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Law Students Eligible for Murphy Scholars Fellowship Program
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Murphy Scholars

Summary: The Murphy Scholars Fellowship is now available to any law students attending the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

The Murphy Scholars fellowship program at Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy has been extended to include all J.D. students, according to a press release from the University of St. Thomas. The program was originally open to students enrolled in the joint J.D./M.A. program at the University of St. Thomas. Now students enrolled independently in either program are eligible.


The Murphy Scholars fellowship program awards participants a $1,000 stipend for each semester of their fellowship. The participants are able to participate in the full offerings of the interdisciplinary programming provided by the Murphy Institute. This includes public talks, roundtables, and private faculty seminars. They also get access to the institute’s exclusive range of guests, can participate in interdisciplinary scholarly exchanges, and attend art and social events. The scholars may also be invited to participate in research projects, curriculum development, public policy analysis, and event planning.

The aim of the Murphy Institute is to engage the public and academic communities through discussions of historical and contemporary Catholic perspectives with an emphasis on law and public policy. They work with the University of St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies and the School of Law, led by Law Professor Elizabeth Schiltz and Catholic Studies Professor William Junker.

Schiltz, born in Frankfurt, Germany, is a Thomas J. Abood Reseach Scholar. She graduated from Yale University with her Bachelor of Arts and Columbia Law School with her J.D., where she served on the Columbia Law Review. Upon graduating from law school, she spent a year in Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. She then spent nine years in private practice with Morrison & Foerster, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, and Faegre & Benson. Her practice focused on banking regulation, general corporate law, and international law. From 1996 to 2000, she was a faculty member at Notre Dame Law School. Schiltz has received numerous awards and recognition for her research, teaching, and law efforts.

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The University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been recognized for its quality of education. The law school was ranked No. 1 for externships and No. 2 for practical training by the National Jurist.

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