The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Asper Fellowship Program offers opportunities for law students to obtain credit for supervised law-related work with state and federal judges. Asper Fellowships are one of many types of externships offered by the Carey School of Law. Asper Fellowships are named in memory of the late Professor Lewis D. Asper and are intended to expose students to the practical workings of the legal system and to help students develop insights into the process of judicial decision-making. Through this exposure, students should have the opportunity to enhance their practical and legal writing skills. The Program is open to students who have completed their first year of law school.
A student may undertake only one Asper during law school. Asper Fellows typically earn three credits during one semester on a credit/no credit basis, although the possibility for additional credit exists. Asper Fellows are required to devote 150 hours during the semester to their Asper placement; additional credit would require additional hours. As is the case for all externships, students participating in the Asper Program are required to enroll in the related Asper Judicial Fellowship Workshop for 1 credit.
Students interested in pursuing an Asper Judicial Fellowship should complete the Externship Application Form and turn it in to the Office of Registration and Enrollment. Asper Judicial Fellowships are supervised by Judge Diane Leasure.