2018 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School; Summer 2018 Diversity Fellowships and Scholarships

Due February 10:  The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, 2018 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.   For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

Due January 9:  Foster Pepper 1L Diversity Fellowship Summer 2018

Foster Pepper established its own 1L Diversity Fellowship, which provides one summer associate with a paid position in our Seattle office, plus a $7,500 academic scholarship to be applied toward tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year. To further our commitment, Foster Pepper:

  • Recruits and hires the most qualified diverse attorneys.
  • Promotes diverse attorneys to key leadership positions.
  • Maintains a work environment that fosters mutual respect firm-wide.

More info here.

Due February 1: Bricker & Eckler LLP – Charles H. Walker Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Established to provide a first-year law student with a valuable employment experience early in his or her legal career, this scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who: demonstrates leadership skills, academic strength, service to the community, an overall commitment to excellence and who has exhibited a meaningful commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Students who will be 1L students in an ABA-approved law school by January 2018 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. One scholarship in the form of a $10,000 cash award (less any applicable taxes and withholdings) towards law school tuition and other law school related expenses will be awarded. In addition, the scholarship recipient will receive a paid summer associate position for the summer of 2018.

Eligible candidates should forward their résumé with GPA to the attention of Patricia M. Lach, Director of Professional Development, Bricker & Eckler LLP, 100 South Third Street,

Columbus, OH 43215. All résumés must be submitted /received by February 1, 2018.  Scholarship finalists will be interviewed by members of the Firm’s Recruiting Committee and we hope to make the final selection by April 1, 2018.

More info here.

Due January 19 (11:59 PM EST): The 2018 Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program

At Blank Rome, we believe that a diverse and inclusive work force provides better service to our clients and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff. We have therefore made it a priority of the Firm to recruit, retain, and promote attorneys who add to our overall diversity, including attorneys of color and members from the LGBTQ community.

To help meet our commitment to diversity, we launched the Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program (“Program”). The Program, established in 2006, serves to attract outstanding law students to our New York and Washington D.C. offices. Students selected to participate in the Program will be awarded:

  • A ten week salaried summer associate position in our highly regarded Summer Associate Program.
  • A $15,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be paid in two installments: 1) $7,500 for the student’s second-year tuition and expenses, payable in August of 2018, provided the student has received and accepted an offer to join the 2019 Summer Associate Program on a full-time basis; and 2) another $7,500 toward the student’s third-year of law school, provided the student receives and accepts an offer to return to Blank Rome as a full time Associate after graduation.

The scholar will also benefit from the active and committed training and mentorship from Blank Rome partners and associates throughout the Program.

More info here.