Lawyers for America Fellowship opportunities are made available by participating law schools to their own students. Each law school makes partnership arrangements with government agencies and/or nonprofit legal organizations, and those partners select students for each available position. Because students selected as fellows will spend their entire third year engaged in clinical work, with limited units available for additional coursework, prospective fellows need to be counseled about, and attentive to, their course selections for second year. Final fellow selections are likely to be made in the late fall or winter of the 2L year.
Fellows work full-time for their LfA partner site during their third year of law school, working business hours and on the schedule of their fellow workers rather than that of their fellow students. Their ability to enroll in seminars or other courses at their law school during 3L year will depend upon the nature and location of their placement. After graduation, Fellows will have a break to study for and take a bar examination, and a short vacation. Fellows will then complete their fellowship obligation by working for a year at their fellowship site, receiving a modest salary and health insurance. LfA Fellows are tuition-paying students during their 3L year who are supervised by clinical faculty as well as by attorneys at their placement site. They enroll in both the relevant clinical course and in the classroom component for that course. 3L Fellows are eligible for scholarships and need-based financial aid. Post-graduate fellows are likely to be eligible for public interest loan reimbursement programs.
Fellows leave law school with almost a year of full-time work experience under their belt and finish their Fellowship with almost two years (approximately 20 months) of work experience at the same workplace. This extensive experience, the skills it develops, and the availability of recommendations from people truly familiar with their lawyering skills are a great boon to Fellows in their search for post-fellowship employment. In addition, the experience will help Fellows succeed in those post-fellowship jobs. During their fellowship, Fellows will be serving society by helping to provide legal services to the public through their work at participating nonprofits and government agencies. Fellows will have been able to sample other workplaces as well: both 1L and 2L summers are available for other job or volunteer opportunities.
Law students and prospective law students interested in the Lawyers for America program should check whether their law school is planning to participate in the LfA program.
Feel free to contact us if you would like more information about LfA.
Read current placement sites' partner proposals (describing a fellowship at their office) and find the link to the application for the Class of 2018.