Current Postgraduate Fellowships
Fellowships Available Exclusively to Columbia Law School Graduates Include:
- Greater China Public Interest Fellowship (2016)
The Greater China Public Interest Fellowship is designed to provide meaningful opportunities in public interest law in greater China. The Greater China Public Interest Fellowship will be awarded to one member of the Columbia Law School J.D. or LL.M. program, either from the current or a recent graduating class, to spend one year working with a public interest organization in China. Check back for the 2017 application.
- Herbert and Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship (2017)
This Fellowship honors class of 1928 graduate Herbert Singer and his commitment to providing support to meaningful learning experiences in public interest law. This annual Fellowship will help launch the social justice career of a J.D. Columbia Law graduate who demonstrates substantial commitment, ability and preparation for making a difference as a public interest lawyer by providing a stipend to be a staff attorney or do your own project at a not-for-profit organization in the United States. The Fellow must begin work within five months after graduation or completion of a clerkship. Proposals for the fellowship are due by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November, 14th, 2016. Click here for the 2017 Fellowship notice and application.
- Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship (2016)
Kirkland & Ellis offers the Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship to "give something back" to the community and to enhance its relationship with Columbia Law School. The fellowship provides one Columbia student the opportunity for a year of postgraduate public service that meets serious human needs in New York City. Applications for the 2016 Fellowship are due on January 19, 2016. Click here for more information about this fellowship, including the official fellowship application.
- David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship (2016)
This fellowship honors the Law School’s former Dean (1996-2004) and his commitment to providing meaningful experiences in human rights law. This annual fellowship will enable a Columbia Law School J.D. or LL.M. graduate to spend one year working in human rights either in the United States or abroad, in pursuit of a career in human rights law, whether in academic life; in governmental, intergovernmental or nongovernmental organizations or agencies; or as legal practitioners specializing in human rights work. Check back for the 2017 application.
- Mark Haas Public Interest Fellowship (2016)
This fellowship supports a graduating student or recent J.D. or LL.M. graduate from mainland China or Hong Kong to pursue public interest legal work in the United States for up to five months. Click here for more the 2016 Fellowship notice and application.
- Millstein Public Service Fellowship (2017)
This fellowship honors Jim Millstein ’82, who served as the Chief Restructuring Officer in the United States Department of Treasury during the financial crisis of 2008 and his father, Ira Millstein ’49, who founded the Systemic Risk Council, a private sector initiative to ensure that legislators and regulators remained vigilant in addressing the underlying causes of the crisis. This annual fellowship will provide a stipend to a recent Columbia Law School graduate who demonstrates substantial commitment, ability and preparation for making a difference to do substantive legal work on issues related to financial regulation in the United States Congress or in an Executive Branch agency. Applications for the Millstein Fellowship are due by 3:00pm on Monday, November 14th, 2016. Click here for the notice and application.
- Sandler/Human Rights Watch Fellowship (2017)
Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, has created the Sandler Fellowship for a Columbia Law graduate from the J.D. program in honor of Judge Leonard Sandler ’50. The fellow will spend one year in either the New York or Washington, D.C. office monitoring human rights developments in various countries, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports on human rights conditions, and engaging in advocacy aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. Sandler Fellowship Information and Application Procedures
- Postgraduate Social Justice and Government Fellowship
J.D. graduates who demonstrate a serious commitment to and preparation for careers as public interest lawyers are eligible for Social Justice Fellowships. The one-year fellowships are designed to allow graduates to gain experience, skills, and valuable contacts and also provide talented young lawyers to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are confronting great demand and diminished resources.
Fellowships that Prioritize Columbia Law School Graduates:
- Chadbourne & Parke/The Door Legal Services Center (2017)
For this fellowship, Chadbourne & Parke sponsors a fellow to work on-site at The Door for a period of approximately 16 months. Located in SoHo, The Door is New York's premier youth development agency, and serves young people, ages 12 to 21, primarily from low-income families. Click here for more information.
- The CRR-CLS Fellowship
The Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School offer a two-year, postgraduate fellowship designed to prepare recent law school graduates for legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center and the Law School and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs. The CRR-CLS Fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for up to two full years. Please check back for fellowship application.
- Cochran Civil Rights Fellowship (2014)
Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a public interest law firm in New York City, offers a two-year Cochran Civil Rights Fellowship to litigate civil rights and constitutional cases that promote systemic reforms in police departments and other large private and public institutions throughout the United States. Click here for the full fellowship description and application instructions for 2014.
- Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho Social Justice Fellowship (2015)
This civil rights law firm in Oakland, California, offers a two-year fellowship exclusively to a graduate of one of four law schools to litigate plaintiffs' complex class-action cases, including employment discrimination, wage and hour disputes, and disability access cases. Click here for full fellowship description and application instructions for 2015.
If you have questions about postgraduate fellowships, please contact Maddie Kurtz, Director of Public Interest Programs.
Public Interest Enhanced LRAP Fellowships Available Exclusively to Columbia Law School Graduates
Enhanced LRAP Fellowships are awarded to students who have demonstrated dedication to and exceptional promise for leadership in public interest law. These fellowships cover all loans up to the cost of law school tuition for fellows whose annual income does not exceed $100,000, and the schedule of forgiveness is accelerated beyond that of the typical LRAP arrangement. They include the Lowenstein Fellowship, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP Fellowship, and Berger Fellowship.
These are the fellowships offered in 2016:
For more information on these fellowships, including deadlines and application forms, visit our Loan Repayment Assistance Program page.