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Husch Blackwell Higher Education Law Fellowship

Higher Education
Law Fellow Spotlight

Marissa Hotujac

The Husch Blackwell Higher Education Law Fellowship has been established in collaboration with the University of Kansas Office of General Counsel to support and promote career advancement to those interested in legal issues facing higher education.  The fellowship program is open to third-year law students and recent law school graduates. It grants extraordinary access into the legal life of the University of Kansas and its Office of the General Counsel. 

The KU Office of the General Counsel manages the legal affairs of all University of Kansas and University of Kansas Medical Center campuses as well as university-controlled affiliates including Kansas Athletics, Inc. Office of the General Counsel attorneys represent the University of Kansas in a broad range of legal issues including but not limited to labor and employment, Title IX, contract review and drafting, claims and tort litigation, regulatory compliance matters, research, export control, faculty appointments and grievance processes, and student conduct issues.

The nationally recognized firm of Husch Blackwell sponsors the law fellow position, providing peer support, networking and professional development while the University provides an unparalleled opportunity for the fellow to work side-by-side with KU General Counsel attorneys, gaining the resources and hands-on mentorship necessary for a successful career in higher education law.

The law fellow is directly involved in most areas of the KU legal department’s work representing the University of Kansas in state and federal litigation and in proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and assumes responsibility for a diverse range of legal matters, conducts important legal research and engages directly with senior administration, faculty, staff and students. The fellow participates in investigations, conducts legal research, drafts pleadings, motions and other litigation-related documents, interviews witnesses, prepares for depositions, appears at conferences and university hearings, argues motions and provides strategic advice. Supervising attorneys work closely alongside the law fellow pending admission to the Kansas Bar Association, and beyond admission, to guide the experience and provide valuable feedback and support.

More information for applicants

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245 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7535

Medical Center campus: 
2001 Murphy Administration Building, Mail Stop 2013
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160-7101

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