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Elon Law offers Peace Corps scholarship

If you’re a returning Peace Corps volunteer who wants to be a lawyer, Elon Law may have an offer for you.

The school recently announced that it will offer two $31,500 scholarships each year under the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, and that fellows will also receive top placements in public interest law firms or organizations during their second year of study.

According to a school release, Elon is just the fifth law school in the country — and the first in the South — with Coverdell Fellows.

Steven House, Elon’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, said that school officials want Elon students to “change the world.” Currently, 13 Elon alumni are serving in the Peace Corps.

“We are excited when students who have been in the Peace Corps and have made an impact on the world want to become part of the Elon community at the law school,” House said. “We know that they will continue to make a difference.”

Alan Woodlief, Elon’s senior associate dean for admissions, administration and finance, said that fellows bring “a wealth of international experience in a variety of fields” and are described by the Peace Corps as “motivated, ready to learn, and eager to expand upon their Peace Corps experiences.” They often indicate, he added, a sophistication and maturity that leads to law school success.

“Through their Peace Corps service, these students have already exhibited engagement and a commitment to service, attributes the law school looks for in its students, and ones well suited for seizing upon the varied opportunities for experiential learning and public service provided by the law school’s clinics, residencies and externships,” Woodlief said.

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