Applying for the Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship

The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship provides two graduating NYU Law JD students with the opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization.

Applications for 2022-2023 Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellowship with The Global Justice Clinic and Namati will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 8, 2021. Interviews will be held November 10, 2021. Partner interviews will be held the week of November 15, 2021.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1) a short personal statement (500 words maximum) describing the applicant’s relevant experience, interest in the work of the organization, and future aspirations;

2) two letters of recommendation, including one letter from a current or former professor or other person associated with NYU School of Law and one letter from a supervisor or employer familiar with the applicant’s human rights work or recent work experience;

3) a résumé

4) law school transcript

5) writing sample

Application Instructions

Submit all materials by e-mail to  Recommenders may email letters directly to this email address.


The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications and select finalists to be interviewed by the organizations. Factors the committee will consider include:

a) the applicant’s human rights experience (in law school courses, extracurricular activities, summer jobs, and full-time work);

b) the applicant’s leadership capabilities and likely future commitment to human rights work; and

c) the applicant’s interest in and commitment to the organization’s work.

About The Global Justice Clinic

The Global Justice Clinic engages in work to prevent, challenge, and redress rights violations related to global inequality. Recognizing that our location at a well-resourced law school in the Global North gives us unique opportunities for advocacy and accountability, we seek to build partnerships with communities, grassroots organizations, and human rights groups negatively impacted by Northern-based governments, companies, and institutions. Working on cases and projects that involve domestic and cross-border human rights violations, the deleterious impacts of conduct by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels, students engage in human rights investigation, advocacy, and litigation in domestic and international settings. Serving as partners, legal advisers, counsel, or co-counsel, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from the United States and around the world. The Global Justice Clinic is committed to working in a rights-based manner and uses legal empowerment strategies aimed at enhancing the capacity and agency of those most directly impacted by human rights violations.

About Namati

Namati advances social and environmental justice by building a movement of people to know, use, and shape the law. Namati works in partnership with community paralegals — sometimes known as “grassroots advocates” or “barefoot lawyers” — in six countries. The paralegals support their communities to protect common lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Together with the communities we serve, we strive to translate the lessons from this grassroots experience into positive, large-scale changes to laws and systems. Namati’s Global Programs team collaborates with each of our country teams to refine program strategy, support learning through grassroots experimentation, and develop new initiatives that strengthen our core areas of focus. We provide hands-on support while fostering comparative learning on legal empowerment across all of the places where we work.  The Global Programs Fellow supports the team by conducting targeted research and contributing to the development of new content. The Fellow will divide his or her time between a primary substantive project and general support across the team’s ongoing initiatives.