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MLaw Bridge Fellowship Outcomes

At Michigan Law, ensuring that our students are employed in full-time, permanent legal positions is a serious priority.  And, while more than 90 percent of our students are typically employed at graduation, some find they need to bridge the gap between graduation and full-time, permanent legal employment.  The MLaw Bridge Fellowship (MBF) offers experience and peace of mind in transition and provides 3Ls who are actively seeking, but have not yet obtained full-time employment, with substantive work in their desired job sector and location.  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 law sector, or requires bar passage prior to the start date.  Fellowships are awarded for up to 12 months and require full-time work at a government agency (federal, state, or local) or nonprofit organization.

In many instances, the MBF opportunities our graduates pursue lead directly to permanent employment.  For the Class of 2014, we have had nine Fellows receive permanent jobs from their MBF placements.  Fellowship recipients have worked for numerous organizations.

As one graduate wrote, when reporting that he had secured a post-fellowship position at a state Attorney General's Office over stiff competition:

I really, really wanted to pursue a career in the public sector, and the Postgraduate Fellowship program was definitely central to making that possible. There were over 270 applicants, and they interviewed 18, the vast majority of whom had more experience than I do. Had I not already been working here [as a postgraduate fellow] and proving that I could litigate against more experienced attorneys, there is no way I would have been seriously considered.

 

These Fellowships accomplished exactly what we set out to do, to provide the experience necessary to make the Fellows more marketable for post-fellowship opportunities, which they obtained. Please see the table below for information on the post-fellowship jobs for the Class of 2014. 

 

Post-Fellowship Employment* Number of Graduates
 Business

 03

 Government

 04

 Judicial Clerkship

 05

 Law Firm

 05

 Nonprofit

 08

 Prosecutor/Defender

 05

 Unemployed

 03

 Continuing Education

 01

 Temporary

 01

 
TOTAL

 
 35

 

 
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