Application FAQs

Q: How does LWOW Sprint/LWOW Xed work?

A: Please click on the following links to read about each program: LWOW Sprint, LWOW Xed

Q: Can I apply to more than one program?

A: Students can apply to both LWOW Sprint and LWOW Xed or to LWOW Xed only. If you are chosen for LWOW Sprint you will also be automatically enrolled in LWOW Xed, which is mandatory for all LWOW Sprint participants. However, you may apply to LWOW Xed and not for LWOW Sprint. You will be asked on the application to indicate for which programs you are applying, and, if applicable, will be asked during the selection process for your program preference.

Q: My school is not a participating school, but I still want to participate. What should I do?

A: Please contact lulia@lwow.org for any questions about student applications from non-participating schools.

Q: When is my application due?

A: Unless otherwise noted, students must complete their applications by 29 November 2019. This includes completion of the Applicant Recommendation.

Q: Who should complete the Applicant Recommendation, and how?

A: Students applying to LWOW must have an academic or professional supervisor (e.g., a professor who supervises their work as a research assistant, a thesis supervisor, a work manager, recent boss, etc.) complete the Applicant Recommendation on their behalf. Students should inform the supervisor of their candidacy for LWOW and send the link (lwow.org/2020-applicant-recommendation) to their supervisor for completion. Applications without a recommendation will not be considered.

Note: Students from University College London should contact Anna Donovan regarding special instructions for the applicant recommendation. Students from Penn Law need not complete the applicant recommendation.

Q: What are the expectations LWOW has of me?

A: Learn more about our student expectations here. LWOW is an intensive experience and well worth the reward. Students can expect to spend anywhere between 4–10 hours per week on LWOW plus more hours working on their projects.

Q: What are the schedules for LWOW 2020?

A: LWOW Sprint and LWOW Xed are an intensive experiences. The preliminary schedules for each program are now posted. LWOW Sprint and LWOW Xed run from January–April 2020. LWOW Live (webinar) sessions are held most Wednesdays at 20:00 UTC. The weekly meetings with the LWOW Project Manager, LWOW Live webinars, and LWOW pre-recorded webinars are mandatory for all student participants. Additionally, students are expected to schedule meetings with their team and volunteer mentors, as well as meet Deliverables and milestones related to project development.

Q: What is a Project of Worth?

A: Learn more about Projects of Worth here.

Q: What are this year's topics?

A: Topics for 2020 will be announced in mid-January for LWOW Xed and mid-March for LWOW Sprint. Past years' topics can be viewed here. All LWOW Xed Projects will focus on social entrepreneurship/access to justice issues.

Q: CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN TOPIC? 

A: LWOW topics are selected by our leadership team, sponsors, and community. While students cannot choose their own topic, we do try to match students with a topic that aligns with their interest and experience, as expressed in their application and interview. Topic assignments are made based on a number of factors, including preference, background, time zone, and ensuring a wholly diverse experience within the team.

Q: How are teams constructed? Can I choose my teammates?

A: Teams are carefully crafted of participants from across a wide range of institutions worldwide. A large part of LWOW is learning about other cultures, communication, networking, and fostering lasting relationships across societal borders in ways that would not otherwise be possible. For these reasons, we take great time and care in crafting the teams in order to maximize cross-cultural understanding and experience. 

Q: When will teams and topics be announced?

A: Teams and topics will be announced in mid-January for LWOW Xed and mid-March for LWOW Sprint.

Q: I already have a business idea. Can I submit my own topic?

A: While we encourage our students to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas using skills honed in LWOW, our topics for LWOW 2020 are set by our leadership team in collaboration with our sponsors. Many of our topics stem from suggestions made by the 1000+ change agents who, together, comprise our LWOW Community. Topics center on cutting edge issues in legal education and practice, including (but not limited to) the legal profession, access to justice, technology and law, corporate law, arbitration, and compliance. Some topics are sponsored by corporations and firms (past and current topic sponsors include Accenture, Cozen, Microsoft, Clyde & Co, HSBC, Eversheds, Linklaters, Janders Dean, Holland & Knight, LATAM, Leah Cooper Consulting, LegalZoom, Lockheed Martin, Spotify, and United Lex). This allows teams to solve a real problem faced by the sponsoring organization with guidance from experts and employees within the organization. 

Q: how intensive is the workload?

A: LWOW is an intensive experience. While we aim to keep the workload consistent and balanced from week to week, students usually find that their involvement substantially increases in the run-up to the final deliverables. Students can expect to invest anywhere from 4 to 10 hours a week plus more on project development; ultimately, however, the work load balance comes down to each team's progress, and work product. 

Q: What kind of technology do I need to participate?

A: Participation in LWOW requires a strong internet connection, a pair of earbuds, and a computer (tablets are insufficient) with a built-in or attachable webcam. Most virtual teaming, including LWOW Live sessions, is done through a platform available at no cost to our participants that enables presentations along with multiple videos to be displayed at one time and a live chat. Participants access the platform by clicking a link. You can learn more about our platform here

Q: Will my Project of Worth be used in practice?

A: The closer a Project of Worth is to a viable product, the more successful it is likely to be. This is because part of creating your Project of Worth is accurately determining the costs of creating, marketing and implementing it. Understandably, we do not expect you to have business and marketing expertise to an extent where you will be able to do this perfectly; however, part of the fun of the whole process is researching and trying to determine these variables to the best of your ability. Projects of Worth from previous years have lasted beyond the LWOW process and into the negotiation stages with venture capitalists and, even beyond this, into the realm of real world application. Given that LWOW Sprint is only two days, projects will need more work after Sprint if the team wants to bring it to life.

Q: Is it really possible to create an expansive project virtually?

A: Absolutely! For 10 years, hundreds of students have taken part in LWOW to collaborate across borders, time zones, and institutions to bring Projects of Worth to life.

Q: I cannot afford to travel to the LWOW SPRINT, Should I still apply?

A:  To make this decision, please contact your LWOW lead faculty contact directly.  Each school handles funding of their participants differently.  LWOW is a nonprofit organization; thus, we cannot fund students on our own. However, we do have a limited number of funds for students each year thanks to the generosity of private donors.

Q: What should my Personal PITCH include?

A: Your Personal Pitch should tell us why you're a fitting candidate for LWOW—in short, what can you do for LWOW, and what can LWOW do for you? Each personal statement should include examples of problem solving, leadership, and creativity. Applications to LWOW are competitive, so what makes you stand out? The Personal Pitch is your opportunity to give us an in-depth idea of your identity, personality, and desire to participate in LWOW. What will you bring to the table? What do you seek to accomplish, improve, or discover (both personally and professionally) through your participation? Note: The Personal Pitch may be a mix of video clips, still photos, and animated media; however, it must be one cohesive video file. Click here for a YouTube playlist of past Personal Pitches.

Q: What is the cost to participate in LWOW?

A: LWOW is a nonprofit organization. To that end, we require that each participating school pay an Administration Fee. Students from non-participating schools are welcome to apply to LWOW Xed and LWOW Sprint at their own cost. If you are responsible for an application fee, please submit your application, and we will reach out to you regarding the application fee payment instructions. Once payment is complete, your application will be considered.

Participants in LWOW Sprint must attend the Sprint weekend on April 17-18, 2020 (Coral Gables, FL) and the all-virtual LWOW Xed course. Schools and students work together to determine a funding arrangement—some students are fully funded by their schools, others are self-funded, and some schools provide a partial stipend.

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