The Office of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel offers a one-year, non-renewable fellowship to a recent law school graduate, commencing on or about September 1st of each year.  The Cannon Fellowship is named for the Washington University’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Michael R. Cannon, who resigned from that position in 2016 after more than twenty-three years of service to the University.

The Cannon Fellowship provides a beginning lawyer with an excellent and unusual opportunity to develop and sharpen technical and professional legal skills in a wide variety of legal and business fields. Operating under the supervision of other OGC attorneys, the Fellow will assume responsibility for a diverse portfolio of legal matters, conduct important legal research directly supportive of client decision-making, and engage directly with senior administrative and faculty members of the client community. The Fellow can expect to prepare memoranda of law; review and draft agreements, university policies, and pleadings; and attend meetings with clients, colleagues and outside counsel related to the work assigned. Supervising attorneys will closely review the Fellow’s work and meet with him or her to provide feedback and mentorship.

By providing substantial exposure to the work and challenges of a university legal department, the Fellowship offers an excellent opportunity for those with an interest in the field of higher education law, health care law, or any of the substantive areas in which OGC practices. Previous Fellows have gone on to pursue opportunities in private practice, non-profit organizations and the federal judiciary.

Applicants must be in the top third of their law school class and must have strong analytical and writing skills, a high level of professional and personal maturity, and an ability to quickly grasp unfamiliar areas of the law. OGC particularly encourages applications from students with a demonstrated interest in higher education law or health care law. The Fellow must sit for a state bar exam the summer before commencement of the Fellowship.

Washington University is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit letters of interest and resumes to For the 2020-2021 Fellowship position, application materials should be submitted by September 10, 2019 to ensure full consideration.

Lauren N. Holtz 2017-2018
Ryan D. Chafe 2016-2017
Timothy S. Wombles 2015-2016
Michael T. Geiselhart 2014-2015
Daniel M. Hinkle 2013-2014
Lindsay A. Smith 2012-2013