post-graduate public interest fellowships
Post-graduate fellowships are an excellent opportunity to begin a career in public interest and to develop your expertise as a new attorney. Post-graduate fellowships are positions with time-limited funding. Generally, a fellowship will be either:
(1) offered by a non-profit agency to fill a specific need, often for a project funded by a grant from a charitable foundation to the agency, or
(2) created by a grant made by a foundation in response to an application from you in order to fund a project that you yourself have designed.
The Equal Justice Works Fellowships are two-year fellowships which provide a salary and loan repayment assistance to lawyers who advocate on behalf of individuals, groups, or interests that are not adequately represented by the civil legal system. The Fellowship accepts applications from experienced as well as recent law school graduates. Their primary interest is to "launch public interest careers." The individual applies along with a proposed non-profit host organization. Depending on funding, Equal Justice Works is able to provide 40-50 two-year fellowships annually.
The fellow's salary is set by the host organization at a level comparable with that of an entry-level attorney. Equal Justice Works will contribute up to $39,000 toward that salary, with the sponsoring agency responsible for the costs of standard fringe benefits.
Equal Justice Works Fellowships were awarded to BC Law alumni in: 2014 (2), 2013, 2011 (3), 2010 (2), 2008, 2006 (2), 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 (2), 1999, 1998, 1993.
The Skadden Fellowship is funded by a charitable foundation of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The Program awards approximately twenty-five fellowships to graduating law students and outgoing judicial law clerks. The duration of a Skadden Fellowship is one year, with an option for a second year. Each Skadden Fellow's salary is $46,000. The program also pays all fringe benefits as well as all debt service on law school loans for the duration of the Fellowship.
Applicants must secure a potential positions with a sponsoring public interest organization before applying for the Fellowship. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization which provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled, or those deprived of their civil or human rights. Skadden does not fund fellowships in the area of immigration, environmental, or criminal law.
Skadden Fellowships were awarded to BC Law alumni in: 2011, 1999, 1993.
The Soros Justice Fellowships "support outstanding individuals working in law, organizing, public health, public policy, and other disciplines to initiate innovative projects that will have a measurable impact on issues underlying the U.S. Justice System." The program seeks to identify and nurture new voices and agents-for-change at either the local or national level. Fellowships are two years in duration and support projects designed by the individual to be implemented in conjunction with large or small non-for-profit organizations or government agencies. Fellows are expected to work full-time during the fellowship.
Applicants must have substantive first-hand knowledge of and/or up to three years' experience with the issues and communities with which they propose to work. Applicants may not currently be employed by their proposed host organization and must demonstrate that the project does not duplicate the host organization's existing efforts.
Soros Justice Fellowships were awarded to BC Law alumni in: 2001, 1998.