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Finding the Right Fellowship For You

An important component of your fellowship search is your own self-assessment.

Evaluating your goals, strengths and skills, and what you want out of your job, will get you one step closer to obtaining the job of your dreams. Here are some questions to consider:

Personal Goals

  • Why are you interested in pursuing a fellowship?
  • What is your dream job?
  • How will a fellowship help you accomplish your goal(s)?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  • Is there a particular organization you want to work for?
  • Is there a social or legal issue that you want to work on?
  • Is there an underrepresented community that you want to serve?

Type of Work

  • What kind of work do you enjoy doing? (e.g., litigation, counseling, education, advocacy, legislation, etc.)
  • What practice areas or subject areas interest you?
  • What do you want to accomplish? What kind of impact do you want to have?
  • Do you want to work on a variety of projects at one time, or focus on one project? What would that project, or those projects, be?

Work Environment

  • Do you prefer a fast-paced or slower-paced environment?
  • Do you want to work in a large organization, or with a smaller group?
  • Will you be able to travel for work, and how frequently?

Co-workers & Clients

  • Do you like to work as a team or independently, or both?
  • How much supervision do you prefer?
  • Do you want to directly represent individual clients, and have client contact?
  • Would you want to do more broad-based work such as impact cases or policy work?

Location

  • Where do you want to work?
  • Are there particular cities or geographic areas you prefer?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • What type of environment do you prefer? (e.g., being in the office, court, out in the community, etc.)

Timing

  • When do you plan to start, and when do you plan to stop? (e.g., is this the beginning of a career dedicated to a certain issue or group, or is it the first step in a path toward another type of work?)
  • Are you willing and able to make the one or two year commitment?