Two Cooley Law School Students Chosen as Prestigious Presidential Management Fellows
May 24, 2013 — Cooley Law School students Barbara Evans and Christopher D. Stevens have been named Presidential Management Fellows Finalists for 2013. The Presidential Management Fellows Program is a prestigious leadership training program offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Through the PMF program, federal agencies recruit and hire top graduate students from across the nation to participate in a rigorous, two-year paid fellowship, which includes challenging classroom assignments, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. The PMFs are hired by federal agencies to engage in solving domestic or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, and financial management, to name a few.
Evans and Stevens are two of only 47 law students included in the group of 663 fellows finalists, and were selected from a pool of more than 12,000 program applicants. Only three law schools, George Washington, Georgetown, and Wake Forest, placed more finalists into the program. Three other Michigan law schools placed one finalist: University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and the University of Detroit-Mercy. Harvard and Stanford each placed one finalist.
“Not only is this a great honor for these students, their selection provides for them a wonderful opportunity,” said Cooley President and Dean, Don LeDuc. “Through a similar program, I was offered a position with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., a city every young lawyer should experience. I was able to start a career in government service, which ended only when I had my chance to join Cooley just before it received accreditation. I could not have had a better experience or a better opportunity. This program offers these new lawyers the same head start on a rewarding career. I congratulate them on this achievement.”
Evans is slated to graduate from Cooley in September 2013, and Stevens graduated from Cooley in January 2013. They have until April 2014 to select and begin their fellowship placements. Following successful conclusion of their two-year fellowships, they may have the opportunity to convert their fellowships into full-time permanent positions.
About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.