Columbia Law School Postgraduate Public Interest & Government Fellowship 2018


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

04/04/2018

Application Deadline:

05/30/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Columbia Law School (CLS) is pleased to offer Postgraduate Public Interest and Government Fellowships (“Fellowships”) for 2018 law school graduates interested in beginning their careers in public interest law or government service. The fellowships serve two important purposes. First, they allow graduates to gain the experience, skills and professional networks they need to obtain permanent paid positions in their fields. Second, they enable public interest organizations and government agencies confronting great demand and diminished resources to benefit from the services of talented young lawyers.

To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must first obtain a written commitment by a “qualified sponsor” to provide meaningful legal work and supervision. A “qualified sponsor” is a public interest organization or government agency (federal, state, local, multinational, or international) that commits, contingent upon the applicant’s receipt of a CLS Fellowship, to:

  • Provide the applicant with a position for a one-year fellowship period that will require the use of his or her legal education
  • Provide appropriate training and supervision during the fellowship period
  • Consider the fellow for an appropriate permanent full-time paid position if applicable funding becomes available


Columbia Law School faculty members and Columbia Law School Centers are not qualifying sponsors.

The Fellowships pay a stipend of $40,000 for one year of full-time work. Fellows must commit to full-time work at their sponsoring organization (at least 35 hours per week) for twelve consecutive months.

Fellows are not considered employees of Columbia Law School. Columbia Law School cannot pay for health insurance or other benefits. In some cases, fellows are able to arrange to receive benefits through their sponsors.


ELIGIBILITY

In addition to the aforementioned, CLS Public Interest and Government Postgraduate Fellowships are available to members of the Class of 2018 who:

  • Have or will have completed the requirements for their law school degree (and all joint degrees, if any) from an ABA-accredited law school in the United States by May 30, 2018
  • Are unemployed and do not have a fellowship, stipend, or other source of funding to work in 2018-2019
  • Intend to take the July 2018 bar examination or took the February 2018 exam


Please note that priority for the Fellowship will be given to applicants who:


  • Demonstrate a substantial commitment to pursuing a career in public interest law or government service
  • Demonstrate preparation for a career in public interest law or government service
  • Will endeavor to obtain employment in the public interest or government sector before or immediately following the Fellowship’s conclusion


FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS


1. APPLY TO SPONSORS

Apply directly to nonprofit organizations or government agencies of interest with a resume, cover letter, and additional materials as appropriate.


2. SUBMIT A FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION BY May 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

It is important to comply with the requirements for applications set forth on the application form, which is attached to this notice. All parts of the application must be submitted at once with the exception of the recommendation letter, which may be submitted separately at the option of the recommender. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Fellowship applications must be received by May 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be informed of decisions in June 2018.


DELIVERY METHOD

Applications must be emailed to socialjustice@law.columbia.edu using the subject line "CLS Fellowship Application" followed by your last name and first name. You will receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 business hours. The application must consist of a single pdf.


Applications may NOT be submitted by fax, mail, or in person.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

socialjustice@law.columbia.edu

http://law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/social-justice/files/cls_public_interest_and_government_fellowship_notice_and_application_2018_for_posting.pdf

Applications must be emailed to socialjustice@law.columbia.edu using the subject line "CLS Fellowship Application" followed by your last name and first name. You will receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 business hours. The application must consist of a single .pdf.


Applications may NOT be submitted by fax, mail, or in person.


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