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Postgraduate Fellowships Comparison Chart

A comparison of the most popular post-graduate fellowships available for JD students.  This summary will give you the relevant eligibility requirements, type of work, award amounts, benefits, application process and deadlines.  Use this chart along with your employer profile research to determine the best program and host for you.

Program Eligibility Type of Work Application Process Award Amount Benefits Deadline
Equal Justice Works (EJW) Graduating law students, recent law grads, or private sector attorneys transitioning to public interest. Candidates may not have held a fulltime, permanent, public interest attorney position. Fellows select their own host organization and work with them to design an innovative two-year public interest project that serves and addresses any pressing legal issue. Any project except standard criminal         defense or international work is eligible. Application includes: Project proposal, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, 3 professional references. Equal Justice Works staff and alumni review and score applications. High-scoring candidates are invited to interview with prominent private sector sponsors interested in funding their project. Interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis during the winter and spring. Offers are made shortly after interviews on a rolling basis. Apply here. Equal Justice Works will provide up to $50,000 towards the Fellow’s salary. If the salary exceeds $50,000, then the organization must provide the remaining amount. Equal Justice Works LRAP (up to $5,000/year); 3-day leadership training in Washington, DC with national experts; dedicated staff contact for entire two-year term; Fellows are entitled to their host organization’s standard employee benefits package. Mid-September
Skadden Foundation (Skadden) Recent law school graduates; outgoing judicial law clerks; and public interest LL.M. candidates. Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply. Must submit Fellowship Application plus the following:
  1. 3 Essays
  2. Official or Unofficial Law School Transcript
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation - one academic and one professional
  4. Commitment Letter from Host Organization
  5. 501(c)3 Tax-exempt Status Qualifying Letter
  6. Resume
The potential Host Organization must be a 501(c)(3) with at least two attorneys on staff who provide civil legal services full-time. Proposals cannot be for work involving criminal representation. 
Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary of approx. $54,000.

Skadden will cover certain benefits that the Fellow woulld be entitled to as a staff attorney at the Host Organization. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low-income protection plan, Skadden         will provide loan assistance for law school tuition for the duration of the fellowship.

Soros Advocacy Track I: At least two years of relevant experience, which may include FT and PT employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated) Projects are in criminal justice reform and may range from litigation to public education to coalition-building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research.

Online Submission. Fellowship application materials must be submitted online. Complete applications consist of the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Proposal
  3. Names of Advisory Board members
  4. Names of 3 Recommenders, and
  5. Name of Host Organization (if applicable).

Selected finalists will be asked to submit more information about the Advisory Board members, 3 Letters of Recommendation and a Host Organization Commitment Letter. Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, may be undertaken in conjunction with a host organization, and can begin anytime between July and November.

Stipend of $94,500 over 18 months. Award amount is all-inclusive. Funds to attend fellowship-related gatherings
Early November