Patiño FAQs

  • When is the application due?

The application and all accompanying materials must be received by the Admissions and Financial Aid Office by the deadline in June.

  • Where do I send my application?

      Tony Patino Fellowship
      Admissions and Financial Aid Office
      The University of Chicago Law School
      1111 East 60th Street
      Chicago, IL 60637

Applications may also be emailed to, though we prefer hard copies via the mail.  Faxes will not be accepted. 

  • Can my recommenders send their letters of recommendation directly to the Law School?

Yes. You can either submit your letters along with your application or your recommenders can send them directly to the Law School at the address provided above.

  • Can I use the same personal statement and/or letters of recommendation for the Patino Fellowship that I used in my admissions application?

The Patino Committee will receive a copy of your admissions application. Therefore, submitting duplicative materials would not be to your advantage.

  • Do Fellows need to work in public service after graduation?

No. There are no restrictions on Fellows' career choices. Fellows are expected to apply their legal training to the broader good in whatever career paths they choose. Given the mission of the Fellowship, many Fellows are involved in public service work.

  • What prior experiences are necessary for selection?

There is no single "right" background for a Patino Fellow. Instead, the selection committee focuses upon how a candidate's background reflects the selection criteria.

  • Is financial need taken into account in selecting Fellows?

No. Financial need is not a factor for consideration. The financial stipend Fellows receive is independent of any scholarship provided by the Law School.

  • How many Fellows are selected?

One to two new Fellows are selected from each incoming class at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • What is required for the Fellows-Elect?

The Fellowship is awarded on a year-by-year basis. This means that each Fellow must renew his/her status at the end of each academic year. Renewal is awarded based upon, among other factors, the Fellow-Elect's personal and academic performance and his/her summer work. A Fellow-Elect's summer work should either be in the legal field or in a public service position.

  • What is the difference between a Fellow and a Fellow-Elect?

Fellow-Elect refers to current law students. Once a Fellow-Elect has received renewals for his/her second and third year of law school, and has received a Juris Doctor degree, the Fellow-Elect becomes a Tony Patino Fellow.