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Finding a Job: Fellowships

Fellowships

ProFellow and PSJD’s Postgraduate Fellowships Center are two different databases containing listings of funded fellowship programs.  To access either, you must first register for a (free) account.
Below are just a few of the fellowships law graduates might be interested in. 

  • Skadden Fellowship Foundation, https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/
  • Georgetown’s Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program,
    • The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women's rights throughout their careers. Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women's issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP. The program offers both one-year and two-year fellowship opportunities. Both men and women can apply. Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $41,000.
  • ABA’s Center for Innovation Fellows Program
    • The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation encourages and accelerates innovations that improve the affordability, effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of legal services. Recent law school graduates (within the last 5 years) will spend one year in-residence at the ABA headquarters in Chicago, IL. These fellows will receive a stipend of $45,000, along with benefits, during their time in the program.
  • Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program
    • The Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) is a policy-focused fellowship designed to create entry points into the reproductive health, rights, and justice fields and to enhance legal and advocacy capacity at organizations working to advance reproductive justice for all people. RJ Fellows gain hands-on policy advocacy experience and work on cutting edge reproductive health, rights, justice issues, particularly as they affect people of color and other marginalized communities. The fellowship is for 1 year and available to recent law school graduates; a stipend one $51,000 and other benefits are provided.
  • Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship
    • The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Steel Fellowship is the first fellowship of its kind anywhere in the country. In typical years, the annual Fellowship is a $30,000 award for an individual to complete full-time work for twelve (12) months. Pride Law Fund seeks to fund "cutting edge" projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school.
  • Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships
    • Independence Foundation is committed to supporting free legal services for residents of the Philadelphia region. Through the Fellowship Program, the Foundation funds the compensation and employment benefits for accomplished young lawyers who have decided to direct their considerable talents to public interest service. The Foundation requires that the focus of all Fellowship work be on direct representation of disadvantaged clients. The Foundation also assists the Fellows in repayment of their often substantial educational loans.
  • Public Rights Project Fellowship
    • Two year
    • The Public Rights Project Fellowship aims to catalyze local and state agencies’ efforts to expand affirmative litigation, community engagement, and innovative strategies to enforce their residents’ legal rights. The other primary goal is to establish a pipeline to develop experienced, diverse, talented leaders in state and local government. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on a range of civil rights, economic justice, and environmental justice issues that directly impact vulnerable populations. The 2-year fellowship provides fellows with a stipend of $60-80K/year, depending on the placement city, and health benefits are provided.