Fellowship Structure

The PLEDGE Fellowship is a professional development program and intervention-based research project. Fellowship cohorts will be comprised of up to three teams of 2 fellows each, made up of experienced law school administrators, faculty members, or other similarly situated and experienced professionals.

Each fellowship team will undertake an intervention-based research project, called a Capstone, focusing on one of the following three strands:

  • Admission and Access: must center on testing methods and strategies for fostering the successful law school enrollment of people from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds by measuring the impact of a related program or intervention
  • Academic Performance: must center on testing methods and strategies for fostering the law school academic success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds by measuring the impact of a related program or intervention
  • Bar Exam Performance: must center on testing methods and strategies for fostering bar exam passage among students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds by measuring the impact of a related program or intervention

Fellowship will last 18 months (June 2022-November 2023), divided into six 3-month stages:

  • Across the stages will be twelve fellowship meetings: five 2-day in-person meetings and seven 90-minute virtual meetings. Meetings will take place roughly every 6 weeks, amounting to two meetings per stage.

Fellowship teams will receive the following funding and support premised on enhancing the feasibility and quality of their work:

  • Capstone budget: up to $25,000 for research activities
  • Stipend: $5,000 per Fellow
  • Access to Capstone design expertise
  • Access to DEI professional development coaching

By the end of the fellowship, each fellow should be knowledgeable of:

  • Concepts and issues relevant to the fostering of diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations
  • Statistical trends pertaining to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity among law school applicants, law students, and the legal profession
  • Foundational concepts of program evaluation and assessment

 

Please feel free to send questions about the fellowship to PLEDGE@southerneducation.org