View the below FAQs if you would like to learn more about the Weil Legal Innovators Program
All students who have been accepted to one of the five participating law school partners in the WLI program are eligible to apply. Eligibility is open to students with prior professional experience, as well as to students applying directly to law school from an undergraduate institution.
No. WLI participants must attend one of the five participating law schools in order to remain in the WLI program.
All participating law schools have agreed to a one-year deferral for their school’s participants in the WLI program.
The WLI application includes five components: Proof of acceptance and intention to attend to one of the WLI program law school partners, resume, personal statement, detailed project plan for top-choice nonprofit organization initiative, and two recommendation letters. Details regarding the personal statement and the project plan template will be provided closer to the opening of the application window this fall.
Requests for interviews will not be accepted. On a limited basis, however, it may be necessary for a sponsoring nonprofit organization to require an interview with their prospective WLI candidate. Should an interview with the nonprofit organization become necessary, we will notify the WLI candidate as soon as possible.
The $50,000 salary (before taxes) per WLI participant will be issued directly to the participant’s sponsoring nonprofit organization. The nonprofit partner will be responsible for disbursing those wages as per their organization’s standard payroll schedule. The $10,000 law school scholarship will be issued directly to the WLI participant's law school by the start of the students first semester.
All sponsoring nonprofit organizations are based in cities in the U.S. where there is also a Weil office location. While some of the sponsoring nonprofit organizations may also have international operations, WLI participants will only be based in U.S. offices of those organizations.
The WLI team will consider “write ins” on an extremely limited basis. WLI nonprofit partners and their respective innovative initiatives have been identified very carefully to ensure that WLI participants not only have the best possible experience in the program, but that they are also learning from leading practitioners in the space and are contributing to initiatives where the WLI participant is offering a tremendous value add.