Application Steps

STEP ONE: get to know lwow

Before applying to LWOW, read all the information available about it on our website. Decide which of our programs interest you.

STEP TWO: check your school's status

Check to see if your school is a participating school in LWOW Original and/or LWOW X. 

If not, we still welcome your application for LWOW X, our all-virtual program. Applicants from non-participating schools may apply to LWOW X only and will be charged a USD $50 application fee which will be put towards the participation fee if the student is accepted into the program. Successful applicants to LWOW X from non-participating schools are responsible for a USD $500 participation fee. A limited number of hardship accommodations are available—contact us for more information.

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.

Students from schools participating in LWOW Original only may apply to LWOW X with payment of the USD $50 application fee. If a student from a school participating only in LWOW Original applies to LWOW X, pays the fee, and is then selected for LWOW Original, LWOW will refund the student's application fee.

STEP THREE: create your personal pitch

Create a Personal Pitch. The Personal Pitch is a one- to two-minute video (created via phone, tablet, computer, camera, or animated tools like Powtoon) telling us why you're an ideal candidate for LWOW—in short, what can you do for LWOW, and what can LWOW do for you? Each Personal Pitch should include examples of problem solving, leadership, and creativity. Applications to LWOW are competitive, so what makes you stand out?

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.


a. Complete the online application. It asks for information typically available on a CV, a link to your Personal Pitch, contact information, and a short response (500 words or less) to a substantive question of your choice.

b. Ask an academic or professional supervisor to complete the applicant recommendation on your behalf. The person completing this form should have experience working with you. (Note that students from University College London and Penn Law/Wharton are exempt from the recommendation.)

Your application to LWOW will not be considered unless both the applicant recommendation and the online application are received and complete.

Applicants from non-participating schools are required to complete the online application first. We will then be in touch regarding payment of the application fee. Once payment is complete, your application will be considered. Applicants from non-participating schools who have submitted an application without an application fee will not be considered. 


Successful applicants will be interviewed virtually by the LWOW Team prior to their formal acceptance. All decisions will be made before 1 December 2018.

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