From an email message which I received earlier today:
Since the early 1970s, the pioneering William H. Hastie Fellowship Program has played a leading role in diversifying law school faculties across the country. The Hastie program is a two-year fellowship. Participants earn an LL.M. upon completion of a thesis; they also prepare scholarly articles during their period of residence under the guidance and support of an engaged faculty advisor. During their time at the University of Wisconsin Law School, the Hastie Fellows become part of our rich intellectual community. They participate in workshops, symposia, and colloquia, presenting and responding to others’ presentations, and they become an active part of our broader community of graduate students. Almost all Fellows elect to teach or co-teach a course in an area of their interest during their second year in residence, and, with mentorship from many faculty members including but not limited to a Fellow’s faculty advisor, they prepare for a successful launch into the law teaching market.
Since the program was founded in 1973, over thirty Hastie Fellows have gone through the program and secured academic appointments. They are a distinguished presence across American legal education, and two have gone on to serve as law school deans. The Hastie Fellowship has played and continues to play a remarkable role in growing, encouraging, and developing young scholars from under-represented communities and in preparing them to succeed in the legal academic market and in the academy.
For more information about the program and the application process, please visit https://law.wisc.edu/grad/fellow_hastie.html