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The Orrick Fellows Program was established in 2018, thanks to the generosity of the international law firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Scobie Ward, Harvard College '89. The Fellows Program is designed to support students in the study of law and development in Africa, with a preference accorded to graduates of African universities and to projects focused on the China-Africa relationship.

Orrick focuses on advising the world's most disruptive companies in the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors globally. Known for creative advice and transforming the delivery of legal services, the firm has been named by Financial Times as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America a remarkable three years in a row and also ranks #15 on Fortune's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. The firm's pro bono commitment ranks it #5 in the U.S. and #4 internationally, according to The American Lawyer.

The Orrick Fellows Program is administered by East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and is intended principally to support Harvard Law School students, but applications will also be considered from students from other parts of the University. Projects by Harvard Law School students may involve independent study projects, independent clinical projects, work done in conjunction with a course, or a summer public interest placement. If applicants are applying for multiple sources of funding for the same or a closely related project, they should indicate that on their applications and contact us as soon as determinations are made. In the event that an awardee receives multiple sources of funding for the same or a closely related project, the Orrick Fellows Program Selection Committee may adjust awards accordingly.

Application Requirements

Proposal: a 1,000-1,500 word proposal detailing the project's goals and methodology as well as relevant information describing the applicant's past and prospective engagement with Africa.

Budget: a one-page budget proposal detailing anticipated project-related expenses and indicating any other pending or successful applications for funding of the same or a closely related project.

A letter of recommendation from a member of the Harvard faculty (sent directly from the faculty member). We ask that the faculty member writing the letter first review the project proposal and that the letter include an assessment of the project's feasibility and merit.

Current Harvard transcript, resume, and bibliography of sources to be consulted (for research and writing projects).

Funding deadlines

Deadlines for future semesters will be posted soon.

In exceptional cases, funding may also be available at other times.

Selection Criteria

In-depth, appropriately scoped projects that focus on a particular locality and a discrete set of questions produce the best results. The Orrick Fellows Program Selection Committee considers the following criteria in determining which projects will receive financial support as well as the amount of support:

The extent to which projects may offer insight into a specific aspect of law and development in Africa; the applicant's past and prospective engagement with Africa; the reasons the applicant wishes to undertake the project, including its relation to the applicant's academic and professional goals; the need for project-related travel; the student's relevant experience and qualifications for the project, including any necessary foreign language proficiency; the originality and significance of the project; the strength of supervisor support;and the soundness of the proposed budget.

Please send applications to Professor Alford (alford at law) and cc Emma Johnson (johnson at law).

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