Fellowships are short-term (most are one or two years) post-graduate opportunities to work in a specific field of interest. Many have formalized training programs, loan forgiveness programs, housing and/or travel stipends and numerous other opportunities for networking within the field of interest.
Legal fellowships constitute a significant share of the entry-level public interest job market. There are numerous benefits to being a legal fellow, including top-rate training and supervision, working in fields with organizations that usually only hire more experienced attorneys, a point of entry for continued employment, and employment contacts for post-fellowship job opportunities.
Additionally, there are several types of fellowships. Project-based fellowships occur when an individual develops a project with a sponsoring organization and the individual applies to a second organization (for example, Equal Justice Works or the Skadden Fellowship Foundation) for funding. Organization fellowships occur when the candidate applies directly to the organization who has posted the fellowship opportunity (essentially, these are short-term positions at the organization). These are the two most common types of fellowships. In addition, there are academic, law firm, international, entrepreneurial and government fellowships. For more information on the application process for fellowships, please review the OCPD handout Fellowship Opportunities.
If you are interested in pursuing a fellowship, have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Jen Tschirch, Pro Bono coordinator, at (202) 319-5132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.