The University of Denver College of Law is now accepting applications for its graduate fellowship program in clinical legal education. Denver Law’s Master of Laws (LLM) Clinical Teaching Fellowship Program offers attorneys the opportunity to gain extensive practice in law school clinical teaching under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Graduate fellows also learn about academic legal scholarship and, with the assistance of a faculty mentor, produce publishable-quality scholarship during their residence. Fellows receive an annual stipend and are awarded an LLM upon their successful completion of the fellowship. It is the explicit goal of the fellowship to prepare fellows for a career in clinical teaching.

Fellows enroll in a three-year program during which they are in residence at one of Denver Law’s five in-house clinics:  the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Civil Rights Clinic, the Community Economic Development Clinic, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Environmental Law Clinic. Fellows will directly supervise J.D. students enrolled in the clinics, first as co-supervisors with clinic faculty and then on their own. Fellows also assist in teaching clinic seminars and perform work on their own client matters. Additionally, fellows enroll in a clinical pedagogy seminar and other activities designed to support an interest in clinical teaching and legal education. In addition to the above requirements, to complete the degree, the fellow must write a law review article of publishable quality.

Each of Denver Law’s five clinics will offer one clinical teaching fellowship that will commence in the summer of 2018. Clinical Fellows receive an annual stipend of $50,000, health and dental benefits, a waiver of all tuition and fees in the LLM program, and a travel budget for conferences. As full-time students, teaching fellows also may qualify for deferment of their student loans. In addition, teaching fellows may be eligible for loan repayment assistance from their law schools. Fellows are integrated into the intellectual life of the law school and the larger University. They are invited to attend faculty workshops and participate in mentoring sessions.

Qualifications: J.D. or equivalent; minimum 3 years of practice experience in the relevant area of law; excellent written and oral communication skills; strong interest in clinical teaching. Fellows must be members of the Colorado Bar or willing to petition for admission prior to the start date of the fellowship (Colorado permits lawyers teaching in a clinical program to waive into the Bar).

How to apply: To apply for a fellowship, please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • List of references
  • Statement of interest of no more than two pages. The statement should address a) why you are interested in this fellowship; b) what you can contribute to the clinic; c) your experience with the area(s) of law in which the clinic practices and with public interest/social justice work; d) your professional or career goals for the next five or ten years; and e) anything else you consider pertinent.
  • Please note: If you are applying for a fellowship in the Civil Rights Clinic or the Criminal Defense Clinic, please also submit a writing sample that represents recent, challenging legal work. The writing sample should not be a collaborative work or a document significantly edited by someone else.

Please send all application materials via email to Laurie Saraceno at lsaraceno@law.du.edu, and use “LLM Application” as the subject line.

 Deadline: The application deadline is January 26, 2018, though applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by January 12, 2018.

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The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2018-20.  In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows.

The 2018-20 Friedman Fellowships begin in the summer of 2018.  Fellows are assigned to the specific law school clinic that matches their background and experience.  Although different clinics provide Fellows different responsibilities and experiences, each clinic provides a Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students enrolled in the clinic.

The Friedman Fellowship program affords every Fellow the opportunity to learn about 1) clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of engaging in each, 2) teaching and supervising law students engaged in these activities, and 3) participating in a program of study in which these are the primary topics of inquiry.  Throughout their two years in residence, Fellows can receive specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising clinical law students, and in writing scholarship for publication.  The program provides Fellows with mentorship and support from the clinical faculty and administration, and from the law school in general.

We are currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic, clinical, and lawyering experience.  We are especially interested in applications from lawyers with background and experience in the following areas: civil legal aid practice, community economic development law, criminal defense practice, cyberviolence, domestic violence, family law litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, small business and nonprofit law, and transactional law.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $60,000 and are eligible for university employment benefits, such as health insurance, tuition assistance, and other benefits related to law school affiliation.  Fellows must be members of a state bar. Candidates who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver into the D.C. Bar.

By November 30, 2017, each applicant should send a letter of interest, a resume, a list of references, and a complete law school transcript to clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu.  Questions can also be submitted to clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu.  The George Washington University Law School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University undertakes special efforts to employ a diverse workforce.

The University of California, Irvine School of Law is very pleased to announce two new fellowship positions, in our Environmental Law and Immigrant Rights Clinics. These fellowships are designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in the field with mentorship and  to help the attorney to advance a career in public interest law or to launch a career in clinical teaching.

More information about these fellowships and online applications can be accessed through the following links:

Environmental Law Clinic Fellow:  https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04153

Immigrant Rights Clinic Fellow: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04253

If you’re contemplating a new job, you can find over 25 employment listings for public-interest lawyers in the August 2017 issue of the Washington Council of Lawyers Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse

NCLEJ seeks energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work, experience in developing and implementing projects, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to apply for fellowships that would start in September 2018, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and any other relevant fellowships such as those offered by law schools.

See their website at http://nclej.org/jobs-and-internships for links to the full announcement, and  a video and other information about past fellows.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities through ground-breaking, successful litigation and policy work. We work nationwide with low-income individuals, grass roots organizations, and their advocates. Our current advocacy is focused on 1) fighting for the rights of low-income families for economic security; 2) expanding and enforcing employment law protections for low-income workers; 3) defeating unfair and abusive debt collection practices; and 4) using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advance the rights of low-income people.

The latest edition of the Washington Council of Lawyers Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.

Check out local and far-flung public-interest jobs for both recent graduates and experienced practitioners in the June edition of the WCL Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse.