Meet the 2020 J.D. Postgraduate Public Interest Fellows
Working at organizations that specialize in issues such as voting rights, juvenile justice, and the death penalty, recent graduates will use their fellowships to launch careers in human rights, public service, and social justice.
Every year, Columbia Law School alumni receive prestigious fellowships that support positions in public interest and public service organizations. The newest recipients join a legion of alumni who have gone on to leadership roles in government, social justice, and human rights.
The Office of Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) offers comprehensive guidance and support to students who seek positions serving the public good, both in the United States and abroad. SJI also administers several postgraduate fellowships to LL.M. alumni.
“Our postgraduate fellowship recipients are truly impressive,” says Dean for Social Justice Initiatives and Public Service Lawyering Erica Smock ’95. “They have already accomplished so much, and this year, at a time when communities around the world are facing unprecedented crises, our graduates have the knowledge and skills to make a real, positive impact in social justice fields.”
This spring, graduates from the Classes of 2017 through 2020 obtained postgraduate fellowships at organizations including the Brennan Center for Justice, Human Rights Watch, Children’s Law Center of California, and the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program. Below, meet just some of the fellows and learn what drew them to their organizations and what they hope to achieve.