Summer Fellowships for Law School Students
In addition to placements through the Human Rights Internship and Guaranteed Summer Funding programs, Columbia Law School provides other summer funding opportunities listed below.
1L and 2L Fellowships
- Center for Japanese Legal Studies Public Interest Fellowship
The Center for Japanese Legal Studies Public Interest Fellowship is open to first- and second-year law students who demonstrate an interest in public interest law and working in Japan for the summer. Up to two fellowships are available and each will provide a stipend of $10,000 to cover airfare, living, and other expenses for the summer. The deadline to apply is February 18, 2014 at 2pm (Note: This deadline has been extended from the original January 24 deadline). Applications may be emailed to CKirchhoff@law.columbia.edu. Click here for the application.
- John R. Oldham (’83) Fellowship
This fellowship is administered through The Center for Chinese Legal Studies and is available to first- and second-year law students to support summer public interest (including government) work or academic research in greater China. Applications consist of a resume, transcripts, a two-page summary of the proposed project, an estimated budget, and whether funding will be received from another source (such as WEAI). Applications must be submitted to Paulette Roberts (email@example.com).
- Weatherhead East Asian Institute Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for advanced Asian language study during the summer. Details are available here.
- Venable LLP Fellowship
Due to the generous support of the law firm of Venable, LLP and under the leadership of partner and Law School adjunct faculty member Mark Vecchio ’85, Columbia Law School offers a funded public interest fellowship for first-year law students. The fellowship will be awarded to a Columbia Law School student in the J.D. program class of 2015 who demonstrates a commitment to public interest and who is registered in the Guaranteed Summer Funding Program. Click here for the 2014 application.
- Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship
The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship was established in 2011 by the John Paul Stevens Foundation to enable law students to work in public interest summer law positions. Two students are named to the Stevens Fellowship each year; the Fellowship is part of a nation-wide program to honor Justice Stevens' lifelong dedication to improving the justice system.
- Anti-Discrimination Center Summer Fellowships: Private Practice of Public Interest Law (2015)
The Anti-Discrimination Center (ADC) is once again supporting summer fellowships to provide two Columbia students who have completed their second year the opportunity to work at a private law firm in New York City whose practice includes a significant component of plaintiff-side housing or employment discrimination work (private practice in the public interest). For the summer of 2015, the participating firms are Pedowitz & Meister, LLP and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. The Fellowships provide a stipend of $9,000 for 10 weeks of work.
ADC is a civil rights not-for-profit based in New York City and consulting throughout the country. ADC’s motto is “one community, no exclusion,” by which it means that a true, inclusive sense of community requires the crossing of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic borders. ADC’s work includes litigation and advocacy across a broad range of discrimination issues in housing, employment, and public accommodations, and across the complete range of protected class bases. ADC's executive director, Craig Gurian CLS’83, was the principal author of both the comprehensive 1991 revisions to the NYC Human Rights Law and of the 2005 NYC Local Civil Rights Restoration Act. ADC is perhaps best known for the landmark False Claims Act lawsuit ADC brought against Westchester County, a lawsuit that led to a historic housing desegregation consent decree.
Pedowitz & Meister LLP is a five lawyer firm (two partners who have practiced for decades; three associates who have practiced for 3-6 years). About half of our practice is representing current, former, or future employees in a variety of legal issues, including the following areas: discrimination; overtime wages; confidentiality and non-disclosure and non-compete agreements; contracts and the like. We advise, litigate, arbitrate and mediate our clients’ disputes. We anticipate the ADC Summer Law Student Fellow will work with our attorneys on drafting litigation and mediation papers such as briefs, pleadings and discovery matters, and will include – but not be limited to – targeted legal research. The Fellow will also sit in on client meetings and attend depositions if they are scheduled, go to court conferences and mediation sessions, and otherwise experience what employment attorneys do. Interested applicants should send their resume, transcript and one writing sample to: Marisa Warren, Esq., Pedowitz & Meister LLP, 570 Lexington Avenue –18th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Marisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. was founded in 1949 as a union-side labor firm. For decades, the firm has fought for the rights of workers. The Vladeck firm's current practice includes representing individuals and groups or classes of employees in a wide-range of employment law cases, including discrimination, wage and hour, breach of contract and ERISA. The ADC Sumer 2014 Legal Fellow will assist with their discrimination cases, conducting legal research to assist at various stages of representation such as counseling clients, opposing dispositive motions, engaging is discovery disputes, preparing materials for trial, and appeals, as well as assisting attorneys with documents such as pleadings and motions. The Fellow will attend events such as depositions, mediations and court conferences. If there are any trials during the summer, the Fellow will have the opportunity to observe parts of the trial. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Anne Clark, Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., 1501 Broadway, Suite 800, New York, New York 10036, email@example.com. Finalists will be interviewed.
Applications will be due on October 31st. Each participating firm will review applications and conduct interviews in time to permit an offer letter to be transmitted on November 17th. A student who receives an offer will have a week (until November 24th) to respond to the offer. Representatives of ADC and the selected law firms will speak about their civil rights practices and the ADC Fellowship on October 7, 2014 at 12:10 in JG 546.
- Goldstein Demchack Baller Borgen & Dardarian Civil Rights Summer Fellowship
The Oakland, California plaintiffs’ civil rights and environmental justice law firm Goldstein Demchak Baller Borgen & Dardarian offers a summer position to a student from a few schools, including Columbia. The firm also has a post-graduate fellowship.
- Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP Summer Associate Positions
Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a small civil-rights law firm in New York, located in Tribeca, seriously considers second-year Columbia Law students and pre-clerk 3Ls for summer associate positions. Its practice seeks to effect systemic change in policing around the country through 42 U.S.C. 1983 litigation, primarily on two areas of official misconduct: wrongful convictions (on behalf of DNA exonerees) and serious police brutality. The NSB internship provides a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of criminal and civil-rights law at every state of litigation. Funding for 2L students will be matched, and 3Ls will be paid on a hourly basis. Hiring will be on a rolling basis. To apply, email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Debi Cornwall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Summer Funding Programs
- Faculty Research Assistant Positions fund students to work closely with Columbia’s faculty on various projects. Past students’ projects have ranged from a landmark death penalty study to preparation for a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Committee to a book on the rights of crime vicitms.
- Other summer fellowships are listed on PSJD in the “Career Central” section. For any additional questions or concerns regarding summer funding opportunities, please contact Kiran Singh.