Research Fellowships

Washington and Lee University School of Law allows a small number of incoming students to work with faculty as Research Fellows. These opportunities are in addition to possible research fellowships that may become available during a student's time at W&L Law.

The fellowships are designed to pair incoming students with an interest in a particular subject with a member of the W&L Law faculty.  Together, the student and faculty member will extensively explore the chosen topic.  The Research Fellows will receive a one-time award of $10,000 in recognition of their appointment to this position.


  • Interest in pursuing research in a particular area of the law, and/or with a particular W&L Law faculty member.
  • A 1-2 page statement of interest submitted to the Office of Admissions at


  • Applications are now being accepted.
  • Deadline to apply is March 1
  • Finalists will be selected in the middle of March 
  • Finalists and alternates will be interviewed by phone or Skype at the end of March

Please visit our W&L Law faculty pages to learn more about our professors.

Andrew W. McThenia Faculty Research Assistants

Additional opportunities to research with faculty exist for 2L and 3L students.  One such opportunity is the Andrew W. McThenia Faculty Research Assistantship.  A pool of second- or third-year law students, the McThenia Faculty Research Assistants, provide specialized research support for the W&L Law faculty. The McThenia RAs work under the supervision of a reference librarian to assist with faculty projects of varying scope and duration. Only 2Ls and 3Ls may apply to be McThenia Research Assistants.  Please contact Mr. Andrew Christensen for more information about the McThenia RA opportunity.