Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The UW School of Law’s Sustainable International Development Law program is pleased to partner with TRACE International, a leading nonprofit membership organization focused on anti-bribery compliance, to offer a new LL.M. scholarship aimed at developing exceptional young leaders in the field of anti-corruption who are committed to advancing commercial transparency.

Guidelines and Application Process

The TRACE Scholar Program will fully fund, with tuition, lodging and travel, to an international lawyer from a developing country to pursue studies related to strategies and tools for increasing transparency and reducing corruption. The UW Law TRACE Scholar will spend an academic year at the University of Washington followed by a paid summer internship at TRACE headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland. The person selected as a TRACE Scholar must be ready to commence his/her studies in late August 2014 for a period of one year.
TRACE Scholars will have a demonstrated interest in anti-corruption efforts and will write their LL.M. thesis on a subject related to anticorruption: international instruments, compliance or enforcement. They will enroll in relevant courses focused on business ethics, rule of law, governance and/or economic development. The TRACE Scholar Program will provide emerging leaders and professionals with an interest in anti-corruption and bribery prevention with an intensive course of study followed by a practical and “hands-on” internship.
The deadline for receipt of applications is April 20, 2014.

Student Qualifications / Criteria for applying:

  1. A first degree in law or equivalent
  2. Is a national from a developing country (as defined by the World Bank)
  3. Will make commitment to return to applicant’s home country to work for a period of 2-3 years
  4. Strong English skills. The following minimum score is required, (test scores must be less than two years old):
    • 580 TOEFL
    • 237 TOEFLC
    • 92 TOEFLiBT
    • 7.0 IELTS
    • 65 Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
    Note: Candidate may take the TOEFL after submitting his or her application if scheduling does not permit an earlier testing.
  5. Evidence of leadership skills
  6. Willingness to participate in interviews via Skype
  7. Ready to commence studies in late August 2014 for a period of one year

Application Materials/Instructions

Candidates should submit the following
  1. Cover sheet
  2. At least two letters of recommendation from legal professionals in the home country. References may be submitted via email to Professor Ramasastry at uwsidlaw@uw.edu
  3. Official transcripts and degree statements.
  4. Resume or CV; and
  5. A personal statement of 2-3 pages which describes the applicant’s interest and experience in dealing with anti-corruption and a description of how such a scholarship will further his or her work to combat corruption in the applicant’s home country

Please submit your application via email to Professor Anita Ramasastry at uwsidlaw@uw.edu by April 20th, 2014 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
Please note – Applicants for the scholarship will not be asked to complete the LL.M. application unless he or she is selected as the scholarship recipient.


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