Fellowships Exclusively for Columbia Law Graduates
David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship (2021)
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. The deadline for J.D. students is February 8, 2021. The deadline for LL.M. students is April 5, 2021.
2021 Leebron Fellowship Application
Global Public Service Fellowship (2021)
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 sponsor 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 is April 5, 2021.
2021 Global Public Service Fellowship Application
Herbert and Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship (2021)
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. The deadline is November 2, 2020.
2021 Singer Fellowship Application
Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (2021)
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 Columbia student the opportunity for a year of postgraduate public service that meets serious human needs in New York City. The deadline is January 19, 2021.
2021 Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship Application
Mark Haas Public Interest Fellowship (2021)
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 six months. The deadline is April 5, 2021.
2021 Haas Fellowship Application
Millstein Public Service Fellowship (2021)
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. The deadline is November 16, 2020.
2021 Millstein Fellowship Application
LL.M. Public Interest and Government LL.M. Fellowships (2021)
LL.M. graduates who demonstrate serious commitment to, and preparation for, careers as public interest, government, or human rights lawyers are eligible for Public Interest and Government Fellowships. Recipients work at a qualifying sponsor organization in the U.S. or abroad. The fellowship period is 10-52 weeks. The deadline is April 19, 2021.
2021 LL.M. Fellowship Application
Sandler/Human Rights Watch Fellowship (2021)
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 on October 9, 2020.
2021 Sandler Fellowship Application
Public Interest Enhanced LRAP Fellowships
Enhanced LRAP Fellowships are awarded to CLS 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 2021, Columbia Law School is offering the Bernstein Fellowship and the Lowenstein Fellowship. The deadline is June 21, 2021. The 2021 application will be posted in 2021.
2020 LRAP Fellowship Application
Excelsior Service Fellowship Program
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 J.D. class. Fellows play a policy-influencing role, with the opportunity to focus on the most pressing issues of the day. Information on the 2021 fellowship is not available yet, but interested students are encouraged to be in touch with Rachel Pauley, SJI Director of Government Programs.
2020 Excelsior Fellowship Application
Norton Rose Fulbright Fellowship at The Door Legal Services Center (2021)
For this fellowship, Norton Rose Fulbright sponsors a fellow 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, and serves young people, ages 12 to 21, primarily from low-income families. 2021 applications are due October 28, 2020.
2021 Norton Rose Fellowship Application
Manne Family Fellowship at the Texas Civil Rights Project (2021)
This fellowship allows a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, or the University of Texas School of Law (the alma maters of the Manne family) to join the Texas Civil Rights Project for one year. Fellows are fully integrated into one of the Texas Civil Rights Project's legal programs—Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, or Racial & Economic Justice—and work closely with the program’s legal and advocacy team. The 2021 application and deadline are not available yet, but in the past, the deadline was in February. Interested students or graduates can review the website and are encouraged to be in touch with Maddie Kurtz, SJI Director of Public Interest Professional Development.
Public Interest and Government J.D. Fellowships (2021)
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 Public Interest and Government Fellowships. Recipients work at a qualifying sponsor organization in the U.S. or abroad. This fellowship is open to Class of 2021 J.D. graduates from any ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. Applications are due on May 3, 2021. The 2021 application will be posted in 2021.
2020 J.D. Fellowship Application for Columbia Law School students
2020 J.D. Fellowship Application for other students
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