Fellowships Exclusively for Columbia Law Graduates

David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship (2022)

This annual 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 fellow must begin work within five months of graduation or of completion of a clerkship. The deadline for J.D. students is Monday, February 7, 2022. The deadline for LL.M. students is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The 2022 application will be available later this fall. It will be substantially similar to the 2021 application.
2021 Leebron Fellowship Application

 

Global Public Service Fellowship (2022)

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 is Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The 2022 application will be available later this fall. It will be substantially similar to the 2021 application. 
2021 Global Public Service Fellowship Application

 

Herbert and Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship (2022)

This fellowship honors Class of 1928 graduate Herbert Singer and his commitment to supporting meaningful learning experiences in public interest law. This 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 fellow must begin work within five months of graduation or of completion of a clerkship. The deadline is Monday, November 1, 2021.
2022 Singer Fellowship Application

 

Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (2022)

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 is January 21, 2022. 
2022 Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship Application

 

LL.M. Public Interest and Government LL.M. Fellowships (2022)

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 host organization in the U.S. or abroad. The fellowship period is 10-52 weeks. The deadline is Monday, March 14, 2022. The 2022 application will be available later this fall. It will be substantially similar to the 2021 application.
2021 LL.M. Fellowship Application

 

Mark Haas Public Interest Fellowship (2022)

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 Tuesday, March 1, 2022. The 2022 application will be available later this fall. It will be substantially similar to the 2021 application.
2021 Haas Fellowship Application

 

Millstein Public Service Fellowship (2022)

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 annual 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. The fellow must begin work within five months of graduation or of completion of a clerkship. The deadline is Monday, November 15, 2021.
2022 Millstein Fellowship Application

 

Sandler/Human Rights Watch Fellowship (2022)

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 8, 2021.
2022 Sandler Fellowship Application

 

Social Justice Legal Foundation Hueston Hennigan Fellowship (2022)

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 SJLF’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. Information about the 2022 fellowship is not yet available. This application is typically due in February. 
2021 Social Justice Legal Foundation Hueston Hennigan Fellowship Application

 

Public Interest Enhanced LRAP Fellowships

Enhanced LRAP Fellowships are awarded to Columbia Law School 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 2022, Columbia Law School is offering the Berger Fellowship and the Lowenstein Fellowship. The deadline is Monday, June 20, 2022. The 2022 application will be available later this fall. It will be substantially similar to the 2021 application.
2021 Enhanced 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 2022 fellowship is not available, 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 (2022)
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. Information on the 2022 fellowship is not yet available. This application is typically due in October. 
2021 Norton Rose Fellowship Application

Manne Family Fellowship at the Texas Civil Rights Project (2022)
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. Information on the 2022 fellowship is not yet available. This application is typically due in February. 
2021 Manne Family Fellowship Application

Public Interest and Government J.D. Fellowships (2022)
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. Public Interest and Government Fellowships. Recipients work at a qualifying host 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. The application is due Monday, May 2, 2022. The 2022 application will be available later this fall. It will be substantially similar to the 2021 application.
2021 J.D. Public Interest and Government Fellowship Notice and Application

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