The Leadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries to advance the status of women and girls throughout their careers.
The entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long – from July of the first year through late August of the following year. The LAWA Program starts in early July, when the Fellows attend the Georgetown Law Center’s Foundations of American Law and U.S. Legal English courses. From August through May, the LAWA Fellows earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Georgetown with an emphasis on international women’s human rights and complete a major graduate thesis.
- The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the mandatory Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course held from mid-July to mid-August (a U.S. $5,000 benefit) and for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (a U.S. $71,536 benefit).
- You must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa in order to be considered. You must hold an LL.B. or other law degree.
- A preference is given to candidates who are currently living and working in Africa, and do not already have a Masters’ Degree.
- The strongest applicants tend to be about five to ten years out of law school, but those with less or more experience will be considered.
- Candidates with no work experience who are applying directly from an LL.B. degree or other law school will not be considered.
- All people who are committed to women’s rights are strongly encouraged to apply, regardless of gender identity.
DEADLINE: January 21 2022
To apply and for more information visit here