Public Interest fellowships provide paid entry-level positions in public interest and non-profit organizations. Summer fellowships provide otherwise limited funding for summer public interest work. Public interest full-time fellowships are usually short-term (one to two years), although some public interest organizations have funds to keep the fellow on as a staff attorney after the completion of the fellowship term.
Counseling & Public Interest Career Strategy: Obtaining a public interest summer or post-graduate fellowship is highly competitive but not impossible and the key to success is planning and to start planning early by scheduling a meeting to partner with the CDO Office and make an appointment via Symplicity with a CDO career counselor to learn how to find out about public interest summer and post-graduate fellowships.
Public Interest Job Search: The most effective way to conduct an active job search is first to spend some time assessing your interests, values, and professional goals and what type of skills you want to use. Investing the time to think about why you want to pursue a career in public interest and in particular a summer or post-graduate public interest fellowship will help you communicate your enthusiasm about work performed as a public interest advocate and as a fellow and will help you make an outstanding impression in your written proposal and during your interview.
Summer Funding and Post-Graduate Fellowships: Key Resource includes but not limited to PSJD.org an online resource for law students and lawyers to learn about summer and post-graduate opportunities.
Post-graduate Public Interest Fellowships: Postgraduate public interest fellowships enable recent graduates to secure entry level positons to gain experience in public interest law. Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and OSI Baltimore Community Fellowships and many other opportunities provide an excellent opportunity to follow one’s passion to make a difference as a public interest advocate. Most public interest fellowships require advance preparation and planning. Please schedule an appointment via Symplicity to make an appointment with a CDO career counselor to learn how to apply and prepare for public interest fellowships.