, a Vice Chancellor from the Court of Chancery, and Dean Linda L. Ammons.

Finalists will be contacted by phone by the DeanĀ¹s Office to schedule their interview with Justice Jacobs, a Vice Chancellor, and Dean Ammons. The interviews will be held in mid-April (exact date to be determined) in the DeansĀ¹ Conference Room on the 4th floor of the Law Building. The Wolcott Fellows will be selected from this group.