Public Interest Law Center

Post-Graduate Fellowships

Many graduates embark on their career 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 offers some fellowships that are designated only for its graduates; these are described below. Read about opportunities for LLM 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.

Ford Foundation Fellowship

Launched in 2013-14, the Ford Foundation Post-Graduate Fellowship in Public Interest Law will support one year of full-time work at a Ford Foundation grantee organization beginning in fall 2015 for six NYU 3Ls. Fellows may join an organization as a staff attorney, or work with a Ford grantee organization to develop a one-year project that supports the organization’s mission. This program is a part of the Ford Foundation's Social Justice Fellowships Initiative. Details about the application process can be found here.

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.

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.

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.

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. Each Fellow, in his or her own way, is making important contributions in building the New New York. 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. For more information about the application process, 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.

NYU School of Law Carr Center for Reproductive Justice, Reproductive Justice Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded annually to three new or recent graduates of NYU School of Law for work on reproductive justice in the United States with a host organization of the fellows’ choice.  For more information, please click here.

NYU School of Law Human Rights Watch Fellowship

This fellowship partners NYU with Human Rights Watch to provide international human rights experience to an NYU student for one year.

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.

Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Fellowship

The Sinsheimer Fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent NYU School of 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, social security disability issues and other civil matters. For more information, please click here.

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, D.C. working at either Treasury or the Joint Committee during the summer and fall after the JD degree is awarded. NYU School of Law provides these Tax Policy Fellows with a stipend for the time they spend in Washington.