Postgraduate Fellowships

Postgraduate fellowships are a primary launch pad for graduating 3Ls to enter the public interest and public service job markets. LL.M. students are also eligible for select postgraduate fellowships to begin public service work in the U.S. or abroad. Postgraduate fellowships are a pipeline for new attorneys to obtain critical training, experience, networks, and education, and they often lead to permanent positions in the field.


All Columbia students interested in exploring careers in public interest, human rights, and government fields should explore the exciting possibilities available via postgraduate fellowships, including those funded by Columbia Law School, as well as externally funded organization-based fellowships and project-based fellowships. Social Justice Initiatives assists students and graduates interested in these opportunities.

Externally funded fellowships: Each year, Columbia students receive postgraduate fellowships through funders such as the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and Immigrant Justice Corps. They are also selected for positions in the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and other highly competitive government fellowship programs. 

Columbia Fellowships: In addition, generous alumni and other donors have demonstrated that public interest law is at the core of the Law School’s values by funding fellowships for Columbia graduates to pursue public interest or government careers in the U.S. and abroad.