Fellowships and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within the field of law, and especially to new attorneys whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. They promote new ideas and provide opportunities for young lawyers to work in the public interest while offering support both financially and substantively. There are many different organizations and agencies that offer fellowships and Miami Law offers students comprehensive support when applying for these prestigious opportunities.
In recent years, several Miami Law graduates have received post-graduate fellowships to create their own public interest projects. Among the most prestigious of these fellowships are the echoing green, Equal Justice Works, and the Skadden Arps fellowship programs. Each of these fellowships enables students to identify an area where legal needs are not being met and develop innovative ways to service these communities. Fellow recipients have worked on a myriad of issues including youth law, immigration, and the rights of persons afflicted with Aids/HIV. We are proud that our fellows tend to remain dedicated to the public interest law arena, and have been able to enhance their projects by identifying further sources of support, and/or by becoming affiliated with other public interest agencies and teaming together to make a difference.
There are many types of fellowships dealing with specialized areas of the law. Most applications are due early in the fall semester of the third year of law school. The Career Development Office works very closely with fellowship applicants, assisting them in writing their proposals and preparing for interviews. If you are interested in applying for a post graduate fellowship, please see Randee Breiter in the CDO. The following are a few of the many opportunities available. Continue to check with the fellowship corner of PSLawNet, and the CDO office as new fellowships are posted all the time.
(Deadline: early December)
echoing green provides seed money and technical support to individuals who develop a plan or project, which will impact specific community needs. The organization strives to fund innovative risk takers in the early stage of their careers, when most funders are unwilling to provide assistance.
Equal Justice Works Fully Funded Fellowship
The applicant proposes a project involving legal advocacy on behalf of individuals, groups or issues that are not adequately represented by some aspect of the legal system. Fellowships last for 2 years and approximately 25 fellows are selected annually.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Fellowships
(Deadline: early November)
The law firm of Fried, Frank et. al. co-sponsors two fellowships annually, one with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and one with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Fellows spend two years as a Fried Frank associate and then two years at LDF or MALDEF.
The New Voices Fellowship program is a capacity-building and leadership development grant that assists non-profit organizations and individuals entering the field of human rights and international cooperation.
Pro Bono Legal Corp (PBLC)
Created by President Clinton, Americorp members provide national service by working in Public Interest areas such as: Domestic Violence, Poverty, Homelessness, and Housing. PBLC members receive small living stipends, health insurance, and training expenses. Once a member serves for the required time, usually one year, a $4,725 educational award is made, which must be used for further education or repayment of student loans. There are Americorp positions throughout the country.
(Deadline: early October)
Sponsored by the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, this program provides funding for civil legal services to the poor, elderly, disabled, and those deprived of their civil or human rights. Students propose projects to provide services within established organizations. Skadden selects 25 fellows annually.
The Wellstone Fellowship
The Wellstone Fellow will be engaged in Families USA's outreach to, and mobilization of, communities of color. The fellowship is designed to give an individual both a national and a local perspective on social justice work. The Fellow will work in the Families USA office in Washington DC and will learn about Medicare, Medicaid, efforts to achieve universal coverage and other health policy issues.
Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship
(Deadline: Early November)
Since 1983, the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) has enabled law graduates with a special interest in women's rights to work in the nation's capital with a variety of organizations involved in legal and policy issues affecting women. Those selected for participation are placed with different organizations such as women's rights groups, civil rights groups, Congressional offices, governmental agencies, and Georgetown University Law Center clinics working on women's issues. Since 1993 the Fellowship Program has also administered a program for women's rights attorneys from Africa (Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program, or "LAWA"). The LAWA Fellows participate in all program activities, and both U.S. and LAWA Fellows benefit greatly from this diversity and interaction.