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

1L students interested in becoming an ATJI First Year Fellow must provide a one-page personal statement answering the following:

  1. What in your personal and professional background has motivated you to explore a career in public interest?
  2. How will you use your skills/experience to promote social justice and public interest during law school?

Applications must be submitted by email NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2023 to Lily Su at ATJI,

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