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MLaw Legal Practitioner Fellowship

Beginning in 2017, the Law School is replacing the MLaw Bridge Fellowship with the MLaw Legal Practitioner Fellowship--a more comprehensive yearlong postgraduate fellowship program.  Fellowships are awarded to eligible J.D. graduates and allow them to begin their career in a public service institution while building their professional network, and continuing the career exploration process.  Fellows are required to work full-time at a nonprofit organization or government agency (federal, state, or local) and expected to participate in professional development and networking programs as well.  Depending on the timing of the award, some Fellows will also be eligible for an advance to offset bar exam expenses.  For the class of 2017, the total compensation for a MLaw Legal Practitioner Fellow can reach $40,000.

Fellows are required to work in organizations that will advance their career goals and provide practical experience.  The Office of Career Planning will work with fellowship applicants, in conjunction with our active alumni community, in finding an eligible organization that fits the design and purpose of the program.  The Fellowship is particularly valuable, for example, for students whose intended future employer hires only as positions become available, such as in the public interest sector, or requires bar passage prior to the start date.  In many instances, graduates continue working with their fellowship organization on a permanent basis. 

Click here for application instructions and additional program details.

Representative MLaw Legal Practitioner Fellowship Employers

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago (Chicago, IL)
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (Houston, TX)
American Immigration Council (Washington, D.C.)
Brennan Center for Justice (New York, NY)
California Attorney General, Antitrust Division (Sacramento, CA)
Chicago City Law Department - Corporate Counsel (Chicago, IL)
Cook County Public Defender (Chicago, IL)
Children's Law Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Detroit, MI)
Federal Communications Commission (Washington, D.C.)
Federal Trade Commission (New York, NY)
Hon. Joan Lefkow, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago, IL)
Hon. Jason B. Libby, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas (Corpus Christi, TX)
Illinois Finance Authority (Chicago, IL)
Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, D.C.)
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
Legal Aid Society of New York (New York, NY)
Legal Services of South Central Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (Los Angeles, CA)
New York City Law Department (New York, NY)
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Tacoma, WA)
San Francisco Public Defenders (San Francisco, CA)
Orange County District Attorney (Santa Ana, CA)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva, Switzerland)
U.S. Coast Guard, JAG (Washington, D.C.)
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy & Commerce (Washington, D.C.)
Victim Rights Law Center (Boston, MA)

Click here for a full list of employers that have participated in MLaw's post-graduate fellowship programs.