The University of Miami School of Law Legal Corps, an award-winning, postgraduate fellowship program, places recent law graduates in public sector organizations. Economic conditions have decreased funding for public sector agencies while the demand for legal services has dramatically increased. In response, Legal Corps seeks to help fill the gaps at understaffed public agencies by providing them with prepared, skilled, and diverse attorneys.
1. Who Can Apply for a Legal Corps Fellowship?
The application process is extremely competitive for the limited number of postgraduate fellowships available.
As a nationally recognized program, the application process is extremely competitive for the limited number of postgraduate fellowships available.
Miami Law J.D. candidates must submit an application for a fellowship by the deadline set forth in the applicable Legal Corps Handbook and Application distributed to the candidates' graduating class. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please note that LL.M. students and visiting students are not eligible for fellowships.
2. How Do Applicants Apply for a Legal Corps Fellowship?
Applicants from the current graduating class interested in applying to Legal Corps must review and follow the instructions contained in the Legal Corps Handbook and Application, available by clicking here.
As a prerequisite to applying, applicants must:
Following application submissions, Legal Corps will contact applicants to schedule interviews with a panel of law school faculty, administrators, and community leaders. A select number of finalists will be chosen to move forward in the application process based on the strength of their application, interview, and available funding.
3. What Placement Opportunities are Available to Legal Corps Fellows?
Applicants will be considered for a select number of placement opportunities at public interest organizations, judicial chambers, and government agencies. Legal Corps will disseminate placement information to applicants as such information becomes available.
4. What is the Duration of the Legal Corps Fellowship?
The duration of the Legal Corps fellowship will vary depending upon the type of Fellowship awarded.
5. What are the Conditions of Fellowship offers?
The Fellowship offer is conditioned upon the applicant's:
In the event that an applicant fails the bar examination after the first attempt, is not admitted to a state bar or cannot secure an acceptable placement, Miami Law will revoke the applicant's fellowship offer.
Legal Corps reserves the right to make the final determination concerning the applicant's acceptance into Legal Corps and Fellowship commencement date.
All Legal Corps Fellowships are subject to final approval by Miami Law.
Fellowship offers are contingent upon funding availability.
6. What Benefits are Available to Legal Corps Fellows?
Legal Corps Fellows receive:
7. Does the Legal Corps Fellowship Offer Health, Retirement or Other Similar Benefits?
Legal Corps Fellowships do not offer health, retirement, or other benefits. For health insurance options, graduates should consider the following:
8. What are the Requirements of the Legal Corps Fellowship?
9. Who Can Register as a Legal Corps Host Organization?
Government agencies, judicial chambers, and 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations may contact Legal Corps for more information on how to register as a host organization. Click here for more information on becoming a Legal Corps Host Organization.
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