Each spring the Directors select a small number of second-year law students to be Hays Fellows in their third-year of law school. Selection is based on written materials and interviews; criteria include legal ability and commitment to civil liberties. The fellows are selected in a participatory process that includes interviews by the co-directors, the current Hays Fellows and former fellows.



Second year students with demonstrated commitment to work in civil liberties and civil rights and strong skills are invited to apply for 2017–2018 Fellowships in the Arthur Garfield Hays Program. Materials describing the Program and the selection process are available in VH room 308. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY NOON ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 IN VH ROOM 308.

The current Hays Fellows will discuss their experiences in the Program and answer your questions in the West Wing of Golding Lounge from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31st and again on Wednesday, Feb. 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in VH 202 smart classroom. A video about the Hays program will also be shown. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have questions about the program or the application process.

Norman Dorsen
Sylvia A. Law
Helen Hershkoff



Robert Marshall Fellowship
Roger N. Baldwin Fellowship
Harriet Pilpel/Planned Parenthood Fellowship
Palmer Weber Fellowship
Leonard B. Boudin Fellowship
Tom Stoddard Fellowship
Deborah R. Linfield Fellowship
Norman and Harriette Dorsen Fellowship [not awarded 2017–2018]
Sylvia A. Law Fellowship 


Instruction Sheet

Applications for Hays Fellowships are due in VH Room 308 at noon on Thursday, February 16, 2017. They should include the following material.

(1) a personal resume which includes one reference for each of the jobs you have held since college and one or more NYU law professors. If possible, supply the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all persons named. Highlight the names of three references who best know your work.

(2) your law school courses and grades, including the names of instructors for each course. Include the courses you are taking in the spring semester and the name of the instructor. Please advise us promptly, in writing, as late third semester grades become available.

(3) a sample of legal writing. Use anything you have personally written. We strongly prefer something other than a Lawyering memo.

(4) a letter of no more than two single-spaced pages explaining why you believe you are qualified to be a Hays Fellow.

(5) any other information you think would be helpful in appraising your application.

Print or type your full name, telephone number and e-mail address on the top of the first page of your letter and your resume.

Application materials will be circulated to those involved in the selection process, including the current Fellows, and will be held in confidence.

Selections will be based on demonstrated interest and effectiveness in civil liberties or public interest law, academic record, writing and research skills, and recommendations from faculty and supervisors. We seek a group of Fellows who are diverse, collegial and independent thinkers willing to engage. Six fellowships are usually awarded annually.

Hays Fellows work on a range of public interest projects involving civil liberties and civil rights. The work can involve scholarly research, policy analysis, legislative or other legal activity. Litigation usually predominates. Most work is supervised by public interest lawyers in New York. Fellows sometimes spend some time working under the direction of one of the faculty directors.

The fellowship is for the academic year from late August to early May. The fellows will receive a stipend of $14,000 in 2017–2018, as well as additional funds for program related travel expenses and bar review subsidies up to $2,000 for fellows who enter public interest work or are seeking such a position. Fellows also receive one point of academic credit for satisfactory work done in the program each semester.

Each Hays Fellow is expected to put in a substantial amount of time on a regular basis. Fellowship expectations are outlined in a separate memo. The time commitment generally precludes paid employment or other demanding extracurricular work such as editor-in-chief and, in some cases, senior editorships of journals. If you plan to enroll in a clinic or other activity that requires long periods away from the Law School, that should be noted on the application. If an applicant has a question about whether a commitment is consistent with a fellowship, it is very important that this be discussed with one of the directors prior to or at the interview. Root-Tilden-Kern Scholars are eligible for Hays Fellowships but will not be selected absent exceptional circumstances because of the special opportunities provided to them in the Root program. The stipends for students who hold Root or Merit Scholarships will be reviewed individually. They should discuss their situation with one of the faculty directors.

Please note the subjects of the eight named fellowships in particular areas of civil liberties (pages 6–7 of the Hays Program brochure). These will be taken into account in the awards that are made. At least one fellowship will be given to students especially interested in freedom of speech, press and religion. Other fellowships have a focus on civil rights, reproductive freedom, international human rights, the rights of gay men and lesbians and economic justice. On the enclosed application check sheet, which should be submitted with your application, please indicate all fellowships for which you want to be considered and whether you have a special interest in any fellowships (one or two). A difference among the fellowships is that we try to assure holders of fellowships devoted to a particular area of civil liberties an opportunity to work in that area for up to one semester. We ordinarily will try to award fellowships linked to a particular area of civil liberties to applicants with some background in that area. Because we believe it is desirable for all fellows to obtain experience in more than one area, we discourage full year assignments. All decisions on assignments are made in close consultation with the current fellows. Since Professor Dorsen remains a director of the Program, the Fellowship in his name will not be awarded this year.
The current Hays Fellows will be available to talk with you about the program from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the West Wing of Golding Lounge on Tuesday, January 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in VH 202 smart classroom  Wednesday, February 1st. The current fellows are listed below.  You should feel free to contact them.

Elizabeth Harrington      Palmer Weber Fellowship     ekh306@nyu.edu

Juliana Morgan-Trostle  Harriet Pilpel Fellowship      jmt576@nyu.edu

Adam Murphy               Leonard Boudin Fellowship  abm477@nyu.edu

Julia Popkin                   Robert Marshall Fellowship   jbp369@nyu.edu

Samuel Schoenburg       Tom Stoddard Felloship         ses745@nyu.edu

Rhidaya Trivedi             Sylvia Al Law Fellowship        rst314@nyu.edu    

Lucy Zhou                    Roger Baldwin Fellowship     lucy.zhou@nyu.edu                           





Applications should be submitted to Gail Thomas, the Hays secretary, in VH Room 308 BY NOON ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017. At that time you should indicate the times you are available for an interview. Initial interviews will be held in Vanderbilt Hall on Thursday, March 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (these times are tentative) in VH 429. Applicants will be individually notified as to whether they are invited for a second interview for finalists. The interviewers for the first round will be Professor Sylvia A. Law and a current Fellow. Professors Norman Dorsen and Helen Hershkoff will conduct second round interviews. Every effort will be made to announce selections prior to spring break.

                                                                                                       Norman Dorsen
                                                                                                       Sylvia A. Law
                                                                                                       Helen Hershkof





Application Check sheet


Submit your application by bringing a paper copy to: Gail Thomas, VH 308


Name:                          ____________________________ _


Email address:           _____________________ ________                                                                 


Phone:                        _____________________________   


Application Checksheet

Name: ____________________________

Email address: ______________________                                                                

Phone: ____________________________  

1. Please be sure you have attached:

_____              Cover letter

_____              Resume (listing  references and telephone numbers)

_____              List all 1L courses and 2L courses,  including name of instructor and grade received

_____               One sample of legal writing.


2. Please list here ALL TIMES you ARE AVAILABLE for an interview on Thursday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. VH 429 

3.  Every student admitted into the Program is a Hays Fellow.  In addition, each fellow is designated  by a particular named fellowship, which for 2017–2018 are: Robert Marshall, Roger Baldwin, Harriet Pilpel-Planned Parenthood, Palmer Weber, Leonard Boudin, Tom Stoddard,  Deborah Linfield, and Sylvia A. Law.  You can read more about these fellowships and the individuals for whom they are named in the Hays brochure or at the Hays website.  Certain named fellowships carry the expectation that the fellow will do one of the two placements in an organization with a specific substantive focus: the Pilpel fellow is expected to work in reproductive freedom; the Stoddard fellow, to work on LGBTQ issues;  the Linfield fellow, to work in the area of free speech and free press; the Law fellow to work on issues of economic justice..  Please indicate whether there are any specific fellowships you would particularly like to receive.   (The Norman and Harriette Dorsen Fellowship  will not be awarded 2017–2018.)