Social Justice Initiatives Announces 2019 Public Interest Fellowship Recipients

Graduates will work on issues involving the environment, voting rights, immigration, human rights, and more.

Columbia Law School has a long tradition of training students for careers in public service and public interest. The office of Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) offers comprehensive guidance to students who must acquire years of relevant classroom and experiential learning as well as internships to find full-time jobs in the human rights and social justice fields. SJI advises them in the application process for prestigious postgraduate fellowships that provide unmatched opportunities for launching a career. “The students from the Class of 2019 who’ve been awarded fellowships have impressive accomplishments,” says SJI Dean Erica Smock ’95. “They have demonstrated a serious commitment to public interest work in areas such as criminal justice, environmental justice, human trafficking, immigration, and labor law.”

This year, many 3Ls have obtained postgraduate fellowships as well as public interest and government positions at a variety of employers across the country. Meet some of the fellows who will be working at organizations such as the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, the Center for Popular Democracy, Human Rights Watch, and the Sierra Club.