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Deadline: 5 pm December 3, 2018

Eligibility: 3Ls and Judicial Law Clerks; must be able to remain in jurisdiction where you propose project

Number of fellowships awarded: one per year

The David A. Grossman (DAG) Fund Fellowship was established in 2015 in memory of David Abraham Grossman, a clinical professor at HLS and a lifelong advocate for social justice. The DAG Fund awards one $50,000 fellowship annually to a law student or judicial law clerk who demonstrates exceptional promise as a public interest attorney to work at an existing nonprofit. The DAG Fund prioritizes community/movement-based lawyering and law and organizing projects.

The DAG Fund will not fund a fellow at an organization which is hiring for entry level positions involving similar work. If your host organization has current entry level hiring, please include a statement in your application describing how the fellowship project you are proposing is substantially different than the position(s) for which the organization is hiring.

To be eligible for the DAG Fund Fellowship, an application must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must:
    • Have demonstrated a consistent commitment to public interest advocacy, especially community/movement-based lawyering and/or law and organizing;
    • Have participated successfully in law school clinics;
    • Have a long-term interest in living in the location of their fellowship;
    • Intend to obtain a law license in the location of their fellowship;
    • Be familiar with and have contacts in the community in which they want to work; and
    • Be willing to be enthusiastic advocates and spokespeople for the DAG Fund.
  • Projects should:
    • Be designed to advance social justice in the areas of poverty, housing, consumer, labor and employment, civil rights, family, immigration, health law, or criminal justice reform;
    • Be based in the United States;
    • Involve community partners, particularly organizing groups; and
    • Be designed to deliver results that are achievable within a year and sustainable.

A select group of candidates will be interviewed in mid-February and notified shortly thereafter.

Recipients are required to obtain health insurance.

Learn more and apply. 

Questions about how this program is administered can be directed to Alexa Shabecoff. Make an appointment with Judy Murciano for assistance with application preparation.