There are a variety of public interest fellowships available to law students who are interested in pursuing public interest law at graduation. Typically, fellowships are one- to two-year opportunities designed to give recent law graduates experience in public interest practice. A short-term public interest fellowship provides opportunities to practice law that further the interests of the entire public or advocate on behalf of disenfranchised groups. Students may also secure fellowships while in law school. Loyola offers several fellowships exclusively to Loyola graduates.
Loyola Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowships
The postgraduate internship program offers full-time, short-term employment opportunities to recent Loyola law graduates waiting for results from the Louisiana Bar Examination. Postgraduate interns work for eight weeks, earning $4,200.00. Postgraduate interns will work with local legal services offices. Paid interns gain invaluable legal experience and skills while assisting the indigent in our community.
The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services sponsor a recent Loyola College of Law graduate who works for one year in one of SLLS' six offices, serving the unmet legal needs of the community.
The Incubator Program is an opportunity for Loyola Law School graduates who are engaged (or seek to be engaged) in a full time, social justice oriented solo practice in the Greater New Orleans area. Participants will receive instruction, case referrals, mentorship, peer feedback, and access to a wide variety of resources including office space. With a requirement that at least of 1/4 of time be spent on cases that fall into the “justice gap”, participants will accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line and will receive a $6,000.00 stipend to support the year of pro bono work.
National Public Interest Fellowships
Several foundations and employers offer public interest fellowship opportunities. Students interested in post-graduate fellowships should meet with the Career Development Office in the Spring Semester of the 2L year, at the latest, and plan to work on fellowship applications during the summer following the 2L year of law school. Students should be ready to apply by early fall semester of the third year. Please note that most fellowship applications require significant advance planning and research.
For more information, see:
American Bar Association Fellows Programs: https://www.americanbar.org/diversity-portal/DiversityScholarships.html
ABA Summer Fellowships: Fellowships:https://www.americanbar.org/groups/probono_public_service/resources/dire...
Equal Justice Works: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/
Immigrant Justice Corps: http://justicecorps.org/
Skadden Foundation: https://www.skaddenfellowships.org/
Soros Justice Fellowships: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/soros-justice-fellowships
To learn more about the numerous types of fellowships available and how to prepare a fellowship application, please contact the Career Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (504) 861- 5562.