The Weil Legal Innovators Program (WLI) engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a WLI partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, executing a strategic initiative designed to leverage their business acumen and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions.
Applications for the 2021-2022 WLI Program are currently open and will close on March 19, 2021.
Applicants will be able to identify their first and second choice Innovator opportunity at the following 15 leading national and international nonprofit organizations based across the United States:
Remote work: Note that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our nonprofit partners are currently operating in a remote environment and will likely continue operating remotely by the commencement of the Innovator’s working year (July 2021). Should you be selected to move forward in the WLI interview process, we will work with you and our nonprofit partners to clarify expectations around where work will take place.
All students who have been accepted to and intend to attend one of the eight WLI law school partners are eligible to apply to the program:
Eligibility is open to students with prior professional experience, as well as students applying directly to law school from an undergraduate institution. The WLI Steering Committee aims to identify a class of innovators for the WLI program that is diverse in many regards including demographic background, educational background, work experience, geographic representation, and diversity in thought.
The Weil Legal Innovators Program (WLI) engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a WLI…