The law students who teach one to two days per week at local Marshall-Brennan high schools are known as Marshall-Brennan Fellows. The program is open to upper-level law students through a competitive application process. Although the time and emotional commitments are great, the benefits reaped from the program are enormous as law students become teachers and role models in the local community. The Marshall-Brennan Fellows have the chance to make a profound difference in the lives of their students. In addition to teaching, the Fellows take Teaching Citizenship Through the Constitution, a seminar led by the program director, Vice-Chancellor Russell L. Jones. Classes feature guest speakers and contributions from education professionals. The Fellows learn classroom management techniques, pedagogical methods and master the "We the Students" and "Youth Justice" curricula. Every Marshall-Brennan Fellow must write a paper on the meaning of his or her experience or on a related doctrinal or theoretical law and education issue.
Becoming a Fellows
The selection process begins in mid-March when the Marshall-Brennan Project holds an information meeting for day and evening students. Beginning in April an applicant must submit an application form, a letter explaining why he or she would like to be a Marshall-Brennan Fellow and a resume. Each applicant is then matched with a high school to observe a Marshall-Brennan class. After the observation, the applicant must present a lecture on a topic chosen by the Marshall-Brennan committee. Each applicant also must have an interview with the director of the program. In mid-April, a selection committee of faculty members and Marshall-Brennan Fellows screen the applications and decide who will be offered the chance to participate the following academic year. Applicants selected to be Marshall-Brennan Fellows are required to attend an all-day orientation for the program, usually held on the last Friday after Law Center examinations.