Project Based Fellowships

Project-based fellowships allow fellows to develop projects to serve unmet legal needs in a particular area of interest. Typically, applicants propose their own projects, often in conjunction with an existing organization. In some cases, applicants may apply for support to start a new organization. These fellowships are funded by a third-party organization, allowing the fellow to work -- usually on a specific project -- with a host organization.

EXAMPLES:

Equal Justice Works Fellowships  

  • Fellows work on issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care and consumer fraud. 
  • There are four components of an Equal Justice Fellowship: a project, a fellow, a host organization, and one or more sponsors. 
  • Students must find their host organization before they apply to Equal Justice Works. The fellowships require a two-year commitment and may take place anywhere in the country. 
  • Applications are due in September of your third year and are available starting in July. 
  • For more detailed information, and application materials, please visit website  

Skadden Fellowship Foundation  

  • Fellows provide legal services to the poor, elderly, homeless and disabled, as well as those deprived of their human rights or civil rights. Fellows have also worked on issues concerning economic development and community renewal. 
  • Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year. 
  • Applicants must find a public interest 501(c)(3) organization to sponsor them before they apply for a fellowship 
  • Applications are due in October of your third year or during a judicial clerkship.
  • For more detailed information, and application materials, please visit website