Summer Fellowship in Child Welfare Law – Application Deadline February 10

February 4, 2014

For the 19th year, the University of Michigan Law School and the Bergstrom Foundation are sponsoring a Child Welfare Law Fellowship Program where students are brought to Ann Arbor for three days of training (May 19-21, 2014) and then placed for ten weeks in child welfare law offices throughout the nation. Students who have completed their first year of law school but who have not yet graduated are eligible. Applications are due February 10, 2014. 

The primary goal of the fellowship program is to improve legal education, practice and policy in the area of child welfare law. The fellowship is committed to inspiring law students to pursue careers in this specialty. The three days of interdisciplinary training provide insight into the field and prepare students for their experiences with child welfare offices representing parents, children, social service agencies or child welfare policy organizations. The fellows will learn the basic law of child protection and foster care as well as the interdisciplinary perspectives so important to successful lawyering in this field, including hearing from experts in child development, child sexual abuse, and drug addiction. Many fellows say one of the best things about the training is meeting and forming a network with other like-minded law students from around the country. The Bergstrom Foundation will fund travel expenses for the participants (up to $600.00), housing during the fellowship training and meals.

The application form and further information, including photos and bios of past fellows, are available on the web site: Students interested in applying for summer fellowships should send a letter of interest, two references, resume and application by February 10, 2014. If you have any further questions, please contact our Training Coordinator, Alicia Lixey, at (734) 763-6750 or e-mail her at

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