Hauser Scholarship Essay Example

As part of the Hauser Global Law School Program, the Hauser Global Scholarship was founded in 1995 at the initiative of alumna Rita Hauser and NYU School of Law. Since its inauguration, the Hauser Global Scholarship has become the leading initiative pursuing the adaptation of legal education in the United States towards an increasingly global perspective. It reflects the Law School's conviction that the practice of law and legal research has escaped the bounds of any particular jurisdiction and that legal education can no longer ignore the interpenetration of legal systems.

Each year, 10 of the finest students from countries across the world are selected as Hauser Global Scholars by the distinguished members of the Hauser Scholars Selection Committee.  These select individuals — all of whom are LLM students — share their perspectives and experiences from their own legal systems with the rest of the Law School academic community. The Hauser Global Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and a living stipend for the year of their studies at NYU and are integrated intellectually and socially in the events of the Hauser Global Law School Program and NYU School of Law.

The Hauser Global Scholars reflect the breadth and diversity of NYU School of Law’s Graduate Division. In the last 11 years of the Program, 99 Hauser Global Scholars have been selected from approximately 42 countries and all continents. After intensive screening of applications by NYU School of Law faculty and admissions officers, Hauser Global Scholars are selected by a committee of distinguished international leaders. They are chosen on the basis of their intellectual and leadership ability and their capacity to participate productively in a global community of scholars and practitioners.

For information on application to the Graduate Division and to the Hauser Global Scholarship, please see the Office of Graduate Admissions.


2017-2018 Hauser Global Scholars


Alec Dawson
New Zealand

Alec received his Bachelor of Laws with first class honors at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2015. Alongside his studies he spent a significant amount of time debating for the University of Otago debating society, including attending the world universities debating championships three times. He also did campaign work with Generation Zero, an organization of young people campaigning for improved climate change policy in New Zealand. This work involved producing a number of policy reports analyzing t options for the state of climate policy in New Zealand.

For two years after graduating, Alec was a clerk to O’Regan J in the Supreme Court of New Zealand, New Zealand’s final court of appeal. Since completing his term clerking, Alec has been working at the New Zealand Law Commission, an independent government body responsible for reviewing the country’s laws. He has been a part of the team reviewing New Zealand’s laws governing the division of property when couples separate.

At NYU Alec will pursue an LLM in environmental and energy law. He is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental issues with international law and constitutional law.


Marco Dell'Erba

Marco is a lawyer and a researcher. 

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rome La Sapienza and is a fellow of the Lamaro Pozzani University College of Excellence (Rome) where he was awarded a five year full merit-based scholarhip. He holds a PhD in private law and financial regulation from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a PhD in corporate and securities law from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Marco practiced law in the departments of Banking & Finance and Litigation & Dispute Resolutions at Clifford Chance LLP (Rome) and as an independent consultant (Paris). He has held research positions in various institutions from different countries: the University of Groningen (Netherlands), where he is affiliated with the Groningen Center for Financial European Financial Services; the Financial Regulation Laboratory of Excellence (Paris, France, created among four leading French institutions, including Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, ENA, ESCP, CNAM), where he is Research Associate; the National University of Singapore (Singapore);  and, at the London School of Economics (UK) as a Research Assistant in the Department of law during his PhD.

His main interests lie in the field of financial and banking regulation, corporate law and securities law (hedge funds, derivatives, clearing houses, blockchain).

At NYU Marco will pursue an LLM in Corporation Law, with a focus on Securities law and Financial Regulation.


Grace Keesing

Grace holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honors, a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction from the Australian National University, which she attended as the recipient of a National Undergraduate Scholarship. She received numerous prizes during her undergraduate studies including first place in law and first place in honors in law.

Whilst at university, Grace served as a member of the New South Wales State Executive Council for Amnesty International, as Co-coordinator of the Amnesty International Youth Outreach Project and as an Australian delegate to several international youth leadership forums. She also volunteered at the Legal Aid Centre and Women’s Legal Services. She is a state champion rower, amateur actor and long distance ocean swimmer.

Following graduation, Grace was Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, before commencing employment as a litigation solicitor in Sydney. She has worked as a sessional academic, lecturing and tutoring in administrative and commercial law, and as a volunteer editor for the Federal Law Review. Grace’s interest is in improving private law protections for vulnerable people. Her recent work has focused on financial regulation, white collar crime and refugee protection matters.

At NYU, Grace is undertaking a Traditional LLM with focus on advocacy, dispute resolution and regulatory theory. She will work as a barrister and academic after completing her degree.


Kresimira Kruslin

Kresimira Kruslin obtained her Master of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia in September 2013. She graduated summa cum laude in the top 1% of her class. In recognition of her academic performance, Kresimira received multiple merit scholarships for academic distinction and was awarded several annual awards for exceptional achievements in studies.

During her law studies, Kresimira worked as a student teaching and research assistant for professors in different departments of her faculty where she provided support to student groups and classes on a range of topics related to Civil Law and European Public Law. Kresimira was also a member and a speaker of the team that represented the University of Zagreb at the 2013 edition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She provided pro bono legal advice through the Legal Clinic of Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.

After graduation, Kresimira joined Šavorić & Partners, one of the leading Croatian law firms. Over the years Kresimira participated in a number of high-profile transactions advising numerous lenders as well as large domestic corporate borrowers. Kresimira assisted local and international lenders in all types of bilateral and syndicated loan lending, structured debt financing, acquisition and real estate financing projects.

Kresimira was admitted to the Croatian Bar Association in March 2017 after passing the bar exam with highest honors. Her primary areas of interest are corporate and commercial law focusing in particular on banking and finance and capital markets.

At NYU, Kresimira is enrolled in the LLM program in Corporation Law.


Brigitte Leal Vásquez

Brigitte Leal received her LL.B. (summa cum laude) from Universidad de Chile in 2014, being ranked as the second best undergraduate student in that academic year. She also obtained a Diploma in Economic Public Law in 2013 from Universidad de Chile Law School.

During her university years, she received several distinctions, such as The Dean List Honor. Also, her undergraduate thesis “Supervisory Power of Administrative Authorities” was granted with two important academic recognitions: The Chilean House of Representatives Award for the best undergraduate thesis project (2013), and the Chilean Constitutional Court Award (2014) for the best undergraduate thesis of the year. In this case, she obtained the first place and her thesis was published as a book. 

As undergraduate student, she worked as research assistant for the Chilean Bar Association in the context of the New Code of Professional Ethics (2008). After that, she gained experience in a Chilean law firm, especially in researching on Public Law and regulation (2009-2010). Then, she started to work as researcher in the Center of Regulation and Competition (RegCom) – Universidad de Chile Law School, contributing in different research projects for public agencies (2013). After finished her law degree and prior to come to NYU Law, she was Law Clerk of the Chief Justice of Chilean Constitutional Court, Mr. Carlos Carmona Santander (2014-2017).

In the academic field, she has been teaching and research assistant in Public Law, especially in Administrative Law. She has published different academic articles in Chilean law journals and presented in national and international conferences. During 2014 to 2017, she was invited professor in the graduate and undergraduate departments of Universidad de Chile Law School.

At NYU, Brigitte will pursue the LLM in Legal Theory, focusing on Public Law, legal and political philosophy.


Monika Leszczyńska

Monika Leszczyńska received her first degree in law from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland) and an LLM degree in international and European business law from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (Germany). She earned her PhD degree in law (summa cum laude) from the University in Bonn (Germany) for a doctoral thesis entitled “Behavioral effects of corporate governance reforms and their legal implications”. During her doctoral studies, Monika was a member of the International Max Planck Research School “Uncertainty” and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. In 2014, she was a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. From September 2016 till May 2017, she was a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow at the New York University School of Law.

Monika conducts experimental research to provide evidence-based arguments to the ongoing legal debates in corporate governance and contract law. For instance, in her research on affirmative action and group dynamics she described behavioral consequences of a gender quota rule for cooperation between group members. She also investigated experimentally the impact of two types of contracts – fixed-term and open-ended – on individual behavior showing that seemingly equivalent contract types might differently influence a contractual relationship. In a most recent research project, Monika has examined the impact of contractual formalities, such as a handwritten signature, on impulsive behavior. Monika aspires to communicate her projects to the legal and experimental community. One example of this approach is her study on gender quotas, which have yielded one article for an experimental journal (published in the Journal of Economic Psychology), and another for a primarily legal audience (accepted to the European Business Organization Law Review).


Na Lu

Na Lu graduated with an LL.B. degree with First Class Honors from the Law School of University of International Business and Economics (the “UIBE”) in 2006. She obtained an LL.M. degree from UIBE in 2008 focusing on the international economic law. During her studies, Na received several awards for academic excellence both in her university and beyond.

Na passed the bar examination in China in 2007. Between February 2008 and July 2017, she worked in the capital markets department of Shanghai/Hong Kong offices of Clifford Chance (one of the world's pre-eminent law firms and a member of the “Magic Circle” of the leading British law firms), focusing on the Hong Kong capital markets equity and debt transactions as well as the post-IPO compliances. She was the senior associate of Clifford Chance before her LL.M. study at NYU.

Na has also been keen to the development of junior lawyers and was recognized as “Recruiting Star” of Clifford Chance in 2016. She has also been active in pro bono activities and was recognized as “Charity Star” of Clifford Chance in 2013.

At NYU, Na is pursuing the Traditional LLM with a focus on the commercial law and securities law.


Kaitlin Owens

Kaitlin Owens received her J.D. from the University of Toronto, where she was awarded the Angus MacMurchy Gold Medal as well as the Gallant Ho Prize for ranking first overall in her graduating class.

During her law degree, she worked extensively with the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto. In partnership with PEN Canada and PEN International, she authored an advocacy report on violence against journalists in Honduras. This report was published and subsequently used in submissions before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Canada’s Standing Committee on Trade. Kaitlin also represented the IHRP at the PEN Americas Summit in Mexico City, providing a presentation on liaising with NGOs to draft advocacy reports. She additionally conducted investigations into Mexico’s responses to international outcry over high levels of violence against journalists and impunity for these crimes.

Following law school, Kaitlin clerked for three judges at the Ontario Court of Appeal, the province’s highest court. There, she conducted legal research on a wide variety of topics, examining both domestic and foreign case law. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. After completing her clerkship, Kaitlin worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney, prosecuting criminal cases at the Ontario Court of Justice. 

As a Hauser Global Scholar, Kaitlin will complete an LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University, specializing in international human rights law, transitional justice and international criminal law. She is also the recipient of the 2017 John P. Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights Law.


Jan Petrov
Czech Republic

Jan Petrov obtained a Master degree in Law in 2014 at Masaryk University Faculty of Law in Brno. He graduated with honors and ranked among the top 2 % of his class. During his studies Jan was awarded multiple merit scholarships and won the Dean’s award for the best paper in constitutional law in the Competition of Student Research Papers. He also studied law at Aberystwyth University in the UK as an Erasmus exchange student. Apart from law, Jan also earned a degree in Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in 2013.  

During his undergraduate studies, Jan got mostly interested in constitutional law and human rights and did internships at the Czech Constitutional Court, Supreme Administrative Court and at the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. After graduating from law, Jan became a law clerk at the Supreme Administrative Court. For more than two years, he worked on cases from various fields of public law, including electoral disputes and the dissolution of political parties.

Besides working in the judiciary, Jan has been a Ph.D. student at the Department of Constitutional Law and Politics at Masaryk University. His dissertation focuses on the interactions between the European Court of Human Rights and domestic constitutional courts. During his Ph.D. studies, Jan was a visiting researcher at PluriCourts (University of Oslo), presented his research at international conferences in New York, Oslo, Berlin, Tartu and Copenhagen, and published articles in Czech and international journals.

Currently, Jan is a full-time Ph.D. researcher at the Judicial Studies Institute (JUSTIN) of Masaryk University. He conducts research on domestic implementation of international human rights courts’ decisions and on the judicial self-government in Europe with a special focus on the European Court of Human Rights.

At NYU, Jan will pursue a Traditional LLM, focusing on international law and constitutional theory.

LAS scholarships

The LAS Honors program manages both donor-based scholarships and application-based scholarships. Donor-based scholarships are offered to students who meet the established criteria; they are not available through an application process. For the application-based scholarships, only students meeting all the required criteria will be considered.

Additional information about each of the scholarships and their individualized application process are posted as they are available for submission. Please continue to check back for updated information.

Michael and Susan Haney STEM Education Scholarship

This scholarship supports juniors or seniors who are enrolled in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) secondary education program.

The application opens annually in the spring or summer for the following academic year.

Alexandra H. Hauser Scholarship

The Hauser scholarship seeks to support LAS undergraduates who have a full sibling with Down syndrome. Applicants should demonstrate their experience with people with disabilities—especially Down syndrome—and complete a 500-word essay on their relationship with their sibling. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Hausers and their generous gift. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Have a full sibling with Down Syndrome
  • Be at least a sophomore in standing (30 Illinois credit hours)
  • Be an Illinois resident
  • Be enrolled full-time in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We are unable to offer any new Hauser Scholarships in 2017-18. We anticipate a new application cycle for the 2018-19 academic year.

Joan & Peter Hood Internship

One upper-level undergraduate student is selected each year as the Peter and Joan Hood Intern in the Student Academic Affairs Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The intern will assist the Associate Dean and Assistant Deans with special projects and research studies pertaining to LAS Student Academic Affairs; for example, evaluative assistance in the study of "best practices" together with support in the areas of access, admissions, honors, undergraduate research, transfer articulation, unit assessment, and surveys.

Required qualifications include:

  • Junior or senior status in an LAS major
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Demonstrated writing and quantitative skills
  • Experience with technology including Microsoft Excel
  • High academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0)

The application opens annually during spring semester.

Houston & Papadimitriou Greek Culture Award

This scholarship seeks to support undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have a demonstrated interest in and who are taking elective courses to learn about Greek culture, language, or history.

Applications open annually during the spring semester.

The total amount of awards for 2017-18 will be $3,000. The amount and number of awards vary each year, but usually two or three scholarships are awarded.

Check back next spring to apply.

Tessa Oberg Writing Award

Honoring the life of Tessa Oberg, a graduate of the Department of English, the award is open to freshmen, sophomore, or junior undergraduates enrolled in an LAS major. Selection for the award is based upon an analytical and expository essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words responding to a provided prompt.

The application opens annually during fall semester for the following spring. Look for updated application information in August each year.

James Scholar Preble Research Scholarship

The purpose of these funds is to provide incentive and support to outstanding James Scholars involved in undergraduate research (e.g., Department Distinction projects, research projects, etc.). Junior and senior certified James Scholars in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are invited to apply. A limited amount of funding is awarded each term (typically about $500) to those whose academic enrichment proposal is judged most meritorious by the LAS Honors Council.

Scholarships are typically awarded in the amount of $500, although the Honors Council may adjust the award amount if they deem it to be appropriate for a particular application.

Funds to support the purchase of research supplies and materials may be paid to your PI's lab account at the request of the applicant following notification that their application has been funded. Funds to support living expenses, enabling dedicated research time, will pay to your student account like a typical scholarship.

Applicants are encouraged to work with their PI or research advisor on their application. They're asked to provide the following information via the application link below:

  • In 300 words or less, provide a description or abstract of your project. Please include information about the significance of this research to a broader audience and the specific methods you will use to carry out the research. Note that the Honors Council consists of representatives from a variety of disciplines. Please take care to provide a project description that can be understood by a broad audience.
  • In 300 words or less, tell us why your project should be funded by the Honors Council. Explain how your research would be enriched by the award, and what the award would support you to do (i.e., purchase research supplies, travel to present or execute research, etc.).
    • If you request a research travel award, include the details of your travel plan. Requests for travel to participate in a conference are welcome, but travel should relate to the current semester.
    • Sorry, examination fees are not regarded as an eligible expense.
    • If you are requesting funds to allow you to have dedicated research time, please address in detail the ways in which your research and experience at Illinois will be enriched by the award.
  • Have you received James Scholar Research Support in the past? If so, how was it used, and why should a second award be funded?
  • Provide an itemized budget of how the funds will be used.
    • For research support, include costs of professional supplies (not textbooks required for class), equipment, and reproduction.
    • For research travel awards, include costs of transportation and accommodations.
    • If requesting laboratory supplies, please explain why such costs are not covered by your lab.
    • If requesting funding for dedicated research time, an itemized budget is not required.
    • No matter how your funds would be spent, please clearly indicate the following on your budget:
      1. any other funding you may be receiving,
      2. how costs exceeding the award will be covered, and
      3. alternative sources should a James Scholar award not be available.
  • Please attach a resume that includes work experience, campus and community activities, and university honors and awards.
  • A letter of reference from the individual advising your research project.

Award cycles occur for fall, spring, and summer.

Peter and Susan Schaeffer Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to support:

  • Junior or senior students enrolled full-time in the College of LAS
  • Those who have academic merit (strong GPA) and
  • A preference for students with knowledge of German language through family, classes, or participation in social organizations

For 2017-18, up to three scholarships of $2,500 will be offered.

Check back next spring to apply.

Diana B. Younger Scholarship

The Younger Scholarship seeks to support students who are self-supported. Eligible applicants will be beginning their second year at Illinois with sophomore standing during the academic year for which the scholarship will be awarded. Applicants must have a cumulative University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GPA of 3.25 or higher and verified financial need. Applicants must also maintain full-time enrollment for the academic year (both fall and spring semesters) in a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences during the academic year for which the scholarship was awarded.

For 2017-18, one scholarship of $3,300, renewable for up to two years, will be offered.

Check back next spring to apply.

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