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July 25, 2007

Legal Fellowships for Graduates

Of particular interest to rising 3Ls but also to Professors advising promising students:

This spring I dealt with a number of students who came up to me with career questions about working on poverty related issues in the final month before they graduated.  While some had luck, many were frustrated, and I was frustrated--had they thought about this earlier, they could have applied for a number of fellowships and had a better chance of getting in the door of the non-profit law organizations they were interested in. 

Most fellowships require a substantial lead time, and often careful communication with the placing organization, and many have a lengthy process, but that being said, they offer the chance for students to figure out what they really want to do and to begin thinking about what is really important.  But timing is really important (another reason it is worth spreading awareness of fellowships is to counter the idea that all that is available is firm work). 

A brief overview of fellowships and the process, with some of the biggest fellowships individually identified, is available here.  As I tell my students, each one should be an expert in their own job hunt, thus while professors and careers services/public interest offices can be helpful, they should find all the fellowships that could possibly cover what they want to do.  Another resource that is very helpful and that all students should seek out of their school's career service office is Harvard's Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide, see Fellowships, Chapter 9. 

But the key thing is to go into your 3L Fall already having begun, not waiting until Spring to start thinking about what you actually want to do with your law degree.

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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Your students might also find helpful our guides:

Fellowship Opportunities in Law, http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/fellows.html

Grant Resources for Law Students, http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/grants.html

-- Mary

Posted by: Mary Whisner | Sep 2, 2007 7:03:00 PM

Your students might also find helpful our guides:

Fellowship Opportunities in Law

Grant Resources for Law Students

Posted by: Mary Whisner | Sep 2, 2007 7:07:11 PM

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