Judge Lawrence G. Crahan Judicial Fellowship

2017 Crahan Fellow
Pictured (left to right) Dean Lyrissa Lidsky, current Crahan Fellow 2L Lauren Vincent, Judge Philip M. Hess, ’83, Linda S. Legg and Judge Glenn A. Norton, ’85.

Each year, one or more first-year law students from the School of Law are awarded the Judge Lawrence G. Crahan Judicial Fellowship, to serve for eight weeks as a judicial clerk for one or more judges. The awardees have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and an interest in a judicial clerkship upon graduation. The fellowship is named in honor of Lawrence G. Crahan, ’77, who was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, serving as a chief judge in 1997 and 1998. He was a judge on this court at the time of his death in 2005. Crahan’s widow, attorney Linda S. Legg, oversees the program each year, getting to know the Crahan Fellows personally to tell them the story of the man for whom the award is named, and to make sure that the fellowship is serving its purpose.

Shook Hardy & Bacon Foundation Summer Judicial Intern

Each year, a University of Missouri law student from a demographic group underrepresented in the legal profession is selected to be a judicial intern during their first-year summer with one of the judges on the Missouri Supreme Court. Through this experience, the selected student is able to view the workings of the court from behind the scenes and develop meaningful relationships with judges and court staff. Student interns also gain an understanding of the processes utilized by the judges to reach unbiased and fair decisions and solve legal conundrums. It is the goal of this program that the students grow more comfortable in a courtroom setting, develop their legal research and writing skills, and gain confidence in law school and as they move into their own practice.

Students are selected by a competitive application process. Through the generosity of the Shook Hardy & Bacon Foundation, the selected student receives a stipend of $5,000.

ACC-St. Louis Diversity Summer Internship Program

The ACC-St. Louis Diversity Summer Internship Program is designed to provide first-year law students with exposure to and experience in an in-house practice. It is also designed to be a “diversity pipeline,” opening up opportunities for law students that may lack access to or knowledge of an in-house legal practice, including students from demographic groups who are under-represented in the legal profession and students whose family backgrounds lack in professional careers, college degrees or exposure to the law. Interns are matched with a member corporation, where they will work during the summer. The program is designed to expose interns to the various areas of legal advocacy and general corporate practice that in-house counsel handle, as well as the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.

The program accepts applications from law students at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis University and Washington University, with the goal of selecting two students from each school. Students selected for the program are paid a total of $6,000 for ten weeks of work.