BLBG Fellowship (2023)

The Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (BLBG) Fellowship aligns two of the firm’s fundamental core values: a commitment to social justice and using litigation as a tool to vindicate the rights of those who have been disadvantaged by powerful interests. The fellowship provides the opportunity to work in a litigation role at a public interest organization for two years before joining the firm’s world class investor-side litigation practice. The 2023 application will be due in early 2023 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to Columbia Law School J.D. students and graduates only.
2022 BLBG Fellowship Application

 

David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship (2023)

This fellowship honors the Law School’s former dean (1996-2004) and his commitment to providing meaningful experiences in human rights law. The fellowship enables a Columbia Law School J.D. or LL.M. graduate to spend one year working in human rights in the United States or abroad, in pursuit of a career in human rights law, whether in academic life, at governmental, intergovernmental, or nongovernmental organizations or agencies, or as legal practitioners specializing in human rights work. The deadline for J.D. students to apply is February 6, 2023. The deadline for LL.M. students is March 1, 2023. The 2023 application will be posted later in fall 2022 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to Columbia Law School students and graduates only.
2022 Leebron Fellowship Application

 

Excelsior Service Fellowship Program (2023)

The two-year Excelsior Fellowship supports J.D. graduates to work in New York State government alongside senior members of the administration. Fellows play a policy-influencing role, with the opportunity to focus on the most pressing issues of the day. The 2023 application will be due January 30, 2023 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. As a participant in the Excelsior Program, Columbia Law School is granted a predetermined number of fellowships for current 3Ls.
2022 Excelsior Fellowship Application

 

Global Public Service Fellowship (2023)

This 12-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 host abroad. Preference is given to organizations based in the Pan-Asia region who are engaged in issues of international law and global consequence. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. The 2023 application will be posted later in fall 2022 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to Columbia Law School students and graduates only.
2022 Global Public Service Fellowship Application

 

Herbert and Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship (2023)

This two-year fellowship honors Class of 1928 graduate Herbert Singer and his commitment to supporting meaningful learning experiences in public interest law. The fellowship helps to launch the social justice career of a J.D. Columbia Law School 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 carry out a project at a nonprofit organization in the United States. The deadline to apply is November 1. The 2023 application will be posted shortly and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below.  Open to Columbia Law School J.D. students and graduates only.
2023 Singer Fellowship Application

 

J.D. Pathways Fellowships (2023)

J.D. graduates who demonstrate serious commitment to, and preparation for, careers as public interest, government, or human rights lawyers are eligible for Columbia Law School J.D. Pathways Public Interest and Government Fellowships. Recipients work at a qualifying host organization in the U.S. or abroad for one year. This fellowship is open to class of 2023 J.D. graduates from any ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. The deadline to apply is May 2, 2023. The 2023 application will be posted later in fall 2022 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to current 3Ls from any ABA-accredited law school in the United States.
2022 J.D. Pathways Fellowship Application

 

Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (2023)

Kirkland & Ellis offers its 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 graduating J.D. student the opportunity for a year of postgraduate public service that meets serious human needs in New York City. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2023. Open to current 3Ls from Columbia Law School and NYU Law School only.
2023 Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship Application

 

LL.M. Pathways Fellowships (2023)

LL.M. graduates who demonstrate serious commitment to, and preparation for, careers as public interest, government, or human rights lawyers are eligible for LL.M. Pathways Fellowships. Recipients work at a qualifying host organization in the U.S. or abroad. The fellowship period is 10-52 weeks. The deadline to apply is March 13, 2023. The 2023 application will be posted later in fall 2022 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to current Columbia Law School LL.M.s only.
2022 LL.M. Fellowship Application

 

Mark Haas Public Interest Fellowship (2023)

This fellowship 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 six months. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. The 2023 application will be posted later in fall 2022 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to current Columbia Law School 3Ls and LL.M.s only.
2022 Haas Fellowship Application

 

Millstein Financial Regulation Fellowship (2023)

This fellowship honors Jim Millstein ’82, who served as the Chief Restructuring Officer in the U.S. 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 remain vigilant in addressing the underlying causes of the crisis. This fellowship provides 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 U.S. Congress or in an Executive Branch agency for one year. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2022. The application will be posted shortly and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to Columbia J.D. students and graduates only.
2023 Millstein Financial Regulation Fellowship Application

 

Millstein Government Service Fellowship (2023) 

The Millstein Government Service Fellowship honors Jim Millstein ’82, who served as the Chief Restructuring Officer in the U.S. 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 remain vigilant in addressing the underlying causes of the crisis. The fellowship provides a stipend to a recent J.D. graduate from any ABA-accredited law school who demonstrates a deep commitment to public service and an ability to contribute to the public sector within the federal government. The fellowship is intended to place a fellow within the Executive Branch or Legislative Branch of the federal government for one year. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2022. The application will be posted shortly. Open to current 3Ls from any ABA-accredited law school in the United States.

 

Manne Family Fellowship at the Texas Civil Rights Project

The Manne Family Fellow will be employed by the Texas Civil Rights Project for one year. The Manne Family Fellow will be fully integrated into one of the organization's legal programs—voting rights, criminal injustice reform, or racial and economic justice—and work closely with the program’s legal and advocacy team. The fellow will focus their time on impact litigation. Information about the 2023 fellowship will be posted by early 2023. Open to J.D. students and graduates at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, or the University of Texas School of Law only.
2022 Manne Family Texas Civil Rights Project Fellowship Application

 

Manne Family Fellowship at the Texas Defender Service

This one-year fellowship allows a recent graduate to join the Texas Defender Service, a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of representation afforded to those facing a death sentence and to expose and eradicate the systemic flaws plaguing the Texas death penalty. Applications are due November 15. Open to Columbia Law School J.D. students and graduates only.
2023 Manne Family Texas Defender Service Fellowship

 

Norton Rose Fulbright Fellowship at The Door Legal Services Center (2023)


For this fellowship, Norton Rose Fulbright sponsors a fellow from Columbia or NYU Law Schools to work onsite with The Door Legal Services Center for a period of approximately 16 months. Located in SoHo, The Door is New York's premier youth development agency, serving young people ages 12 to 21, primarily from low-income families. The fellow is an associate of Norton Rose Fulbright and receives firm benefits. The 2023 application will be due in fall 2022 (exact date TBA) and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to J.D. students and graduates of Columbia Law School or NYU Law School only.
2022 Norton Rose Fellowship Application

 

Public Interest Enhanced LRAP Fellowships (2023)

Enhanced LRAP Fellowships are awarded to Columbia Law School J.D. 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.

In 2023, Columbia Law School is offering the Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP Fellowship and the Lowenstein Fellowship. The deadline to apply is June 19, 2023. The 2023 application will be posted later in fall 2022 and will be substantially similar to the 2022 application, below. Open to Columbia Law School J.D. students and graduates only.
2022 Enhanced LRAP Application

 

Sandler/Human Rights Watch Fellowship (2023)

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 spends one year in either the New York or Washington, DC 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 10, 2022. Open to Columbia Law School J.D. students and graduates only.
2023 Sandler Fellowship Application

 

Social Justice Legal Foundation Hueston Hennigan Fellowship (2023)

The mission of the Social Justice Legal Foundation is to combine public interest issue expertise and elite academic resources with private sector experience in order to bring a fresh approach to curating and pursuing national trial work advancing social justice and equity. To address evolving societal crises, the foundation rotates its primary areas of attention every two years from among the following initial areas: economic justice, housing/homeless discrimination, LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant justice, Native American discrimination, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. Hueston Hennigan Fellows work for the foundation for two years, receive top caliber training in trial and appellate advocacy from the foundation’s professional legal team and private law firm mentors, and gain meaningful hands-on trial experience litigating impactful cases with the entrepreneurial spirit and resources of a top law firm. It is offered in two-year cycles; the next application is due December 9, 2022. Open to J.D. students and graduates of Columbia Law School, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Stanford Law School, UCLA School of Law, and Yale Law School only.
Social Justice Legal Foundation Hueston Hennigan Fellowship 

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Joel T. Dodge, Esq. (he/him)

Director, Public Interest Professional Development, Columbia Law School | Social Justice Initiatives