The Lex Fellowship

The Lex Fellowship

About

If you plan to attend law school, and you want to study abroad, our program is for you. Our goal from Day 1 has always been to prepare the student interested in law to succeed.

Universities do a wonderful job of providing a foundational legal/governmental education. Our role is to pick up where they left off: to inculcate in our students the real-world insights, perspectives, and experience they need to transition smoothly and effectively into other internships and the full-time professional world.

Our Fellows are serious future attorneys. Prospective Fellows should expect to gain a deeper understanding of day-to-day life in the legal field by meeting with firms and attorneys throughout the host city, as well as a deep appreciation for the host culture.

Law School is a significant investment of time and financial resources. Through the Lex Fellowship, you can start to determine if law school is right for you, and what type of law you would want to study.

Founded
2017

Reviews

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Nicholas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Lex Fellowship was a great learning experience that puts you right in the heart of foreign culture. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing legal advisor, site manager, and lex representative in the 2019 late summer Rome Trip that made my experience all the better. The hands on approach that the law firms take when you visit them leaves a lasting impression on you even though it can seem like a short amount of time. Each firm specialized in different areas which was also a very eye opening experience as someone who was somewhat undecided on what I wanted to specialize and focus on moving forward in law school. The amenities (apartment, food provided, excursions) were good although do plan on spending a good amount of money on your own excursions if you want to fully take advantage of your time abroad. Overall I would give the fellowship a 9/10 experience, the freedom they provided me was adequate to explore and pursue my own interests, while some meals could have been better and some things could of gone smoother than they did... the whole experience was still great. You have to go abroad with an open mind and open heart if you want to fully appreciate and enjoy your time there. If you have expectations/concerns/fear you will only hold yourself back from the possibility of a greater personal experience! Some of the kindest people I have ever met in my life were on this trip and I keep in touch with a number of my fellows still today!

What would you improve about this program?
Better excursions and food selection on the lunches that were served in the firms
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Razi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Lex Fellowship is an incredible program from which I learned much about the legal systems employed by Spain and the European Union. My fellow students and I were awed by our visits to twenty four international and Spanish law firms, as well as four graduate institutions. There is no better opportunity for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in law, or learning more about international law, than the Lex Fellowship. Every attorney I encountered throughout the program was clearly committed to helping students learn as much as possible about the law. From intellectual property law to maritime and mergers, lex fellows enjoy what is certainly an academic opportunity of a lifetime.

The Lex Fellowship staff are also incredible people of strong character and personal integrity. Staff would take their personal time to speak with students about the law, philosophy, theology, and history; they are committed to making the program excellent and I would be remiss if I did not say that they succeeded. Staff found excellent restaurants in and around Madrid which ensured that students could sample good, healthy, Spanish cuisine. I have been on similar study abroad trips where the food is lackluster and students take ill; the Lex Fellowship staff does such a fine job of providing good food and are that I did not take ill once during my month in Madrid -- quite a feat.

I am both honored and blessed to call myself an alumnus of such a stellar program. I recommend it highly to any student interested in pursuing a career in law or learning more about international law with a fine group of scholars. Become a Lex Fellow. You will be better for it.

What would you improve about this program?
Loved it as it is!
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Lyndian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Lex Fellowship was an immeasurable experience. Being in the company of aspiring lawyers, like myself, is ruled me to keep moving towards my goals. Having face-to-face meetings with partners of successful law firms in varying fields of law is an something that i may not have been given the opportunity to do in the states. It has already begun to pay off in ways that I did not expect and has landed me invaluable connections in my field.

The dedication of the Lex Fellowship’s staff is evident in the quality of law firms that we were able to engage with on a day to day basis and the quality of the cultural exposure we were afforded. They were engaged in the material we were being exposed to, enriched our meetings by tying everything together outside of the office, and understanding of the need for us to have fun while we were abroad.

This program helped me decide that I want to take a gap year before I attend law school in order to gain more professional experience and further explore the vast field of legal practice. It has shown me that I will continue to receive as much as I put in - by showing the relationship between preparation and the information we garnered from our most productive meetings. It exposed me to a new side of my passion - policy; and has further fine tuned my aspirations so much so that I now have a working game plan.

I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a pre-law summer program as well as cultural immersion.

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Mike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Lex Fellowship is an unconventional Study Abroad program where you and a group of students whom are also interested in a career in Law are exposed to knowledge and experience from some of the most prominent lawyers and legal professionals in Spain. During the Lex Fellowship we got to push our own limits in terms of the breath of our knowledge, while also learning about new cultures and ideas. The Lex Fellowship emphasises personal growth, professional growth and creates life-long friendships. My personal experience what riveting, from start to finish I felt a rush of excitement. Every day was a new and equally satisfying experience, during this time we had the opportunity to meet on average two law firms a day and speak to both Associates and Partners. This was, in my opinion life changing because not only did we have the privilege of sharing ideas with extremely accomplished legal professionals but we also got to see the on a more human level and discuss personal questions.
On top this, the Lex Fellowship staff was sensational. They made sure we had everything we needed, and were ready to help at any hour of the day. The Lex Fellowship also provided us with the opportunity to visit some extremely amazing Universities, for example the world renowned IE Business school. All in all, the purpose of the Lex Fellowship was to help us decide our futures, whether it was to discover if law school was for us or not, and what type of law you wanted go into. For me, because I can only speak for myself, this did just that, and I am excited to see what this fellowship grows into. Finally, even if you are not that much into law, the cultural immersion (because you are living in Spain for a whole month) and life long friendships that you make with your fellow fellows, is second to none.

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly have no suggestions, just keep it the way it is.
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Jasmin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Being a part of this program was an incredibly fulfilling experience for me. I was fresh out of my first year of undergrad with a passion for the law, and this Fellowship gave me the guidance and understanding I was looking for. We had the chance to visit 24 firms, as well as top-ranked universities in Madrid such as IE Law School and IESE Business School, allowing me to consider Spain as an option for graduate school. Speaking to lawyers and partners everyday gave me an unimaginable amount of insight into the day-to-day works of a law firm that I never would have experienced in the States. Being able to ask the lawyers questions about their past cases, as well as having them explain to us the ins-and-outs of everything from maritime law and intellectual property to corporate law and labor, allowed me to learn so much about the realm of the legal field as a whole. Coming into this program, I was very interested in pursuing international law; however, I did decide to keep an open mind in order to get out as much as I could and further narrow my interested area of law. Now, I have decided to pursue international human rights after meeting with the firm Ernesto Diaz-Bastien, an experience I will never forget.
The knowledge of the program staff was immaculate; from daily philosophical talks to a deep understanding and explanation of the rich culture of Spain, I always felt like there was something new to learn. The balance of meeting with law firms and having time to explore the city was perfect in my opinion. By living right in the heart of the city right off one the main streets, Gran Via, the program allowed for just the right amount of free time to experience Madrid to its fullest, while still providing group excursions. For example, we visited two historic cities in Spain - Toledo and Segovia - that broadened my scope of the culture of this beautiful country.
This program truly helped me understand what I wanted my future legal career to look like, as well as gave me a great understanding of the culture of Spain, and I could not be more grateful. I would definitely recommend this program to individuals who want an international experience of the law and are willing to come in with a very open mind!

What would you improve about this program?
More communication between staff and students on updates with schedule times

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