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Post-Graduate Fellowships for 3Ls

Many graduates embark on their careers by obtaining a post-graduate fellowship. Organizations offer fellowships in a national competitive process, and our students and alumni have always done terrifically, as demonstrated by the list of the Recent Fellowship Recipients. Additionally, NYU Law offers some fellowships that are designated only for its graduates; these are described below. You can also learn about opportunities for LLM students.

Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship

Created in 2008, this annual fellowship supports one or more graduating students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in international human rights law, and who have designed sound proposals for work at a host organization of their choice. Applicants are invited to design projects to put their legal education to work on timely issues in countries where their efforts are most needed and where there are insufficient resources for human rights protection. The fellowship provides a modest salary for one year and covers health insurance and travel costs for graduates to work closely with their chosen host organization. Learn more about the Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship.

George A. Katz Fellowship at the Brennan Center for Justice

In honor of a great lawyer dedicated to building the next generation of public interest lawyers, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz created the George A. Katz ’54 Fellowship Program at the Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice. Every other year, a selection committee awards a recent graduate a two-year fellowship to work with the Brennan Center on litigation, public education, research, and scholarship. The Katz Fellowship is offered every other year; students and alumni may apply in the Fall of even-numbered years. Learn more about the Katz Fellowship.

International Court of Justice Clerkships

In 2000, New York University School of Law became the first American law school to initiate a clerkship program with the International Court of Justice, and since then, the Law School has sent a recent graduate to serve in the ICJ’s Traineeship program every year. NYU Law nominates at least one graduating student or recent graduate who is familiar with international law and has good working knowledge of both English and French to work for ten months in The Hague. Clerks work with international judges, conduct legal research, draft memoranda, and listen to oral arguments on issues in public international law. Note: this year's application deadline is Sunday, January 10, 2016. Read additional details and information about how to apply.

Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship

Since the 1995-96 academic year, the Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowships have been awarded annually to one NYU School of Law graduate to pursue public service employment for one year in New York City. Fellows are selected for their personal integrity and potential to make a positive contribution to the community. For more information, please see the fellowship website.

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowships

The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Program will provide three graduating JD students with the opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization. For  2016-2017, fellows will be selected to work with Human Rights First, Just Security and the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law.  Note the deadline for this year: November 6, 2015.  Find out more about the application process.

New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship Program

The New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship is designed to attract the “best and the brightest,” who are called to a career in public service. Being an Excelsior Fellow is an honor, privilege, and full-time commitment. Fellows serve in a variety of capacities within such agencies like the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Labor, Housing and Community Renewal, the Department of Financial Services, and the Empire State Development Corporation. Alternatively, fellows may be assigned to roles in the Governor’s or Lieutenant Governor’s Office. The fellowship is a two-year program that combines both experiential and professional development opportunities designed to nurture and cultivate the next generation of leaders in New York State government. Find more information about the application process.

NYU Law and Social Enterprise Fellowship

Administered through NYU School of Law under the auspices of the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business, this fellowship promotes research and curriculum development in subjects related to legal issues in the area of social entrepreneurship. The fellowship broadly defines social enterprise as the use of business strategies to solve intractable social problems and advance a social mission. For more information, visit the fellowship website.

NYU School of Law Human Rights Watch Fellowship

For this fellowship, NYU Law has partnered with Human Rights Watch to provide international human rights experience to an NYU Law student for one year.

Outten & Golden Employment Law Fellowship

Every other year, Outten & Golden offer a fellowship to a recent NYU Law graduate to address issues of workplace fairness as an attorney with the firm for two years. Applications are accepted in the fall of even-numbered years. Learn more about the Outten & Golden Employment Law Fellowship.

Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights

The Bernstein Fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent graduate to spend one year doing human rights advocacy work at Human Rights in China in its New York or Hong Kong office. Learn more about the Bernstein Fellowship.

Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Fellowship

The Sinsheimer Fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent NYU Law graduate to serve as an attorney with the Partnership for Children’s Rights. The fellow will represent New York City children from low-income families with special education needs.  This is a one-year fellowship and the application deadline is November 20, 2015.  Applications must include a resume, writing sample, transcript, and references, along with a cover letter providing a detailed description of the candidate’s commitment to child advocacy and public interest law. Please forward all correspondence to

Tax Policy Fellowship

New York University School of Law has established a tax policy fellowship with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury (Tax Policy) and the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. Each year, two of our JD/LLM students spend six months in Washington, DC, working at either the Treasury or the Joint Committee during the summer and fall after the JD degree is awarded. NYU Law provides these Tax Policy Fellows with a stipend for the time they spend in Washington, DC.

The Williams Fellowship

The Williams Fellowship is for graduating or recently graduated students to serve a one-year term at the Administrative Conference of the United States beginning in September 2015. Named after the Conference’s first Chairman, Jerre Williams, the fellowship is especially well-suited to aspiring academics in administrative law. For more details and instructions on how to apply, click here.