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First Year Fellowship

Postby GFox345 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:04 pm

Hey everyone,

Tonight I was accepted to a fellowship that pays my room and board for 1 year. As a summer starter at Michigan, this will amount to half of my COL cost for all of a law school in addition to my half-tuition scholarship. There is only one problem that gives me pause before accepting it. The agreement requires that I serve as a fellow until June 26th, 2017. I am required to live on premises for the entire duration of the fellowship. It may be possible for me to leave a little bit early, but generally speaking I will be on campus until at least the beginning of June. What are your thoughts on this? Will this destroy my 1L summer job prospects? Even if it does, should I still do it assuming that I stand to save $20k+ over the course of the year!? I appreciate the advice!

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Re: First Year Fellowship

Postby ss32 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:21 pm

GFox345 wrote:Hey everyone,

Tonight I was accepted to a fellowship that pays my room and board for 1 year. As a summer starter at Michigan, this will amount to half of my COL cost for all of a law school in addition to my half-tuition scholarship. There is only one problem that gives me pause before accepting it. The agreement requires that I serve as a fellow until June 26th, 2017. I am required to live on premises for the entire duration of the fellowship. It may be possible for me to leave a little bit early, but generally speaking I will be on campus until at least the beginning of June. What are your thoughts on this? Will this destroy my 1L summer job prospects? Even if it does, should I still do it assuming that I stand to save $20k+ over the course of the year!? I appreciate the advice!


What kind of fellowship is this? Why do they need to have you on campus? I'd think that a fellowship wouldn't want to limit your summer employment opportunities...I'd ask them about this situation. I'd imagine that if you got a great 1L summer job offer outside of Ann Arbor, they'd want you to take it. Fellowships like to brag about student success.

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Re: First Year Fellowship

Postby GFox345 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:49 pm

ss32 wrote:
GFox345 wrote:Hey everyone,

Tonight I was accepted to a fellowship that pays my room and board for 1 year. As a summer starter at Michigan, this will amount to half of my COL cost for all of a law school in addition to my half-tuition scholarship. There is only one problem that gives me pause before accepting it. The agreement requires that I serve as a fellow until June 26th, 2017. I am required to live on premises for the entire duration of the fellowship. It may be possible for me to leave a little bit early, but generally speaking I will be on campus until at least the beginning of June. What are your thoughts on this? Will this destroy my 1L summer job prospects? Even if it does, should I still do it assuming that I stand to save $20k+ over the course of the year!? I appreciate the advice!


What kind of fellowship is this? Why do they need to have you on campus? I'd think that a fellowship wouldn't want to limit your summer employment opportunities...I'd ask them about this situation. I'd imagine that if you got a great 1L summer job offer outside of Ann Arbor, they'd want you to take it. Fellowships like to brag about student success.


It's an interdisciplinary fellowship. It's through the University of Michigan as a whole rather than through the law school. I am basically an RA in addition to participating in community building activities and acting as liaison to and representative of the Law School as one of the 19 graduate schools at the University. It pays my rent and gives me a $1000 monthly stipend, so it seems too sweet not to take. I will ask them about my summer job, but if it doesn't work out, what would your advice be?

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