Public Interest Law Center

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunities for NYU Law Students

NYU Law offers a wide variety of post-graduate fellowships exclusively for its JD and LLM graduates, to help support the launch of their legal careers.

Civil Rights

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 Fellowship at the Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice. Every other year, a selection committee awards a two-year fellowship to work with the Brennan Center on litigation, public education, research, and scholarship. The Katz Fellowship is open to graduating students and recent alumni, and applications are generally accepted during the fall of even-numbered years to commence the following fall. Application for the fellowship will next open in fall 2024, and will be posted on the Brennan Center's Careers Page.

Criminal Justice

Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Fellowship (JD only)

The Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Fellowship is a three-year fellowship that provides recent law school graduates committed to a career in public defense with continuing legal education training and guaranteed permanent employment in a partner public defender office upon program completion. NYU Law nominates one fellow to apply each year. Applications are generally due in August.

Education Law

Warren Sinsheimer Children's Rights Fellowship

The Sinsheimer Fellowship funds one graduating or recently graduated NYU JD or LLM student to work for one year at Mobilization for Justice's Warren Sinsheimer Children’s Rights Program, providing legal representation and advice to parents of students with disabilities seeking appropriate special education services and school placements from the New York City Department of Education. Applications are due November 22, 2023.


New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship

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.

International & Human Rights

Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights

The Bernstein Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating JD or LLM, or 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 due November 17, 2023.

Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship 

Created in 2008, the Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship supports one or more graduating students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in international human rights law. Applicants are invited to design legal projects in partnership with a host organization of their choice 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. Applications are due February 23, 2024.

International Court of Justice Judicial Fellow Programme 

NYU Law nominates at least one graduating student or recent graduate to work for 10 months as an International Court of Justice Judicial Fellow 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. 

International Finance and Development Fellowships (LLM only)

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.

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship (JD only)

The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship provides two graduating JD students with the opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization. Applications generally open in the fall.

International Law and Human Rights Fellowships

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), in cooperation with the Institute for International Law and Justice, administers a fellowship program for selected NYU School of Law students that combines academic and practical experience in international law and human rights. More information on the program, including the application process and deadline, can be found on CHRGJ’s website here.

Women's Rights

NYU Reproductive Justice and Women's Rights Fellowship (JD Only)

The NYU RJWR Fellowship provides funding to graduating JDs to work with an organization, in the United States or abroad, doing work that focuses on advancing the rights of women and/or reproductive justice. Applicants must partner with a public interest host organization to develop and submit a project proposal. The fellowship is for one year, and applications are generally due in early March.

General Public Interest Law

Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (JD only)

The Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship is awarded annually to one NYU Law graduate to execute a public service fellowship project for one year in New York City. The project must be one that addresses a serious human need, and must principally and directly benefit New York City resident. Fellows are selected for their personal integrity and potential to make a positive contribution to the community. Application Deadline: February 5, 2024

NYU Public Interest Law Center Fellowship (JD only)

The NYU PILC Fellowship provides funding to graduating JDs to execute a legal project will address and critical legal need, in the United States or abroad. Applicants must partner with a public interest host organization to develop and submit a project proposal. The fellowship is for one year, and applications are generally due in early March.

LLM Public Interest Fellowship (LLM only)

Current NYU Law LLM students are invited to apply for the LLM Public Interest Fellowship. Four fellows will be selected to do 12 weeks of work at a host organization. Each Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $7000. Applications are generally due in March.