Many graduates embark on their career by obtaining a post-graduate fellowship. Organizations offer fellowships in a national or international competitive process, and NYU Law students are usually very competitive candidates. The Law School also offers a few fellowships designated only for its graduates; these are described below.
The following post-graduate fellowships regularly hire LLM students:
- 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 to work for ten months in The Hague. The Court looks in particular for candidates who have excellent results in their law studies, and who have studied, published or worked in international law. The official languages of the ICJ are English and French. Candidates must have excellent reading, writing and speaking skills in at least one of these. A working knowledge of the second official language will be an asset. 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 Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Learn more about ICJ Clerkships here.
- International Finance and Development Fellowships are awarded to full-time LLM students on a competitive basis. They provide outstanding opportunities to gain experience working with international organizations in the areas of finance and development. Read more about the IFD Fellowships.
- The International Law and Human Rights Fellowship Program helps students learn about the theory and practice of international law and human rights law through scholarship and practical experience gained through internships at prominent international organizations. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. NYU Law LLM and JSD students are eligible. Read more about the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship Program.
The following post-graduate fellowships are open to both JD and 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. Learn about our past fellows.
- Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama: These two fellowships for recent graduates present a terrific opportunity to spend two years working at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, with Professor Bryan Stevenson. The work involves death-penalty appeals, civil rights litigation aimed at reforming the criminal justice system, community based initiatives dealing with juveniles and people with mental disabilities, and other criminal litigation.
- 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. This year's application deadline is October 15, 2016. Learn more about the Katz Fellowship.
- 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.
- 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.