Since 2007, the Westchester County Bar Foundation (WCBF) has awarded a two-year public interest law fellowship for a new attorney to work in Westchester County and/or Hudson Valley, New York, at a legal services 501(c)(3) non-profit in which the fellow can make valuable contributions based on his or her past experience, skills, and interest. The WCBF solicits applications from candidates while, simultaneously, soliciting applications from non-profits interested in hosting a fellow. Once the WCBF selects its fellow, it matches the fellow with a host organization. The fellowship application (which includes two letters of recommendation) is due February 15. Interviews begin in mid-March and an offer is made by the beginning of May. You can read more about the fellowship and past fellows and their placements here.
This year, the WCBF has invited NYU Law to nominate up to three candidates to be considered for the fellowship. Candidates from the Classes of 2019, 2018, and 2017 are eligible. This fellowship could be right for you if: 1) you are willing to work in Westchester County and/or the Hudson Valley; 2) you would like to work at a legal services non-profit organization; and 3) you are willing to entrust WCBF with matching you with an organization that fits your interests/skills/experience. If you would like to be considered as one of NYU Law’s candidates, please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, January 24, using the subject line “WCBF Fellowship”:
1) A resume (no more than two pages)
2) An essay of no more than three pages, double-spaced, describing your background and commitment to public interest law and your reasons for wanting to provide public interest legal services to the Westchester County and/or Hudson Valley communities. The essay should describe any concrete experiences you have had in public interest law including volunteer work, law school clinics, or other related activities, and the skills you have gained from them. It should also describe the areas of public interest work you would hope to practice in if selected (e.g., immigration, education, etc.) and the areas of law you hope to practice in as your career moves forward.
If selected as one of NYU’s candidates for the fellowship, you will also need to submit two letters of recommendation by February 15. PILC will notify you by Friday, January 25, whether you have been selected as one of NYU’s candidates for the fellowship. Please contact Sarah Hudson-Plush with any questions: email@example.com.