Post-Graduate Fellowships

We have provided some information to get you started on finding a post-graduate fellowship here but for more detailed information, see the Law School Guide to Post-Graduate Fellowships (PDF) prepared by the Yale Law School Career Development Office.  There is also a hard copy of this guide in the CPD office as well.

The deadlines for many post-graduate fellowships are in the fall, some as early as September.  So, if you want to obtain a fellowship for your first job after law school, start doing your research during your 2L year.  It is also quite common for students to obtain a fellowship after they have been practicing law for a year or two.  Be sure to check out the Fellowship Timeline for more details.

How do I find a fellowship that fits my career interests or goals?

CPD highlights fellowships in the bi-weekly Public Interest Press.  Such fellowships will occasionally be posted on Symplicity, and you can also find them on the websites of your favorite public interest organizations.  The most comprehensive list of post-graduate organization based fellowships are posted on www.pslawnet.org.  You can find a list of the fellowships arranged by deadline under fellowship corner and fellowship calendar. You can also find them by logging in and searching fellowship-legal. Here is an overview and some examples of the types of fellowships to get you started:

Project based fellowships are fellowships in which fellows design their own project or they work with an organization for which they wish to work to design a project.  Some funding sources for project based fellowships include:

Organization based fellowships are fellowships where the organization has an ongoing relationship with a foundation to fund a fellow position every year or every 2 years.  Here are some examples:

Firm sponsored fellowships are exactly what they sound like.  Law firms, primarily on the east coast, hire fellows for 1-2 year positions to work on pro bono matters at private firms or in general litigation at public interest law firms. Private firms generally advertise such pro bono positions on their websites. Some examples of fellowships at public interest law firms include:

  • The Relman Civil Rights Fellowship
  • The Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger Fellowship in environmental law & land use
  • Again, for more information about these and other firm sponsored fellowships, please visit www.pslawnet.org.