Post Graduate Fellowships Public Interest Law Career Services What is a Post-Grad Fellowship? Many types including: Project Based Firm Sponsored Organization Based Government Sponsored Teaching/Research Oriented Fellowship Term Typically, fellowships are term-limited (one to two years) designed to give a recent law graduate or junior attorney experience in public interest practice. Project Based Fellowships Funded by a third-party organization, allowing the fellow to work – usually on a specific project – with a host organization. Example: A graduating law student may want to open a legal clinic for low-income, single mothers facing evictions. The legal services organization may want to host the student to run this project, but not have the necessary resources. With the legal service organization’s cooperation, the law student would apply to a fellowship to fund this project. Project based fellowships include: Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation. Organization Based Fellowship Typically, funded by the organization where the fellow will be working. Though some organizations receive outside funding to fund the fellow’s work. If the organization employing the fellow is funding the fellowship, it’s seen as a “normal" job where the employer is paying the employee's salary, benefits, etc. Example: The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco offers the Thurgood Marshall fellowship, which funds a fellow to work for one-year with the organization on particular issues. Benefits of a Fellowship Utilize legal skills to effect positive change. Receive top-rate training and supervision. A point of entry to continued employment. An impressive accomplishment due to competitive nature of fellowships. Sources for Fellowships SCU Law Jobs PILCS Website PSLAWNET.ORG Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising Yale Law School Guide to Postgraduate Fellowships Postgraduate International Fellowships Guide – Columbia University Application Process Many of the applications are due in the late summer, early fall for the following year. Start early and know the deadlines. Consult with your law school public interest career counselor (even if you have already graduated) and, if possible, alumni of the fellowship programs you are interested in. Read the application carefully and provide the information requested. Consult with individuals who have prepared and reviewed applications in the past for tips, help with organization, and to edit your application. Make your application well-organized and have someone else review it for mistakes, typos, etc., before you send it in. Application Process-Project Based Build a strong, trusting relationship with your would-be host organization before the fellowship application process. It reflects very strongly if you have worked with the would-be host. BUT this is NOT necessary to apply. Search PSLawNet for opportunities to connect with would- be host organizations. Enter "Fellowship-Sponsor" in the Job Type field. Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines September 2009 9/1/09: 2009-10 Abe Fellowship Program - Social Science Research Council 9/1/09: 2010-12 Fellowship Sponsor - Housing and Economic Rights Advocates 9/1/09: 2010-11 Fellowship Sponsor - Children's Rights, Inc. (CRI) 9/1/09: 2010-12 Fellowship in Law Librarianship - University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law 9/8/09: 2009-10 Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace Senior Fellowship - United States Institute of Peace 9/17/09: 2010-12 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Grants - Equal Justice Works (EJW) 9/18/09: Attorney General's Office Fellowship Program - Massachusetts Attorney General's Office 9/18/09: 2010-12 Fellowship Sponsor - National Center for Law and Economic Justice 9/25/09: 2010-11 Finberg Fellowship In International Human Rights - Human Rights Watch (HRW - NY) 9/30/09: 2010-11 Public Interest Law Fellowship Grant - Independence Foundation 9/30/09: 2010 -13 Postdoctoral Fellowships - Michigan Society of Fellows 9/30/09: Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program - Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines October 2009 10/1/09: 2010 Honors Attorney Fellowship - U.S. Environment Protection Agency (Region IX - CA) 10/1/09: 2010-11 Berlin Prize Fellowship - American Academy in Berlin 10/1/09: 2010-11 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship - Harvard University - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 10/1/09: 2010-11 Fellowship - Woodrow Wilson International center for Scholars 10/5/09: 2010-12 Zubrow Fellowship in Children's Law - Juvenile Law Center 10/5/09: 2010-12 Skadden Fellowship Grants - Skadden Fellowship Foundation 10/10/09: 2010-11 Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellowship - Public Justice Center 10/10/09: 2010-12 Honors Attorney Fellowship - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( Region I - MA (New England)) 10/14/09: 2010-12 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship - Open Society Institute (OSI) 10/15/09: 2010 Law Fellows - California Rural Legal Assistance 10/15/09: 2010-12 Presidential Management Fellowship Program - Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines October 2009 Cont. 10/15/09: Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship - The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program 10/15/09: 2010-11 Bristow Fellowship - U.S. Department of Justice - Office of the Solicitor General 10/15/09: Fall 2009/Spring/Summer 2010 Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship - Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship 10/16/09: 2010-11 Fellowship Grant - Reprieve 10/16/09: 2010 BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship - Business & Professional People for Public Interest (BPI) 10/19/09: 2010-11 Fulbright Grants for Graduate Study Abroad - Institute of International Education (IIE) 10/20/09: 2010-12 Charles Koob Environmental Litigation Fellowship - Natural Resources Defense Council 10/26/09: Ruth Chance Fellowship - Equal Rights Advocates 10/31/09: 2010-11 German Chancellor Scholarship - Alexander von Humboldt -- U.S. Liaison Office How PILCS Can Help Come by during office hours to review your resume, application or just talk about next steps. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attend the Public Interest Career & Information Fair: Oct. 1st 11:30-1:30 in Mission Room in Benson Center. Prepare early for Public Interest/ Public Sector Day: Feb. 6, 2010.
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