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NYU-Dedicated Post-Graduate Fellowships

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. 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. Students and alumni may apply in the Fall of even-numbered years. The next opening will be posted in fall 2020. Learn more about the Katz Fellowship.

International Court of Justice Judicial Fellow Programme

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. Applications are generally due in January. Learn more about the ICJ Judicial Fellow Programme here.

Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service 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.  Applications are generally due in January. Find out more information about this fellowship and submit your application.

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship

The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship will provide three graduating JD students with the opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization. The application will become available in January 2021. Find out more about the application process.

NYS 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 this year's application process.

NYU Public Interest Fellowship

Open to graduating 3Ls, this fellowship requires the candidate to partner with a public interest host organization and to propose either a project that they will execute at the host organization, or an issue of critical need that the fellow will work to address. The fellowship is for one year and begins in September. Applications are generally due in early March.  Learn more about the NYU Public Interest Fellowship.

NYU Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights Fellowship

This is a one-year fellowship for a graduating 3L to work at an organization of their choice, in the United States or abroad, focusing on reproductive justice or women's rights work. Applications are generally due in early March. Learn more about the NYU Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights 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. Applications are generally due in October. Applications may be either mailed in to HRIC's New York office or emailed to fellowships@hrichina.orgLearn more about the Bernstein Fellowship.

Warren Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Fellowship

The Warren Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent NYU Law graduate to serve as an attorney with The Warren Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Program, a unit within Mobilization for Justice.  The fellow will represent New York City children from low-income families with special education needs.  This is a one-year fellowship and applications are generally due in late fall.  Learn more about The Warren Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Fellowship.