February 16, 2015


Application deadline: February 27, 5:00 pm

Fellowship Description

The law firm of Covington & Burling LLP (“Covington”) funds annual Fellowships for graduates of Washington, D.C. law schools and the University of Maryland’s School of Law to work as staff attorneys with Neighborhood Legal Services Program for the District of Columbia (“NLSP”). Since 1964, NLSP has provided free legal services in civil cases to indigent residents of the District of Columbia. The Westwood Fellowship Program was established and named in honor of the Firm’s deceased partner, Howard Westwood, who helped to found and preserve NLSP and legal services programs nationally. Each graduate awarded a Westwood Fellowship must commit to serve as an NLSP staff attorney for at least one year, with an option to apply for renewal of the Fellowship at the end of the first year. Covington provides funds through NLSP to cover salaries and other benefits for Fellowship recipients, as described below.

All third-year students attending accredited law schools in the District of Columbia and the University of Maryland’s School of Law, as well as lawyers who have received a J.D. degree from those schools within the preceding two years are eligible to apply for this Fellowship. The criteria for selection as a Westwood Fellow include: (1) a commitment to serving the indigent; (2) strong academic performance; (3) clinical or other relevant experience; and (4) an interest in practicing in the District of Columbia.

Salary and Benefits

Westwood Fellows are currently paid $40,000 for law school graduates and $41,500 for persons with relevant post law school experience. They receive all employment benefits available to NLSP staff attorneys. The Fellowship will reimburse Fellows for expenses incurred in taking the bar examination and a DC bar review course in preparation for the bar examination. Reimbursement is not retroactive and is not available to candidates who are already licensed in any jurisdiction. Recipients of the Westwood Fellowships are employees of NLSP, not Covington.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying for a Covington & Burling LLP Westwood Fellowship should complete the application form and email it to the address indicated on the form. Applications must be e-mailed by 5:00 pm on February 27, 2015. Copies of the application form may be obtained below as well as from the Career Development Office at the above-listed law schools.

Primary selection criteria include:
1. The applicant’s commitment to serving the poor;
2. The applicant’s academic record;
3. Any prior experience the applicant may have in public service work, including
participation in a law school clinical program;
4. The applicant’s interest in practicing law in the District of Columbia; and
5. Up to three letters of recommendation from law school professors, judges, practicing lawyers
or others in a position to comment on the applicant’s aptitude for a position at NLSP.

Renewal of the Fellowship for a second year will be based on the Fellow’s job performance.

More information is available at http://www.nlsp.org/2015-westwood-fellowship.


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