Types of Fellowships

There are several types of fellowships:

  • Project-Based and Entrepreneurial Fellowships
  • Organizational Fellowships
  • Teaching Fellowships
  • International Fellowships
  • Firm-Sponsored Public Interest/Pro Bono Fellowships

Project-based and entrepreneurial fellowships help fund projects that service unmet legal needs.  Usually applicants must propose their own projects, usually in conjunction with an existing organization, but in some cases candidates may apply for support to start a new organization.

Organizational fellowships are defined positions within existing organizations, usually for a period of one to two years.  Applicants do not need to develop their own project.  Students or graduates apply to these fellowships in a similar manner as applying for a typical job.  An organization usually offers one or maybe a few fellowships each year, but there are hundreds of organizational fellowships available.

Teaching fellowships are designed to offer the graduate the ability to learn how to teach law in a clinical setting, or work on legal research projects.  Strong academics are a must and most require relevant experience post-law school.  Current bar membership may also be a requirement.

There are a variety of post-graduate fellowships that allow recipients to work on international issues in the U.S. and abroad.  Some of these 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.

Firm fellowships are defined positions within a law firm or a split time position, whereby the fellow spends a portion of her time in the firm and a portion working at a designated non-profit agency.

Fellowship Application Information

If you're interested in applying for a post-graduate fellowship, please go to: Fellowship Application Information for specific information. Additionally, the most comprehensive list of postgraduate legal fellowships can be found on PsLawNet, the online resource for public service careers, at www.pslawnet.org by clicking on the "Postgraduate Fellowships" link. Concurrently, be sure to make an appointment with Christina Jackson, Assistant Director, Public Interest Specialist, to develop application strategies and review application materials. To schedule an appointment with Christina Jackson, contact the OCPD Front Desk at 202-274-4090, or stop by Suite 122.

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