Public Service Fellowships

Law fellowships are attorney positions with public interest or public service organizations. Like judicial clerkships, fellowships are temporary positions that last for one and sometimes two years. Unlike graduate study or teaching fellowships in other disciplines, law fellowships are generally staff attorney positions. Fellows work full-time in an area of law or on a particular project that is of interest to the employing agency.

Benefits

Fellowships offer many benefits to law graduates, who want a career in the public sector, including:

  • Entrance into an organization that normally hires experienced attorneys.
  • The opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of the law.
  • The ability to create a new area of practice or expand the scope of the employer’s existing caseload.
  • The chance to establish useful contacts for finding a post-fellowship position.

Finding Fellowships

The Office of Career Services lists fellowship opportunities in Symplicity.

NALP has an excellent website, pslawnet, which has a tremendous amount of information on fellowships and lists them by application deadlines.  Application deadlines for fellowships occur from June through May. Students and alumni can register for PSLawNet by clicking on the red “Sign Up Now” box on the website http://www.pslawnet.org. Select “student/alum” and Western New England University from the drop down menus.