First Year Fellows Program

  • Year-long program for 1L students
  • Build skills that will help you become a leader and launch a career in public interest and social justice work.
  • Terrific way to connect with other students and attorneys who share common interests and career goals.
  • Includes monthly workshops and opportunities for networking and mentoring with attorneys and community leaders


Attend monthly workshops scheduled around your 1L class schedule. Topics may include:

  • Public Interest Careers
  • Current Climate for Low-Income Families in Washington
  • Day in the Life of a Public Interest Attorney
  • Cultural Competency/Working with Clients in Poverty
  • Client Interviewing
  • Professional Responsibility for Law Student Interns
  • Courthouse Visit
  • Poverty Simulation
  • Finding, Applying for, and Interviewing for Public Interest Positions
  • Networking Opportunities with Public Interest Attorneys

Application procedure

Write and submit a one-page personal statement that answers the following:

  1. What in your personal and professional background has motivated you to explore a career in public interest?
  2. What motivated your decision to come to law school?
  3. What do you hope to gain from becoming an ATJI First Year Fellow?
  4. What activities and experiences do you most hope to participate in during law school?

Contact us

Access to Justice Institute
901 12th Avenue
Sullivan Hall Suite 313
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: 206-398-4173
Fax: 206-398-4077

Meet the ATJI Team