1L Fellowships: Business Law

Work alongside Business Law faculty to organize symposia, plan events, or conduct research pertaining to corporate governance, entrepreneurship, intellectual property and sports law while networking with prominent scholars, attorneys, and business leaders.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be preparing to enter his or her first year in the J.D. Program at the University of Oregon School of Law. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated interest in business Law. Preference is given to applicants with a focus on business law.

Award amount: $5,000.00 ($2,500.00 awarded at the beginning of fall semester and $2,500.00 awarded at the beginning of spring semester.)

Fellowship projects: Business Law 1L Fellows work with a faculty advisor to support the Business Law Program’s research, administration, and event planning with respect to one of the following project areas:

  • Corporate Governance. In the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, an understanding of the behavior and incentives of corporate America and the major Wall Street banks has perhaps never been so important. At the UO, business law faculty are engaged in a comparative study of how various corporate enterprises – including small and large businesses, hedge funds, and other accumulators of capital – are governed and how legal reform can help prevent future economic calamity.
  • Entrepreneurship. Small businesses and entrepreneurship lie at the heart of the Northwest economy. Advising and raising capital for these new and growing enterprises can be one of the most important services a business lawyer can provide. Building on our relationship with the UO’s Lundquist College of Business, UO business law faculty are engaged in a variety of endeavors aimed at exploring the unique issues presented by early-stage businesses.
  • Intellectual Property. Legal protections for “creations of the mind” can help spur innovation and accelerate human creativity. At the UO, business law faculty have undertaken an investigation of our increasingly knowledge-based economy with the aim of balancing innovators’ need for protection with society’s need for access.
  • Sports Law. Sports law exists at the intersection where multiple legal disciplines meet and impact athletic competition. In conjunction with the UO’s Competition Not Conflict program, business law faculty at the UO – home to Nike, the Ducks, and Steve Prefontaine – seek to use law as a means of empowering athletes, coaches and community members as they strive for physical expression.
  • Tax. As a society, we rely on the tax code to allocate resources among different sectors of the economy, to create incentives for certain favored activities – including anything from saving for retirement and buying eco-friendly products to investing in new technologies and job creation – and to provide aid for those in need. At the UO, business law faculty study the taxation of businesses and business transactions, estates, and the environment.

How to Apply: Submit a statement of interest and a resume. Your statement of interest should be 250 to 750 words in length and describe your knowledge of and experience in a specific area of the law. You should also describe your current interests and long-term goals and why you would be a good match for the 1L Fellowship Program. Your name (as stated on your application for admission) must be included on your statement of interest. Email your statement of interest and resume to the Admissions Office.

Alternatively, you may mail your essay to:

University of Oregon School of Law
Admissions Office
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221

Fellowship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and continue until the fellowships are filled. Applications for Fellowships may be submitted at the time you submit your application for law school. All candidates will be notified when the process has been completed.