Fellowships 101. A review of different types of fellowships and the resources on how to find them. Fellowships at W&L Law. Fellowship Advisory Group Members: Prof. George Bent Prof. Johanna Bond Prof. Joan Shaughnessy Lorri Olan Monday, October 4, 2010 .
A review of different types of fellowships and the resources on how to find them
Fellowship Advisory Group
Members: Prof. George Bent
Prof. Johanna Bond
Prof. Joan Shaughnessy
Monday, October 4, 2010
Entry level public interest job – often very hard to get
Financially assist law graduates interested in public interest or pro bono
Focus on underrepresented populations and/or specific issues in certain communities
Develop fellow’s professional skills and leadership in a particular legal specialty
Lasts a few months to 1-2 years
Significant responsibility, quickly
Health benefits, housing allowance, loan repayment assistance
Training programs and alumni networks
Project-Based and Entrepreneurial Fellowships
Firm-Sponsored Public Interest/Pro Bono Fellowships
Defined positions within existing organizations
Usually for one to two years
Application is similar to applying for a typical job
An organization may offer one or more fellowships each year, but there are hundreds of organizational fellowships available
Apply directly to organization
Non-profit administers its own fellows
No expectation that graduate will stay
Rarely does an application require more than a resume, cover letter and references
No need to develop an independent project
The Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (http://www.wlppfp.org/) – Gtown
Funds projects that serve unmet legal needs
Applicant designs project in conjunction with existing organization or seeks funding to support new organization
Similar to applying for a Foundation Grant
Program provides financial and technical support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects
Skadden (www.skaddenfellowships.org) funded by the firm to support its commitment to public interest work – AKA “legal peace corps” – groom new lawyers – “apprenticeship”
Equal Justice Works (www.equaljusticeworks.org) EJW organizes, trains and supports public service-minded law students – summer and post-grad.
Echoing Green (www.echoinggreen.org)
Soros Justice/Advocacy Fellowships (www.soros.org)
New Voices (http://newvoices.aed.org/home.html)
Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity (http://www.ifeeo.org/)
Offers graduate the ability to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting, or work on legal research projects.
Some require post-law school experience and/or Current Bar membership
Strong academic record required
Environmental Law Institute (www.eli.org)
Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law - Seton Hall Application deadline is February for following fall. Prefer candidates with clerkship or PI experience.
Georgetown University Law Center Graduate Fellowship Program for Future Law Professors
Institute for Public Representation - Environmental Fellowship in DC
Robert M. Cover Fellowship – 2 year position; need 5 + yrs. experience; placement in clinic with time for research and writing.
Allows recipients to work on international issues in the U.S. and abroad.
Some are not legal fellowships per se but are good opportunities to work on legally-related issues through nongovernmental organizations, universities, and, in some cases, U.S. government agencies.
Defined positions w/in a law firm or a split time position
Fellow spends a portion of her time in the firm and a portion working at a designated non-profit agency.
Law firm places fellow with a public interest organization
Law Firm hires fellow to work exclusively on public interest matters at firm
Public interest law firm hires fellow
Resources: NALP Directory of Legal Employers and Harvard’s guide to public interest law firms
Type 1 – Placement with organization
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen
Type 2 – Placement at firm to work pro bono
Covington & Burling, DC
The Bernabei Law Firm, PLLC – DC
Hunton & Williams Pro Bono Fellowship – Richmond and Atlanta
Type 3 – Placement with public interest law firm
Thomas Emerson Fellowship at David Rosen & Assocs – New Haven, CT
Start your research early, particularly for project based fellowships.
Make sure the organizations or fellowships you select match with your project proposal - Review projects of current fellows to get a sense of what the funding organization likes to support
Qualifications: sponsoring firms usually looking for associate hiring criteria, organizations looking for commitment to mission/experience
Deadlines– usually early Fall of third year.
Application requirements: resume, transcript, personal statement and recommendations – get them done early. Opportunity to tackle a large portion of the application early and in a timely fashion.
Host Organization– communicate early and often
In the fellowship corner database, click on “Search Opportunities.” Under “Job Type,” PSLawNet includes four searchable fellowship categories:
• Fellowship-Law Related is for legal issues not necessarily involving direct client service.
• Fellowship-Legal is for advocacy or direct legal services.
• Fellowship-Nonlegalis for issues not strictly “legal,” such as public health or international relations, but for which a law degree can be helpful.
• Fellowship-Sponsor is for organizations seeking candidates for project-based fellowships.
You can fulfill your Dreams:
OCP’s Public Interest Website
The Public Interest Law Initiative, www.pili.org
The ABA, www.abanet.org
California Legal Advocates, www.calegaladvocates.org/employment.cfm
Serving the Public – two volume set (domestic and int’l fellowships)
ASIL – American Society of International Law Fellowships
Requirements and deadlines change
ALWAYS check website for most up to date information!!!