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Alumni: Caruso School of Law Partners with Leading Experts to Support Legal Vocation Fellowship for Christian Attorneys

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law and the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion & Ethics are pleased to partner with leading experts on Christianity and law to support a new initiative for early-career attorneys seeking to integrate Christian faith into the practice of law. The Legal Vocation Fellowship (LVF), a project of the Carver Project and Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State and Society, will enable selected attorneys to participate in a range of in-person and online sessions over the course of 15 months from 2023-24.  LVF’s core values include a commitment to nonpartisanship, multiethnic diversity, and being distinctively and broadly Christian.  

“As a Christian law school, we share a commitment to transforming the legal profession for the benefit of all,” stated Dean Paul Caron. 

The core faculty of the LVF consists of nationally recognized law professors who will lead foundational sessions on law, theology and vocation:  John Inazu of Washington University School of Law, Rick Garnett of Notre Dame Law School, Ruth Okediji of Harvard Law School (who will teach a course at Caruso Law this spring), Elizabeth Schiltz of University of St. Thomas Law School, and David Skeel of University of Pennsylvania School of Law.  

“We are excited to help Christian lawyers flourish through the Legal Vocation Fellowship, and we look forward to our partnership with the Caruso School of Law,” shared Inazu, the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University School of Law and founder of the Carver Project.   

Caruso School of Law has a visible presence in the LVF.  The program’s written resources include the writing of professor emeritus Bob Cochran, founder of the Nootbaar Institute.  Professor Jennifer Koh, co-director of the Nootbaar Institute, is a featured guest speaker for a session on “Lawyers as Justice Bearers” that comprises part of a series addressing the multiple roles of lawyers.  

The LVF is in the final phases of selecting fellows to participate in its inaugural cycle, and has openings for early-stage lawyers (roughly 2 to 5 years into practice), especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Applications are available at Legal Vocation Fellowship, and should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than December 15, 2022.