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Deadline: 5 pm November 4, 2019

Eligibility: Any member of the HLS class of 2017-present (J.D.s, LL.M.s, and S.J.D.s)

Number of fellowships awarded: one per year

Thanks to the generosity of the Harvard Law Review, HLS is able to offer an annual $65,000 fellowship to cover a year of work at a nonprofit or government agency. The fellow may work in a public interest–related role at any government agency or nonprofit organization, except for private public interest firms and courts (although a fellow may work for a war crimes court).

To be eligible for the Harvard Law Review Public Interest Fellowship, an application must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must demonstrate an interest in a long-term public service career. The strongest applicants will demonstrate prior public interest experience (see below), describe how they intend to serve the public interest via their fellowship, and show how they intend to build on the fellowship to develop a career in the public interest.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a prior interest and involvement in public service. Such interest can be demonstrated via internships, clinical placements, and/or volunteer work; before, during, and/or after law school.
  • The sponsoring organization must demonstrate effectiveness in addressing the needs of marginalized communities.
  • The applicant must show an ability to serve marginalized communities through their proposed work. This may include experience working within marginalized communities, experience providing direct representation, and/or legal research and writing ability, depending on the relevance of each to the proposed fellowship.

During the term of the fellowship the fellow will be expected to produce a piece of scholarship on a topic inspired by their fellowship work to be published on the HLR Forum.

A very limited number of candidates will be selected for an interview during the week of December 16, 2019.  The selected fellow will be notified shortly thereafter.

Learn more and apply.

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