Our Story & Mission
Our Story and Mission
Fulton & Waite Scholars is a Washington DC-based nonprofit that connects judges and law students for internships across the United States.
Our mission is to equip America’s next generation of attorneys - to ensure that brilliant and hard-working law students do not slip through the cracks of the US legal education system. We want all committed law students to have equal legal education opportunities.
Our program is strategically designed to equip law students with real life training, legal experiences, and the confidence necessary to begin their journey to become great lawyers.
Our vision is to become the primary facilitator of judicial externships and internships in the United States. We believe that by centralizing the network by which law students and judges connect, we can help ensure that all talented and driven law students are equipped to not only endure law school, but flourish beyond it.
Diversity and Inclusion.
We seek to foster an environment of institutional and educational equity. We believe that a vision of inclusive excellence can only be brought about in diversity - by creating educational opportunities for all students. Law students who apply to the FW Scholars program are evaluated on three criteria: merit, character, and personal drive.
Letter from the Director
Before I graduated college, I had worked in my father's law firm, shadowed Superior and State Supreme Court Judges, competitively debated in nine US states, been mentored by professors at Yale, Cambridge, Oxford, and Princeton, and was surrounded by influential colleagues who were ready and willing to help advance my career.
Many of my friends were equally or more intelligent and driven, but did not have the same opportunities as I did. It turns out that most students do not enter law school with these privileges - with a vast network of connections they can use to leverage educational and career-advancing opportunities.
Over the past few years, I have personally met or spoken with judges, students, and law school faculty in nearly every law school and state in the country. Judges are seeking an easier, more inclusive, more effective way to give back to the American legal community. Law students and law schools are searching for a more streamlined way to find and secure judicial externships and internships.
I helped organize Fulton & Waite Scholars as a DC-based nonprofit that helps ensure law students have equal access to career-advancing public interest legal opportunities. We accomplish this goal by centralizing privilege - by creating a network of judges and then improving the process by which judges and law students connect.
It’s a lot of work and it’s not easy. But few things in life are more enjoyable than knowing that the work you do is impacting people in a positive way. After completing her FW Externship Program, Jordyne from Tulane Law wrote, "The way I see the world as a law student, as a citizen, and as a person was altered forever."
I believe in our mission because I believe that what we are doing is changing lives.
Please note that we’re here to help. Our team values transparency and honesty above everything else. If you have questions or want to schedule a time to speak with me, my team and I will do everything in our power to arrange the conversation.
John Christian Kuehnert Executive Director Fulton & Waite Scholars