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Writers in Residence

Apply for the Writers in Residence Opportunity

Lawyers, like journalists, understand the importance of compelling storytelling and that honing this art takes time and practice. The D.C. Bar Law Student Community offers aspiring attorneys a unique opportunity to ramp up their interviewing and writing skills, earn publication credit, build their curriculum vitae, and expand their professional network through one-on-one interactions with legal thought leaders across practice areas.

The Writers in Residence Program invites up to three law students, enrolled full-time or part-time at any law school in the country, to collaborate with the Bar’s editorial team on various content production projects. Working alongside the Bar’s staff writers, participants will:

  • Pitch content ideas to the editors
  • Interview Bar members and other legal experts
  • Cover events in the legal community
  • Assist in research, fact-checking, writing, and editing
  • Get published! Your content could be posted on the Bar’s multimedia channels, including the Duly Noted blog award-winning flagship publication, Washington Lawyer.

The Writers in Residence Program is not an internship; selected students will not have a set number of weekly or monthly hours. Students will work independently but are also expected to collaborate with the editorial staff during the residency.

At the end of the residency, students will receive a certificate of completion and acknowledgment on this webpage.

Eligibility

  • The Law Student Community Writers in Residence Program is open to law students enrolled in the 2024–2025 school year in any law school in the DMV area. Selected students must be able to attend in-person events.
  • The ideal candidates will be 2L, 3L, and 4L students, but 1Ls may also be considered.
  • Applicants must be members of the D.C. Bar Law Student Community. Click here to learn more and join.

Requirements

  • Selected candidates must attend editorial brainstorming meetings every other month from October through May. (Exact dates to be provided prior to acceptance.) The first meeting will be on Thursday, October 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM.
  • See application form for submission requirements, including a résumé and writing sample. The application form will be posted on this page on September 2, 2024.

Selection

Applications will be reviewed by the D.C. Bar Communities and Marketing & Communications staff. Successful applicants will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to accept their spot in the program. Applications for the 2024-25 school year will be posted here on September 2, 2024. For questions or more information, contact [email protected].

2023-2024 Residents

  • Tynekia Garrett, 4L, The Catholic University of America
  • Angela Mackie-Rutledge, 4L, Geroge Mason University

2021-2022 Residents

  • Akeem Earle, 3L, University of the District of Columbia

2020-2021 Residents

  • Tonée Jones, 3L,University of the District of Columbia
  • Lisa Jiron, 3L, George Washington
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