Baylor University Law School
In 2004, Baylor Law School established the Equal Justice Scholarship, a full–tuition scholarship awarded with a commitment from the student to work for at least three years in a Texas public interest setting following graduation. The intention was that the scholarship would serve the same purpose of an LRAP but would do so on the 'front end.' Instead of assisting in the payment of loans that had accrued and would continue to accrue interest, the scholarship would minimize the number of loans that would need to be taken in the first place. This has enabled students to accept positions working with low–income Texans that they would not have been able to accept but for the scholarship because of the low salaries associated with these positions.
Boston College Law School
The Drinan Family Fund in Support of Public Interest Law.
The fund awards $10,000 to a graduating student who will pursue a public sector career. The award is to be applied solely to indebtedness incurred for legal education and may be renewed for an additional year if the recipient remains in public interest employment and fulfills the other conditions of the award. Any third year student who is pursuing a public sector career is eligible. Preference will be given to candidates whose employment is in one of the following areas: child advocacy, landlord/tenant issues, criminal defense or criminal prosecution.
Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn Law School provides funding for public interest students to work in non–profit and government settings in the months following graduation. These fellowships not only allow students to provide critical help to those otherwise unable to afford legal assistance and the organizations that represent them, but also allow them to enhance their marketability by developing additional skills and credentials while awaiting public interest jobs not available earlier in the year when many other jobs are listed.
Columbia University School of Law
Three Human Rights Fellowships at $40,000 per year; anonymous donation.
- Sandler Fellowship at Human Rights Watch (1yr)
- Henkin–Stoffel Human Rights Fellowship (2yrs)
- Leebron Human Rights Fellowship (1yr)
- Civil Rights Fellowship at Cochran Neufeld & Scheck (2yrs)
- Civil Rights Fellowship at Goldstein Demchek Baller Brogen & Dardarian (2yrs)
- Third Millenium Fellowship in Human Rights (1yr)
- Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (1yr)
For details of these fellowships, see www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/public_interest/fellowships
Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
In recognition of and consistent with this commitment, the law school has established the Public Service Fellowship Program. The purpose of this program is to assist and support graduates with a strong commitment to public service. The Public Service Fellowship Program will provide eligible recent law school graduates with part time, paid, six–month legal positions at a qualifying public interest organization. The law school hopes that this program will have a positive impact on both our graduates and the legal communities in which the students are placed.
Emory University School of Law
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center offers a post–graduate public interest fellowship to a law school graduate one–three years out of law school.
Fordham University School of Law
Crowley Program in International Human Rights Fellowship http://www.crowleyprogram.org/fellowship.htm
Georgetown University Law Center
The Georgetown clinical graduate teaching fellowship program is unique in American legal education. Each fellowship is associated with one of the Law Center's clinics, and each offers the opportunity to combine study with practice in the fields of clinical legal education and public interest advocacy. While the fellowships vary considerably in purpose, requirements and duties, they all share a common goal: to provide highly motivated new and experienced lawyers alike the opportunity to develop skills as teachers and public interest advocates within an exciting and supportive educational environment.
- Georgetown/Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) Fellowship in Asylum & Refugee Law; two–year fellowship awarded annually to a graduating Georgetown law student; fellows represent non–citizen adults and unaccompanied minors seeking political asylum and other immigration relief in Immigration Court removal proceedings. Fellows are placed in one of CLINIC's offices across the country.
- Georgetown and Howrey LLP offer a two–year pro bono fellowship every two years to a graduating Georgetown law student. The Fellow works at Howrey on the firm's pro bono program, representing his or her own caseload and helping administer the program firm–wide.
- The Kroll Family Human Rights Fellowships are awarded to 2–3 graduating Georgetown Law students each year. Fellows work for one year with a domestic or international organization that focuses on human rights law and advocacy.
Golden Gate University School of Law
Public Service Stipend Program: Golden Gate University School of Law provides a limited number of stipends to recent graduates who are performing on–going, legal volunteer work to a local, state, or federal court or government agency.
The law school has also provided funding for students serving as post–graduate judicial law clerks.
Golden Gate has two post–graduate fellowships funded by an endowment fund (alumni contributions):
- Environmental Law & Justice Clinic Fellowships: A one– to two–year fellowship funded by the law school and outside donations, with the ELJC fellow working on all clinic projects.
- Baxter Fellowship in Trial Advocacy: A one–semester fellowship, which is funded by an endowment fund established by an alumna.
The following Post–Graduation Fellowships/Awards are all funded by the law school through designated gifts:
Kaufman Fellowships: provide supplemental funding to 3Ls and recent graduates entering public service. Four kinds of fellowships are offered: Two salary fellowships provide up to $40,000 each; two large supplemental grants of $10,000–$15,000 for those who are able to secure other funding; $1,000 supplemental grants for those making under $60,000 for help with bar and moving costs; and extra supplemental grants for those who need money for bar or moving costs or have other extraordinary circumstances.
Skirnick Fellowships: provides $6000 to $8000 to one or two 3Ls or recent graduates entering public service.
Fine Fellowship: provides $1000 stipend to a 3L woman entering public service.
Henigson Fellowships: provides $22,000 to a 3L or judicial clerk to support nine to twelve months of work with an NGO in a developing country.
Heyman Fellowships: provides 20 honoraria to 3Ls or recent graduates entering federal government work. Ten of those 20 graduates are also selected, on the basis of financial need, to receive $20,000 of loan forgiveness in addition to the loan forgiveness provided by the Law School's Low Income Protection Plan.
Sacks Clinical Law Fellowships: funds the salary of at least one recent graduate to work for one or two years in one of the HLS clinics.
Bellow Awards: a consortium of student groups provides awards to one 3L and one alum (who has graduated within the last decade) who have shown a strong commitment to social justice.
In addition, Equal Justice America sponsors a fellowship to provide $50,000 per year for two years to one or two HLS students/judicial clerks to work in direct advocacy on behalf of individual low–income clients
The Beagle–NRDC Fellowship funds one 3L or judicial clerk each year to work for two years at one of the Natural Resources Defense Council offices.
The Henigson Human Rights Fellowships fund 3 HLS graduates each year to do grass roots human rights work in a developing country for nine months to a year.
There are postgraduate fellowships to support work in our clinical programs; at least one Sacks Fellowship is offered each year in one of the HLS clinics.
Finally, there is also a new fellowship to support work on global health and human rights.
For more information, see http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/fellowships/
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago–Kent College of Law
A grant of $3500 is given to two or three Chicago–Kent alums working in public interest law every year.
John Marshall Law School
Lucy Sprague Public Service Scholarship: Awarded at May graduation to a student that has made a demonstrated commitment to public service work while in law school and obtains post–graduate employment in furtherance of such public service commitment.
Elmer C. Kissane Public Service Award: Awarded each December and May to one graduate that is starting a career with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. The award is presented to each recipient upon the completion of one year of post–graduate work with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
Lewis & Clark College School of Law
Public Interest Law Scholarships: Please see http://www.lclark.edu/dept/lawadmss/scholarships.html
Loyola Law School – Los Angeles
Loyola Post–Graduate Fellowships in Public Interest Law: www.lls.edu (click on Public Interest Law Department/Post–Graduate Fellowship Opportunities).
Public Service Corps Program, which began Winter 2002, was designed to give recent Loyola Law School graduates the opportunity to gain legal experience while awaiting Bar results. Fellows may work between 75–100 hours and will be compensated at the rate of $10.00/hour. Funding is provided by the law school.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
The Salisbury Post: Graduate Clinical fellow will work closely with the child–law clinic faculty, assisting in the representation of clients, the supervision of students, and the development of course curriculum. The fellow will be expected to assist with all levels of client representation, including pretrial, trial, and appellate proceedings. The fellow will also participate in the development of the course curriculum in the teaching of a weekly seminar, focused on ethical and substantive issues arising in the representation of child clients, skills training, and the discussion of current clinic cases.
New York Law School
The Law School's Center for New York City Law offers a City Law Fellowship for graduates committed to city government. The fellowship is a one year post–graduate opportunity. Information about the Center and the Fellowship can be found at www.citylaw.org
New York University School of Law
- A Better Balance, New York, NY — one award
- ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, New York, NY — one award
- Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship, New York, NY — one award
- Brennan Center for Justice, Katz Fellowship, New York, NY— two awards
- Equal Justice Initiative Fellowship, Montgomery, AL — two awards
- International Court of Justice Clerkship, The Hague, Netherlands — one award
- Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship, New York, NY — one award
- NYU School of Law Human Rights Watch Fellowship, New York, NY— one award
- NYU School of Law Tax Policy Fellowship, Washington, D.C. — two awards
- NYU/NYPD Law Graduate Fellowship, New York, NY— one award
- Outten & Golden Employment Law Fellowship, New York, NY— one award
- Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights Fellowship, Any City, USA — one award
- Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship at Human Rights in China, New York, NY — one award
- Sinsheimer Children's Rights Fellowship at Partnership for Children's Rights, New York, NY — one award
Northeastern University School of Law
Beginning with the class of 2009, the law school created bridge fellowships to provide an opportunity for recent graduates who were not employed. These fellowships enable graduates to work part–time in short–term post–graduate positions at the law school, university or with public interest employers during the fall and winter quarters. Fellows work on a specified faculty, clinical, administrative project or for a public interest employer for a maximum period of 20 hours/week for up to 10 weeks.
Wendy Parmet Fellowship: Awarded annually to one or more graduates of Northeastern University School of Law who demonstrate a strong commitment to public interest law. The Fellowship is named in honor of Wendy Parmet, a professor at NUSL and a leading health law scholar, as well as a founding member of HLA's Board. Parmet Fellows spend a year as staff attorneys at HLA, representing clients and advocating in the broader legal and policy arena for expanded and equitable health care access.
Greater Boston Legal Services Children's Disability Project: Through an anonymous gift from an NUSL graduate, a class of 2010 graduate was funded to work for one year with the Greater Boston Legal Services Children's Disability Project.
Northwestern University School of Law
Zenner Grants: Awarded each year to graduating students who plan to work in a public interest position. The grants are intended to assist students with payment of fees for bar review courses, bar applications, and other expenses in the summer after graduation. The number and amounts vary from year to year.
Len Rubinowitz Public Interest Fellowships: Awarded both to students working in public interest positions during the summer and to graduating students entering public interest to assist with bar expenses and summer living expenses. Full grants are generally $4,500, and partial grants may also be awarded. The number of fellowships varies from year to year. The fellowships are funded by a combination of donations from students, faculty, administrators, and alumni, law school funds, and a number of fundraising events.
Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law
The Clinic and Center Fellows program assists Penn State Law students as they transition from graduation to employment while simultaneously enriching the research and programming available through our diverse clinic and center programs. Recent graduates may apply for part–time, fixed–term academic year positions.
Stanford Law School
Deborah L. Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, has endowed the Rhode Public Interest award, which is presented annually to a graduating student (or a team of graduating students) who has made outstanding contributions in work with underrepresented groups, in public interest causes outside the Law School, or in public service at the Law School. To be considered for the $3,000 award, the student must be nominated by faculty or other students.
Stanford Law School and the The Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF) jointly sponsor a one–year postgraduate fellowship position for a Stanford Law School alumnus/a to work at a nonprofit that provides legal services to underrepresented communities or otherwise serves the public interest.. SPILF is a nonprofit, tax–exempt foundation established in 1978 by Stanford Law School students and alumni to provide funding for public interest law projects serving groups that have traditionally been denied adequate access to legal representation.
Suffolk University Law School
Fenton Awards: The John E. Fenton, Jr. Public Service Awards were created to honor Judge Fenton's 45 year legacy of teaching and leadership at Suffolk University Law School. The award is given annually to students pursuing public interest careers. Awards are given to graduating students contingent upon the recipient obtaining employment with a qualifying public service employer within one year of graduation. A separate application for this award is required during the academic year.
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
The Lynne M Abraham ('65) Award: Established by the Temple Law Alumni/ae Association, this award honors Lynne M. Abraham ('65), a former Court of Common Pleas judge, who was sworn in as the first woman district attorney of Philadelphia in May, 1991. It is awarded to the graduating student with the highest grades in Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility who plans to work in a public service position.
The Beth Cross ('90) Award: Established in memory of Beth Cross ('90), former executive Director of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled, by her husband Mark Flood ('90), this award is given to the graduate who is planning a career in public interest law and who demonstrates Ms Cross's commitment and dedication to providing legal assistance to under served populations.
The Gideon Award: Named for the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright, this award is given to a graduating student who will be working for the Defender Association of Philadelphia and who exhibits overall academic achievement.
The Lena Hale Award: To the graduate(s) chosen by the faculty for outstanding extracurricular contributions.
The Sender and Janina Szwalbenest Memorial Award: Established by Ben J. Szwalbenest ('81) to honor his parents, this award is given to a graduate who immigrated to the United States and rendered outstanding service to the law school and the community.
Greg R Wiegand ('98) Memorial Fund Award: Awarded to the graduating student who has overcome adversity and demonstrated perseverance and excellence while participating in the John S. Bradway Mock Trial Program.
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Public Service Award: Awarded to one graduating student each year, based on a demonstrated commitment to public service.
S. Thomas Chandler Public Service Award: The S. Thomas Chandler Public Service Award was established to assist graduating law students who will be entering public sector or public interest work upon graduation. The idea for an award was initially conceived by the Student Bar Association in 1999, and funded with donations from students, alumni and friends of Thomas Chandler.
University of California Berkeley School of Law
The Berkeley Law Foundation, Berkeley Law's student–run public interest law foundation, sponsors 1–3 post–graduation fellowships each year. For more details, visit: http://blf.boalt.org/
The Berkeley Law Foundation offers the Phoenix Fellowships for diversity and public interest law.
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Ralph Santiago Abascal Fellowship: http://www.uchastings.edu/academics/education/public–interest/index.php
Lawyers for America: Lawyers for America is a nonprofit that enables law schools to connect with legal nonprofits and government agencies to offer two-year fellowships, the first year of which is a full-year 3L externship. The new graduate then returns for another year of work with the same nonprofit or government agency, paid a Fellowship stipend by Lawyers for America, but funded by the work sites which pay approximately half the median fully-allocated cost of a first-year lawyer for the two-year arc of a Fellow. The sites are able to expand the size of their attorney staffs by virtue of the discounted price of Fellows, thus enabling them, within their existing budgets, to provide expanded service to their client populations, in accordance with the access to justice mission of Lawyers for America. At the same time, and furthering the legal education mission of LfA, they are cooperating with law schools to provide a greatly-enhanced clinical experience for the Fellows, who will enter the market a year after graduation with 20 months of legal experience.
University of Chicago Law School
The Law School currently offers Clinical Teaching Fellowships. The Chicago Law Foundation (CLF) is a student–directed, not–for–profit group that awards grants to law students who devote their summers to working in the public interest (see below). In addition, CLF awards bar grants to graduating 3Ls who will be entering the public sector to assist with their expenses connected to the bar exam.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
The University of Denver College of Law has established a post–graduate judicial and public interest fellowship in support of its graduates, Colorado Legal Services, and the state district courts. The Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for graduates to familiarize themselves with the structure and functioning of Colorado Legal Services or the state court system, hone their legal research, analytical, writing, and client counseling skills, develop hands–on experience, and gain an appreciation for public service.
University of Houston Law Center
University of Houston provides short term graduate fellowships for recent alumni to work with public interest employers while awaiting bar results.
University of Iowa College of Law
The recipient must have more than $5,000 in student loan debt, demonstrate the procurement of employment in public interest law, an area which includes but is not limited to legal assistance groups, public defenders offices, special interest and minority group advocates and civil liberties unions. The recipients starting and projected average annual salary derived from the employment described above must have a salary less than 125% of the "standard maintenance allowance (SMA) in their area. Recipients are selected by a committee comprised of a member of the establishing class, faculty and staff.
University of Kansas School of Law
The grant funded Medical–Legal Partnership Post–Graduate Fellowship allows a recent law graduate to further his/her career in health law and public service. The Fellow works with the Law School's Family Health Care Legal Services Clinic and other Medical–Legal Partnership (MLP) sites in Kansas and Missouri representing clients and supervising students.
University of Kentucky College of Law
The College of Law has received grants from the United States Department of Justice for the Rural Drug Prosecution Assistance Project ("RDPAP"). The purpose of the RDPAP is to enhance the ability of the criminal justice system in the rural parts of Kentucky to prosecute, defend, and adjudicate the increased volume of drug and drug–related crimes, by placing UK Law students and graduates as interns and employees with Commonwealth's Attorneys, Public Defenders and Circuit Court judges. Students employed through this program as public defenders would be working for the benefit of indigent defendants.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Some post–graduate fellowships available with the Center for Health and Homeland Security and Clinical Law Program, as well as Dean's Fellow and Library Research Fellows. The Public Service Award is given to several graduating law students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law who, during their law school careers, engaged in service and legal work that significantly advance the public interest
University of Miami School of Law
Miami Law Legal Corps: Legal Corps is a postgraduate fellowship program that provides public interest organizations, government agencies, and the judiciary with bar certified, legal talent. Designed to further Miami Law's strong commitment to public service, Legal Corps affords underfunded and understaffed public sector legal agencies, at no cost, the benefit of diverse and talented recent Miami Law graduates. The program also advances the school's dedication to its graduates. Legal Corps Fellows receive a wealth of benefits, including: far–reaching and varied placements within the government, judicial, and public interest sectors, including numerous participating host organizations with several hundred placements from which Fellows may choose; dynamic opportunities for Fellows to use their legal skills in the public sector, while receiving training and experience by working on important substantive legal issues; monthly fellowship stipends of $2,500 for up to six months; professional development workshops for which Fellows receive up to 20 hours of continuing legal education credits; and career development assistance in furthering the Fellows' career goals.
University of Michigan Law School
Robert B. Fiske Fellowships: The program, founded and funded by alumnus Robert B. Fiske recognizes three graduates annually who decide to enter government service at the federal, state or local level. Fiske Fellows receive debt repayment assistance on all of their educational loans with no salary limit considerations for the three–year duration of each fellowship. In addition, each fellow receives a $5000 first–year cash stipend.
University of Minnesota Law School
Upper Midwest Human Rights Center Fellowship: The Human Rights Center accepts applications for fellowship grants to residents of the Upper Midwest—including students, teachers, lawyers, other professionals, community leaders, activists and others—to undertake practical experience in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote human rights by providing practical training in the varied aspect of human rights work worldwide.
Robina Post–Graduate Fellowships: Multiple post–graduate fellowships are granted to recent graduates for either self–designed or existing unfunded positions in the areas of public policy, legal services, government services, and the courts. In 2009, 22 fellowships were awarded.
VISTA: The U of M Law School provides local legal services organizations with VISTA attorneys selected from their recent graduates. In 2009, three VISTA attorneys were hired from the May graduates.
University of New Hampshire School of Law
The Alison Howland Curelop Hayward Fund: Established and permanently endowed by the Curelop family in memory of a law school graduate who was a public interest lawyer and former directed of the Health, Law and Ethics Institute at the UNH School of Law, The Alison Howland Curelop Hayward Fund acknowledges the financial disparities public interest lawyers face with their career choice. The annual post–graduate award assists one or two new public interest lawyers who demonstrate moral and intellectual commitment to social justice and who will perpetuate commitment to public service.
- Criteria: Recipients shall be employed as public interest/social justice advocates. Preference is given to graduates practicing health care law.
- Award: The total award is through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, or a similar mechanism, and is based on the recommendation of a committee established by the UNH School of Law.
The Fleisher Family Fund: The Fleisher Family Fund, a permanently endowed fund at the UNH School of Law, acknowledges the financial disparities public interest lawyers face with their career choice and provides an annual award to assist one or more new UNH School of Law graduates practicing as public interest lawyers. The Fund provides, annually, a loan repayment assistance award to one or more UNH law graduates.
- Award : The award is given through the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, or a similar mechanism, and is based on the recommendation of a committee to be determined by the UNH School of Law each year.
The Howard James Nedved Commencement Award: This award honors Howard James Nedved's significant contribution to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, including the National and the New Hampshire Chapters. The purpose is to award a graduating student a gift of $1,000 who has (1) participated in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Student Trial Advocacy Competition and the National Trial Competition, and (2) is participating and applying for the Bar Exam in any state. UNH Law Students participating in the Trial Advocacy Competition are eligible for this award.
University of North Carolina School of Law
The UNC Center for Civil Rights selects one legal Fellow each year to serve as an attorney at the Center.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Each year a graduating student receives the Distinguished Public Interest Scholar Award
University of Saint Thomas School of Law (MN)
John R. Roach Fellowship: We look at the applicants' past experiences and commitments for evidence that the applicant has dedicated his/her life to serving the community. NOTE: The number of scholarships varies from year to year (it has been 2 some years and 3 other years) as does the percentage of tuition covered, which has been between 25–50%. The Roach Fellows agree to work for 3 years in qualifying public interest employment. Qualifying employment for the Roach Fellowship is the same as for UST LRAP (which is described elsewhere in the survey). See: http://www.stthomas.edu/law/admissions/financingyoureducation/johnrroachfellowship/
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Irmas Fellowship: The Law School's full–time, one–year public interest fellowship is funded in part by a Law School–created endowment, student fundraising and graduate donations made through the School's Annual Fund. For more information visit http://mylaw2.usc.edu/portal/careers/students/fellowships.cfm.
The Clinton–Orfalea Fellowship Program: A partnership with The Orfalea Family Foundation (ORFALEA), The William J. Clinton Foundation (CLINTON FOUNDATION), and University of Southern California (USC), is a one–year post–graduate fellowship that will enable recent graduates of USC's Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business and the School of Policy, Planning and Development to work for one year with the William J. Clinton Foundation, pursuing the organization's global and domestic initiatives. For more information visit http://mylaw2.usc.edu/portal/careers/students/clinton.cfm.
University of Texas at Austin School of Law
UT Law Faculty Fellowship in Public Interest Law: Provides a $50,000 stipend, for two years, for an outstanding graduating law student to work with a public interest legal organization. The Fellowship was created through contributions from members of the law faculty and the Law School.
George M. Fleming Fellowship: Provides a $50,000 stipend, for two years, for an outstanding graduating law student to work with a public interest legal organization, focusing on health law and advocacy. The Fellowship is supported by a gift from George M. Fleming, '71.
Julius Glickman Fellowship: Provides a $50,000 stipend, for two years, for an outstanding graduating law student to work with a public interest legal organization to provide legal services to underrepresented individuals or groups. The Fellowship is supported by a gift from Julius Glickman, '66.
University of Washington School of Law
The Native American Law Center's Tribal Defense Clinic offers a one–year fellowship each year, renewable for an additional year to a recent graduate with an interest in practicing tribal criminal defense. The fellowship is paid by the Center with additional funds received from tribal partners, primarily the Squaxin Island and Sauk Suiattle Tribes in Washington State.
Villanova University School of Law
Villanova offers two full–time fellowships to provide a platform for individuals to assist in the teaching of our CARES and Farmworker Clinics. For our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, we also offer a part–time fellowship to assist in the delivery of legal services and student supervision. The positions provide opportunities for the fellows to receive training in teaching and support for scholarly activities, and is intended to provide a platform for individuals wishing to enter the clinical teaching community.
Widener University School of Law
Several public interest awards are given to graduating students who demonstrate a commitment to public interest law. These are funded by private donors, including area corporations, law firms, and alumni.
William and Mary School of Law
William & Mary School of Law offers post–graduate public service fellowships to recent graduates for work in non–paying or low–paying positions following graduation. Eligible organizations include civil legal services offices; public defenders; prosecutors; federal, state, and local government agencies; 501(c)(3) organizations; non–U.S. nonprofit organizations with a public service mission; legislative offices; and judges and courts. Political campaign work is not eligible. See http://law.wm.edu/careerservices/currentstudents/postgraduatepublicservicefellowships/index.php for additional information.
Yale University Law School
Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program: Supports recent Yale Law graduates who wish to work closely with high– level leaders in the federal government for one year, either through an existing position or through a "special assistantship." The fellowship allows alumni to explore careers in public service and to bring creative, entrepreneurial ideas to the federal government. Two to three fellowships will be awarded each year for fellows to work in the executive or possibly legislative branch of the United States federal government. Positions that will not be considered include judicial clerkships, entry–level positions, and work for political campaigns.
Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship: Supports one year of full–time work in the U.S. in a law–related endeavor designed to further public interest, generally under the sponsorship of an existing organization or possibly through a start–up project. Open to all graduates of the law school, regardless of graduation year. Funding: $44,000.
Mary A. McCarthy Fellowships in Public Interest Law: Supports public interest law projects, especially in mediation and the rights of immigrants, prisoners, criminal defendants, and women. Work products have ranged from legal briefs and evidence gathered in support of litigation to articles in national journals, informational pamphlets, and videos. Applications must be submitted while you are a student.
Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights: The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights Bernstein Fellows may work anywhere in the world. Applicants are encouraged to create projects with appropriate organizations, but independent projects will also be considered. The fellowship is intended to foster innovative approaches to human rights advocacy or to promote work on important human rights issues that have received relatively little attention.
YLS Public Interest Fellowships: This additional fellowship program supports recent Yale Law School graduates for one year of full–time public interest work, with the possibility in limited circumstances of extended funding for up to an additional year. The proposed plan for the fellowship year must be one of the following: 1) legal project designed by applicant in partnership with a sponsoring organization; 2) existing project with a host organization; 3) staff attorney at a public interest organization; or 4) unpaid foreign or international court clerkship or international prosecution internship. Qualified applicants will be selected on a rolling basis.
San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project Fellowship: The Yale Law School's San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) and Robert M. Cover Fellowship Program offer a post–graduate fellowship for lawyers who are interested in a long–term career in law school clinical teaching or public lawyering. The Fellowship starts during the summer and lasts for one year. Fellowship responsibilities include running the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project at Yale Law School, co–teaching a seminar on local government law with Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken, supervising student work, and working directly with the San Francisco City Attorney's Affirmative Litigation Task Force on related litigation.
Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, Inc.: This student organization funds and supports innovative public interest law projects to protect the legal rights of inadequately represented groups or interests. Proposed projects should be new; they can be designed in conjunction with an organization as long as they are not simply funding requests for the ongoing work of an existing organization.
Travel Reimbursement for Interviews in the Public Interest (TRI PI) – The Law School will now cover reasonable travel expenses, up to $400, for travel to a post–graduate public interest fellowship interview. Students need to speak with the Career Development Office for guidelines.
Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Post–Graduate Public Service Fellows: Students who commit to 10 weeks of part–time uncompensated work, in the first nine months following graduation with a public service employer are eligible to apply for grants of $5,000. Thirty graduates of the 2009 graduating class were named Post–Graduate Public Service Fellows.