Any 3L and Judicial Law Clerk who has not been employed for post-graduate work at another organization prior to clerking may apply for a fellowship at an existing nonprofit or government agency.
Up to four spots are open to LL.M. and S.J.D. students. Because the mission of the PSVF is to provide opportunities for HLS students/graduates who are trying to launch their public interest careers but have not yet been able to secure a position, LL.M.s are eligible to apply if the student obtained:
- An LL.B. (or equivalent) fewer than five years before May 1st of the year the student matriculated at HLS.
- An LL.B. (or an equivalent) plus an Advanced Law Degree (e.g., a J.D. or an LL.M.) fewer than two years before May 1st of the year the student matriculated at HLS. For purposes of determining eligibility, post-LL.B. bar training certificates (e.g., B.L. or PCLL) do not count as “Advanced Law Degrees.”
Exception: LL.M. applicants from countries where the legal system is in such turmoil that they could not acquire legal experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests for exceptions should be submitted well in advance of the application deadline (no less than a month) firstname.lastname@example.org as they need to be vetted by a committee of experts.
Host organizations must comply with the PSVF Organization-Based Fellowship Host Organization Guidelines.
Students can apply to be staff attorneys at their host organization or can propose a specialized project.
Those eligible for both the Organization-Based Fellowships and the Seed Grants may apply for both, submitting a separate application for each fellowship.