Apr. 26: LLM Public Interest Fellowship

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Current NYU Law LLM students are invited to apply for the LLM Public Interest Fellowship. Two Fellows will be selected to do 12 weeks of work at a host organization. Each Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $7000. Eligible host organizations include non-profit organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and government agencies in the United States or abroad. Fellowships will commence in the summer or fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022.


Note that ILHR and IFD organizations are not eligible host organizations for this fellowship, and applicants who are interested in working with participating organizations should apply directly through the ILHR and IFD programs.


Application Information

Applications are due on April 26, 2021. Applications should be submitted to miriam.eckenfels@nyu.edu as one PDF file with the email subject “LLM Public Interest Fellowship” and should contain the following materials:

  1. Summary page that includes:
    • Applicant’s name, address, email, and phone number
    • List of two references, with names and contact information
    • Name and address of host organization
    • Contact person at host organization, with email and phone number
    • Brief description of the work to be executed as Fellow (approximately 2-3 sentences)
  2. Applicant’s resume
  3. Personal statement setting forth:
    • Why the applicant is interested in a fellowship at the host organization
    • The applicant’s career goals and how the fellowship would contribute to those goals
    • The applicant’s skills and knowledge, including relevant course work, clinics, internships, and student group involvement (300-500 words)
  4. Letter of recommendation from a law school professor or former employer
  5. Commitment letter from the host organization confirming the fellow’s placement and what work the fellow will carry out


Selection Process and Criteria

The selection process will include an interview with a selection committee comprised of law school administrators and public interest law attorneys on May 3rd. A decision is anticipated to be made by mid-May.

Selection criteria include:

  • Applicant’s qualifications, including commitment to public interest work
  • Quality of the work proposed to be done by the applicant and its potential impact
  • Relevance of the proposed work to the applicant’s career goals


Questions? Please contact Miriam Eckenfels-Garcia at miriam.eckenfels@nyu.edu.