Resources and Contacts
Web and Print Resources
- PSLawNet: PSLawNet contains a large, searchable database of organization-based fellowships and sponsoring organizations for project-based fellowships. The database is also helpful for searching organizations that you might consider as hosts for project-based fellowships. There is a calendar of fellowship application deadlines and a resource center with information about the fellowship application process. To access the searchable features of PSLawNet, you will need to create a user account, free of charge.
- Searching Fellowships: Once you have logged in, select go to the search function under “Opportunities on PSLawNet” from the “Job Seeker” tab to access the four searchable categories of fellowships:
- Law Related (legal issues not involving direct-client service);
- Legal (advocacy or direct legal services);
- Non-Legal (e.g., public health, international relations);
- Sponsor (for organizations seeking candidates for project-based fellowships).
- Searching Organizations: You can search the entire database of organizations by using the search function under “Employer Organizations” from the “Job Seeker” tab, and tailoring your search with practice area, location, etc.
- Fellowship Application Deadline Calendar:
- Information & Resources: PSLawNet provides helpful information on navigating the fellowship application process. Select “Post-Graduate Fellowships” from the menu on the left side of the home page, and then “Background Information & Resources.”
- The Comprehensive Fellowship Guide, published by PSLawNet (available in the OCP library): This print guide contains detailed listings of fellowships organized by category, including organization-based fellowships, research/academic fellowships, fellowship sponsors and fellowship funding sources for project-based fellowships. The Guide also contains application deadline calendars and fellowship application tips.
- Equal Justice Works: Equal Justice Works creates partnerships among public interest lawyers, nonprofit organizations, law/corporate sponsors and other donors in order to create two-year project-based fellowships each year to serve underrepresented populations. EJW’s website provides a wealth of information about developing project-based fellowships, the application and selection process, samples of successful fellowship applications, and the EJW loan repayment assistance program. EJW’s website also contains detailed information about the AmeriCorps Fellowships, including the application process.
- Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide, published by Harvard Law School (available in the OCP library): This print resource is a comprehensive guide to public interest careers and post-graduate fellowships, including a detailed directory of fellowships organized by state and area of focus (volume II contains information on international fellowships). The guide also contains sample public interest resumes and cover letters, as well as general job search tips including networking and informational interviewing.
- Public Interest Fellowships Vol. 1, published by Yale Law School: This is a detailed guide describing the types of public interest fellowships available, and information on fellowship applications. There is also an extensive list of fellowships and grant resources.
- Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunities, published by the University of Arizona School of Law): Provides a comprehensive list of international public interest and government organizations, organized by area of focus. The guide also contains helpful information on applying for international positions.
- Idealist: Provides a searchable directory of nonprofit organizations and fellowship postings.
- American Society of International Law: Contains listings of and links to international law fellowships.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Provides information on ACLU fellowships.
- USFLawLink: The searchable OCP database includes fellowship opportunities under the “Job Postings” section, and helpful fellowship resources under the “Document Library.”
Networking is an invaluable resource for your fellowship search. Making contacts at the organization at which you hope to secure your fellowship is critical. They may put you in touch with former fellows, and inform you about what makes a successful application. It is good to start cultivating a relationship early on. Former USF students who were fellows at the specific organization, professors, individuals who work at similar organizations, and OCP Directors are also good places to start. For project-based fellowships, talk to lawyers to ask about needs in the legal community that have not been met. Find such lawyers at career fairs, networking events, bar association events, alumni events, and even just reaching out to attorneys at organizations of interest.