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Joseph Andres ('12)
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The University of Notre Dame’s School of Law recently announced a new fellowship for aspiring legal scholars, and among its four inaugural fellows is alumnus Joseph Andres (’12).

The Murphy Fellowship aims “to support students exploring the area of law and religion,” according to the school’s website. Fellows will conduct that exploration by following a program of studies that blends pre-existing tracks at Notre Dame Law School, including the Program on Church, State & Society and the Religious Liberty Initiative. 

For Mr. Andres, the intersection of these rich strains of inquiry naturally complements his study of theology, in which he earned a master’s degree from Ave Maria University. “My primary purpose in going to law school is to put myself in a position to build up Catholic community at the natural level,” he says. “Law is an essential piece of that goal, and since the Murphy Fellowship is about exactly those things — Church, law, and society — I’m excited that there’s already an entire fellowship devoted to the goals I came here with.”