Post-Graduate Fellowships for LL.M. Students

Many graduates embark on their career by obtaining a post-graduate fellowship. Organizations offer fellowships in a national or international competitive process, and our students tend to be quite competitive for those. Additionally, NYU offers some fellowships that are designated only for its graduates; these are described below.

The following post-graduate fellowships regularly hire LL.M. students:

  • Center for Constitutional Transitions: Center for Constitutional Transitions/International IDEA Research Fellowships are awarded to currently enrolled full-time, first-year J.D., second-year J.D., and LL.M. students at NYU School of Law in New York. The fellowships are full-time positions for a minimum of ten weeks, based in the constitution building program at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).  The summer fellowships are part of a larger partnership between the Center for Constitutional Transitions and International IDEA (details available here).  One essential aspect of IDEA’s work is to carry out legal research in relation to the constitutional transitions that are taking place throughout the region in the midst of the Arab Spring. Fellows will carry out substantive legal research, draft memoranda and other documents, liaise with counterparts in the region and participate in the organization of workshops, conferences, dialogue sessions, etc. Up to three students will be selected for a fellowship.
  • International Court of Justice Clerkships: New York University School of Law was the first American law school to initiate a clerkship program with the International Court of Justice in 2000 and has sent a recent graduate to serve in the ICJ’s Traineeship program every year since then. NYU School of Law will nominate at least one graduating student or recent graduate who has familiarity with international law, and good working knowledge of both English and French to work for nine 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. For additional details and information about how to apply, please click here.
  • International Finance and Development Fellowships are awarded to full-time LL.M. students on a competitive basis to provide outstanding opportunities to gain experience working with international organizations in the areas of finance and development. For more information, please click here.
  • International Law and Human Rights Fellowship Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain education in the theory and practice of international law and human rights law through scholarship and practical experience through internships at prominent international organizations. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. LL.M. and J.S.D. students at NYU School of Law are eligible. For more information, click here.

The following post-graduate fellowships are open to both J.D. and LL.M. students.

  • Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship: Created in 2008, this fellowship supports one or more graduating students annually 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 that they have chosen.  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 will provide a modest salary for one year and will cover health insurance and travel costs for graduates to work closely with their chosen host organization.  For more information, please click here.
  • Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama: These two fellowships for recent graduates present a terrific opportunity to work at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama for two years 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 with a two-year fellowship to work with 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. For more information, please click here.
  • 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.
  • Outten & Golden Employment Law Fellowship:  Every other year, Outten & Golden will offer a Fellowship to a recent NYU 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.  For more information, please click here.
  • 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. For more information click here.

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