Post-graduate Fellowships are programs intended to fund work or study for a specific purpose, usually for a set period of time. Often a gateway to public interest work, particularly with large national organization, fellowships provide opportunities to:
- Use your legal skills to effect positive change
- Engage in and explore public service work
- Learn from established legal professionals
- Expand your social justice network
- Gain experience and strengthen future job applications by adding an impressive credential to your resume
- Organization-Based: Many nonprofits administer their own fellowships, such as ACLU and Human Rights Watch.
- Project-Based: Some programs fund fellowships for applicants who develop a specific project in conjunction with a sponsoring nonprofit organization. The fellowship is awarded for work on a specific project, but often the recipient determines where the work is done.
Note: the project-based fellowship process starts early! You must find a host organization to partner with and then submit a project proposal up to a year before your start date. Equal Justice Works' application for 2020 is due September 20, 2019.
- Firm-Sponsored: some law firms compensate fellows for a period of time to engage in public interest work, which can sometimes lead to a job offer.
- Entrepreneurial Grants: support a public interest project developed without the support of an established organization.
- Fellowship application deadlines run throughout the calendar year
- Start early! Some organizations, particularly organizations that sponsor project-based fellowships, solicit resumes and interview potential candidates as early as the spring of your 2L year.