The application for admission to the Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program is now closed. Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will be available in May 2021.

To be eligible for the Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program, you must be an incoming and deposited first-year J.D. student and intend to pursue a public interest, human rights, or government career immediately upon graduation. Applications are reviewed by the PI/PS Fellows Selection Committee, which includes Columbia Law School faculty, alumni, and administrators. The committee will not receive your general admissions application to Columbia Law School. You will be evaluated on the following criteria, among others:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to pursuing a public interest or public service career immediately upon graduation
  • Prior experience with, or exposure to, or knowledge of nonprofit, community, public interest, or public service sectors
  • Skills and characteristics required to become an effective advocate

Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion are core values of the PI/PS Fellows Program. We are committed to having a diverse and inclusive class of PI/PS Fellows that is reflective of the societies in which we live and work. To accomplish this, we define diversity broadly, including, but not limited to, differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, religion, socioeconomic background, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, military service, disability status, or other historically underrepresented groups. Students with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, abilities, and perspectives are strongly encouraged to apply.

Incoming students are also encouraged to explore additional opportunities at Columbia Law School, such as the Human Rights Institute 1L Advocates Program and Davis Polk Leadership Fellowship Program.

Devi Patel, smiling with an ivy-covered wall behind her

“At Columbia Law School, every student’s path to success is unique. PI/PS Fellows can expect to work closely with the Office of Social Justice Initiatives as they explore their passions, identify their goals, and search for meaningful educational, employment, and internship opportunities aligned with their interests. We help equip PI/PS Fellows with the skills, experience, and connections they will need to pursue their individualized aspirations.”