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Immigrant Justice Corps, Deadline: October 20, 2023

Immigrant Justice Corps. Demonstrate a strong commitment to immigration work and policy reform. Highlight proficiency in languages other than English, cultural competence, trauma-sensitive interview skills, and direct representation. Mention stakeholders, movement lawyering, and collaborative work in high pressured settings with diverse individuals and age groups. Indicate readiness to take the bar. Contact your top-choice organizations to express interest. Sign up for advising with Judy Murciano by making a Fellowship appointment.

E. Barrett Prettyman and Stuart Stiller Fellowship, Deadline: Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2023 

Directed by Georgetown Law, Fellows provide quality representation at PDS to adults and adolescents accused of crimes, while developing skills as a clinical instructor. Emphasize long-term commitment to PD work and racial justice. Apply early for its rolling deadline. Submit all essay drafts for review well in advance of the deadline. Sign up for advising with Judy Murciano by making a Fellowship appointment.

Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Program Opportunity for Early Decision PSVF Org-Based Fellowships

Deadline: September 22, 2023, 11:59 pm Eastern. The Gideon's Promise Law School Partnership Project is a fellowship that provides recent law school graduates committed to a career in public defense with continuing legal education (C.L.E.) training and guaranteed permanent employment in a partner public defense office upon program completion. Note that, if you are selected as a Gideon’s Promise Fellow, you must apply for funding through the Public Service Venture Fund, as Gideon’s Promise positions are otherwise unfunded. As a result, the only offices that are eligible are those that aren’t conducting any entry-level hiring. Eligible offices to date include: Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. 

ACLU, Deadline: (varies by fellowship) October 1, 2023

The ACLU runs multiple different organization-based fellowships for specific targeted litigation (Brennan First Amendment/National Security, Technology, and Privacy; Karpatkin Racial Justice Fellowship is now 2 yrs, etc.). Familiarity with their ongoing litigation and latest policy advocacy, as well as highlighting your writing and research skills, are key for integrating into their team hiring. Sign up for advising with Judy Murciano by making a Fellowship appointment.

Fulbright International Scholarship, Internal Deadline: (varies by country) October 1, 2023

Please note that some deadlines vary by host country. Check the national deadline for your host country to determine which internal deadline you must meet. Project proposal should be endemic to the host country, detailed in methodology, and positioned as a “novel contribution to the field” driven by “why” and “how” questions for critical analysis. Besides the three letters of recommendation for a Fulbright (preferably 2 of the 3 from HLS Faculty), you will need a Letter of Affiliation from the host country (faculty from institute of higher learning/NGO), a language form from someone who has taught the host’s official language, and a Campus Evaluation (discuss with Judy Murciano in a fellowship advising appointment or during drop-in office hours). Submit your drafts for review well in advance of the internal deadline. 

Presidential Management Fellowship, Deadline: September 12-25, 2023. Apply early!

Prepare for the PMF by carefully reading the updated Applicant Handbook with practice questions. Note: 1) Register with your personal Gmail email address, NOT your HLS .edu email address; 2) Request a signed form on HLS letterhead from the HLS Registrar attesting to your status as a student in good standing who is due to graduate by May 2024. This form is critical and must be ready for uploading together with your transcript and resume (and a certification of veterans’ preference, Native American status, or specially granted accommodations)  before you take the PMF exam; 3) Take the exam early and in one sitting. 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Deadline: September 12, 2023

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is looking for a two-year (Aug./Sep. 2024–Aug./Sep. 2026) Constitutional Litigation Fellow who is committed to civil rights, impact litigation, and upholding core First Amendment protections. Your work will include defending the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and racial and religious minorities against religion-based discrimination and oppression. And you will fight to keep religion out of government—including through challenges to religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored religion in the public square.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Deadline: September 12, 2023

EJW Fellows seek to meet the unmet legal needs of marginalized communities in a wide range of issue areas highlighted on their website. Project-driven, the EJW application prioritizes: 1) a clearly defined problem of significant magnitude; 2) an ambitious but feasible means to address the problem with an impactful, creative/innovative concrete strategy; 3) a sustainable and scalable solution; 4) a series of opportunities for engaging the sponsoring firm/corporation in the project. EJW proposals can often serve as a template for many additional fellowships throughout the year. Recommendations sent directly to the EJW portal must be received a week before the deadline. Sign-up for advising with Judy Murciano by making a Fellowship appointment. Please check the EJW site for relevant info sessions and Guide. 

Skadden Fellowship, Deadline: September 8, 2023

Skadden Fellows address civil legal services for low-income individuals to foster economic security and provide access to justice for marginalized communities. Whether you are conducting direct legal services or working on impact systemic change, it is critical to identify clients’ legal needs first and address the racial justice lens of your work overall. Host organizations may attach to their sponsorship letter community and/or media support for the targeted issue. Former and current Fellows can also contribute additional supporting letters for your work. Please consult the Skadden Application page for important dates. Sign-up early for mock interviews with Judy Murciano by selecting Fellowship Advising when making an appointment. Semi-finalists often design colorful one-page handouts for their interviews.

V-PIIP Employer Snapshot: Nonprofit/Legal Services

Learn more about the nonprofit and legal services employers recruiting through V-PIIP. Review these resources to help you prepare your bid list and get a snapshot of currently registered employers.

Learn about the Virtual Public Interest Interview Program (V-PIIP)!

Over 120 organizations have signed up to participate in this year's Virtual Public Interest Interview Program (V-PIIP), either through virtual interviewing or resume collection! Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to apply for summer and postgraduate positions with public interest organizations all across the country.

Review our resources to help you prepare for the program. We will continue to send you important information and updates throughout the summer, including news on new employer registrations, which extends through August. Please schedule an appointment with an OPIA adviser to help you prepare for the program.

Small Changes to Improve Our Job Postings

We have added a couple of new elements to our weekly alumni digest to improve the navigation and to help you find the job opportunities you are interested in.

• We have added a new category in our job postings for remote jobs. You will find it at the end of the alumni digest, after international jobs.
• We have also added jump links to each job category at the top of the job postings, which will allow for easier navigation.

Contribute to Our Alumni Speak Series

Dear Alums! 
 
Alumni Speak is a series of reflections from our public interest alumni. Periodically throughout the year, we share with students your thoughts on law school, life, jobs, and getting it all done with resilience, intentionality, and confidence.   

This series is a resounding success!  We hear from students that your messages come at just the right time to help them navigate the many challenging aspects of law school and career planning. 

Please help us build this series even further by sharing more wisdom!

Work-Life Balance: How do you manage the demands of your job while having a life outside of work?  What are your strategies?  What advice do you have for a student who is focused on finding the right balance? 

How I Got My First Post-Graduate Public Interest Job/Fellowship:  What would you say was the most important step to landing your first public interest job/fellowship (excluding clerkships)? Who or what helped you along the way?  How did you manage the search with demands of school/your current job and life?  

Please submit content through our Alumni Speak Survey. Please note that we may edit content slightly for format or style but will endeavor to maintain the spirit of your message.  As always, we are grateful for your support of OPIA and our students. Our public interest community has a strong history of paying it forward and we appreciate your help to guide the next generation of lawyers!

OPIA’s Social Justice Library (and How You Can Help)

Looking for a small way to contribute to the public interest legacy at HLS and encourage the next generation of public interest lawyers? OPIA is excited to announce the creation of a social justice library, a space in our suite that we hope will inspire students and facilitate community-building among public interest-minded students and alumni.
Find out how you can help!

PSVF Fellow: Ji Yoon Kang (J.D. ’20)

Asylum Access Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia At Harvard Law School, Ji Yoon spent two semesters in the International Human Rights Clinic, working on projects to…