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Public Interest Fellowship Library

This is the central page for Michigan Law students applying for such fellowships as the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Echoing Green, and numerous other post-graduate public interest fellowships. Resources are organized according to when they might prove most useful, but we hope you explore, become familiar with and make use of all of the resources.

Public interest fellowships and government Honors Attorney programs provide one to two years of funding for full-time work with a non-profit or government office after graduation.  Students applying to fellowships that require an applicant to apply along with a sponsor to a funding organization should begin considering potential sponsors in the 2L year, as this is a process separate from and completed prior to submitting an application to the funding source in the 3L year. Government Honors Attorney programs are discussed in the Government section of our website.

The Office of Career Planning offers a variety of workshops throughout the academic year to help our students navigate a public service career path. Please see our Speakers Series for upcoming programming and access to programming archived audio.

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1L Resources

  • Fellowships Timeline 
     
  • What are the different kinds of post-graduate fellowships? To learn more about post-graduate fellowships in general, access the resources below.
     
    • Making A Difference Guide: A Law Student's Guide to Public Service, Volume I: Public Interest Careers - OCP's public service guide offers information on choosing a public service practice area, job search strategies and finding funding. 
       
    • Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide Vol. I (USA) 17th ed.- available in hard copy in the Career Planning Library - 1100 South Hall. 
       
    • Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide Vol. II (International) 7th ed.- available in hard copy in the Career Planning Library 1100 South Hall. 
       
    • It is always worth mining information from other law schools' public service offices. Georgetown has a fellowships page. Yale also has a very useful fellowships guide. Harvard has a series of specialty career guides on topics ranging from immigration law to environmental law.
       
  • For more in-depth information on post-graduate fellowships access the resources below. 
     
    • MLS' Job Bulletin - This is a datbase listing of available internships, fellowships, clerkships, and firm employment for our students and alumni.  
       
    • PSLawNet- A clearinghouse for information and resources on legal and law-related post-graduate fellowships, and the preparation and application process. 
       
    • Foundation Center's database allows you to search for foundations that fund in your practice area. The University of Michigan Graduate Library maintains a subscription for University of Michigan students. When logging on from a U of M computer, you automatically access the Center's database. Off-campus use requires Kerberos authentication. 
       
    • Equal Justice Works, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, and Echoing Green are some of the fellowships offered each year. 
       
  • Fellowships 101 for 1Ls 
     
  • List of Michigan Law School Public Service Fellowship Recipients 
     
2L Resources
  • Fellowships Timeline 
     
  • Tips from Past Applicants 
     
  • Fellowships 201 
     
  • Looking for a Sponsoring Organization? 
     
    • MLS' Job Bulletin - This is a datbase listing of available internships, fellowships, clerkships, and firm employment for our students and alumni. 
       
    • PSLawNet - A clearinghouse for information and resources on legal and law-related post-graduate fellowships, and the preparation and application process. 
       
    • Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide Vol. I (USA) 17th ed. - available in hard copy in the Career Planning Library - 1100 South Hall. 
       
    • Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide Vol. II (International) 7th ed. - available in hard copy in the Career Planning Library located in 1100 South Hall. 
       
    • Harvard has a series of specialty career guides on topics ranging from immigration law to environmental law. 
       
    • Foundation Center's database allows you to search for foundations that fund in your practice area. The University of Michigan Graduate Library maintains a subscription for University of Michigan students. When logging on from a U of M computer, you can automatically access the Center's database. Off campus use requires Kerberos authentication. 
       
  • Public Service Network - The Network has listings for alumni that have received public service fellowships. These listings include a description of the project, the name of the organization they paired with and contact information for the alumnus. Using the Search page search for a part or all of the Fellowship's name such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Coffin, BPI, etc.
     
  • Approaching a sponsor 
     
3L Resources
  • Fellowship Timeline 
     
  • Writing an application 
     
  • Preparing for an interview 
     
    • Sample questions and students' tips for a Skadden interview and an EJW interview. Note: While some of these tips are specific to Skadden or EJW, many of them apply to any fellowship interview so we encourage you to look at both documents.  
       
    • Arrange a mock interview (email us) 
       
      • Describe the topic of your project or the agency to which you are applying, list 5-10 times you are available, and your contact info. 
         
Interested in applying for a fellowship?

    Contact OCP for a counseling appointment
    Online       schedule online
    In person  1100 South Hall            
    By phone   734.764.0546

    Are you a Michigan Law 2L, 3L, or clerking alumnus pursuing public service fellowships?

    Subscribe to the fellowship e-mail group by emailing Alyson Robbins




     
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