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About the Program
The Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program places new graduates of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law within the general counsel offices of leading national corporations. Much like judicial clerkships, the fellowships are filled with highly qualified and motivated recent graduates of the Moritz College of Law selected through a competitive process determined by the hiring corporation.
The responsibility of individual fellows matches the specific needs of each corporate partner. For example, fellows may work in a single area, gaining expertise in a particular task, or be deployed more broadly through the legal department, either on a rotation or project-by-project basis. Following the judicial clerkship model, fellowships typically last between nine and twelve months and are not intended to be renewable with the same fellow at the conclusion of the fellowship.
Corporate participants deploy fellows in a manner that best fits their needs while uniformly providing fellows expansive exposure to the corporation, its legal needs, and the workings of in-house counsel, including the corporation’s interaction with lawyers outside the corporation. Each Moritz Corporate Fellowship has a number of common elements that ensure the value of the experience.
- Mentorships. Each fellow has a designated mentor within the general counsel’s office of their corporation. Mentors assist fellows by providing honest answers and constructive feedback regarding in-house legal work, while providing the professional advice and guidance so valuable to a new attorney.
- Attendance at group/client meetings. Fellows benefit by experiencing first-hand the issues and discussions within the partner corporation’s legal team.
- Executive interactions. During the course of the fellowship, fellows are provided the opportunity to meet with leaders within the corporation (both within the counsel’s office and in departments that rely on those services). These interactions are intended to deepen the fellow’s understanding of the internal working of a corporation and the relationship between its business and its legal services.