Current Postgraduate Fellowships
Fellowships Available Exclusively to Columbia Law School Graduates Include:
- Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment Short-Term Fellowship on Legal Support Gaps (2018)
This fellowship supports a 2018 LL.M. graduate to work with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment for 12 weeks to conduct research and undertake activities focused on addressing legal support gaps in the context of land investments. Applications are due March 25, 2018. Click here for the 2018 Fellowship notice and further information.
- Columbia Law School Global Public Service Fellowship (2018)
This twelve-month fellowship, available to graduating J.D. and LL.M. students and to alumni who completed their degree within the past two years, supports work with a public service organization, intergovernmental agency, national supreme court, or international court sponsor abroad. Preference is given to organizations based in the Pan-Asia region who are engaged in issues of international law and global consequence. Applications are due by 3:00 pm on March 9, 2018. Click here for the notice and application.
- Excelsior Service Fellowship Program (2018)
This two-year fellowship supports J.D. graduates to work in New York State government alongside senior members of the administration. As a participant in this program, Columbia Law School is granted a predetermined number of fellowships for members of its 2018 J.D. class. Fellows play a policy-influencing role, with the opportunity to focus on the most pressing issues of the day. To apply, students must meet with Rachel Pauley, Director of Government Programs, Social Justice Initiatives before February 12, 2018 and submit an application by 3:00 pm on February 12. An information session will be held on January 31. Click here for the notice and application.
- Herbert and Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship (2018)
This fellowship honors class of 1928 graduate Herbert Singer and his commitment to supporting meaningful learning experiences in public interest law. This Fellowship will help launch the social justice career of a J.D. Columbia Law graduate who demonstrates substantial commitment, ability and preparation for making a difference as a public interest lawyer by providing a stipend to be a staff attorney or do your own project at a nonprofit organization in the United States. The Fellow must begin work within five months of graduation or of completion of a clerkship. Applications are due by 3:00 pm on November 13, 2017. An information session will be held on October 31, 2017. Click here for the notice and application.
- Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (2018)
Kirkland & Ellis offers the Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship to "give something back" to the community and to enhance its relationship with Columbia Law School. The Fellowship provides one Columbia student the opportunity for a year of postgraduate public service that meets serious human needs in New York City. Applications are due on January 16, 2018 at 5:00pm. An information session will be held on November 2, 2017. Click here for a brochure about the Fellowship and here for the application. Please note submission instructions on the first page of the application.
- David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship (2018)
This fellowship honors the Law School’s former Dean (1996-2004) and his commitment to providing meaningful experiences in human rights law. This annual fellowship will enable a Columbia Law School J.D. or LL.M. graduate to spend one year working in human rights either in the United States or abroad, in pursuit of a career in human rights law, whether in academic life; in governmental, intergovernmental, or nongovernmental organizations or agencies; or as legal practitioners specializing in human rights work. The Fellow must begin work within five months of graduation or of completion of a clerkship. Applications are due by 3:00 pm on February 12, 2018. (Note: Though originally listed in the notice as Feb. 5, the application deadline has since been extended.) Click here for the notice and application.
- Mark Haas Public Interest Fellowship (2018)
This fellowships supports one to two graduating J.D. or LL.M. students from China to pursue public interest legal work in the United States for three to five months. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on January 23, 2018. Click here for the notice and application.
- Millstein Public Service Fellowship (2018)
This fellowship honors Jim Millstein ’82, who served as the Chief Restructuring Officer in the United States Department of Treasury during the financial crisis of 2008, and his father, Ira Millstein ’49, who founded the Systemic Risk Council, a private sector initiative to ensure that legislators and regulators remained vigilant in addressing the underlying causes of the crisis. This annual fellowship will provide a stipend to a recent Columbia Law School graduate who demonstrates substantial commitment, ability and preparation for making a difference to do substantive legal work on issues related to financial regulation within the United States Congress or in an Executive Branch agency. The Fellow must begin work within five months of graduation or of completion of a clerkship. Applications are due by 3:00 pm on November 13, 2017. An information session will be held on October 26, 2017. Click here for the notice and application.
- Sandler/Human Rights Watch Fellowship (2018)
Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, has created the Sandler Fellowship for a Columbia Law graduate from the J.D. program, in honor of Judge Leonard Sandler ’50. The fellow will spend one year in either the New York or Washington, D.C. office monitoring human rights developments in various countries, conducting onsite investigations, drafting reports on human rights conditions, and engaging in advocacy aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Applications are due October 6, 2017. Click here for information on the Sandler Fellowship and its application procedures.
- Public Interest and Government Fellowship (2018)
J.D. graduates who demonstrate serious commitment to and preparation for careers as public interest lawyers are eligible for Public Interest and Government Fellowships. These one-year fellowships are designed to allow graduates to gain experience, skills, and valuable contacts and also to provide talented young lawyers to nonprofit organizations and government agencies confronting great demand and diminished resources. Applications will be due in spring 2018; the exact due date will be announced in early 2018. Information about LL.M. fellowships will be available in the spring.
- Norton Rose Fulbright Fellowship at the Door Legal Services Center (2018)
For this fellowship, Norton Rose Fulbright sponsors a fellow to work on-site at The Door for a period of approximately 16 months. Located in SoHo, The Door is New York's premier youth development agency, and serves young people, ages 12 to 21, primarily from low-income families. Applications are due October 13, 2017. Click here for more information.
- To learn about other public service fellowships, please visit the PSJD Fellowship Deadline Calendar.
If you have questions about postgraduate fellowships, please contact Maddie Kurtz, Director of Public Interest Programs.
Public Interest Enhanced LRAP Fellowships Available Exclusively to Columbia Law School Graduates
Enhanced LRAP Fellowships are awarded to students who have demonstrated dedication to and exceptional promise for leadership in public interest law. These fellowships cover all loans up to the cost of law school tuition for fellows whose annual income does not exceed $100,000, and the schedule of forgiveness is accelerated beyond that of the typical LRAP arrangement. They include the Lowenstein Fellowship, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP Fellowship, and Berger Fellowship.
These are the fellowships offered in 2018:
- Lowenstein Fellowship
- Berger Fellowship
Applications forthcoming. For more information on these fellowships, including deadlines and application forms, visit our Loan Repayment Assistance Program page.
Resources for Columbia Law School Fellowship Recipients
Frequently Asked Fellowship Questions
Information included in this document applies to the following Columbia Law School fellowships: the Columbia Law School Public & Government Fellowships, the Millstein Public Service Fellowship, the Herbert & Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship, the Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship, the David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship, and the Mark Haas Public Interest Fellowship.