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Skadden Post-Graduate Fellowship Information Session
Wednesday, March 23
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Hotung Faculty Dining Room
Please join us next week for this important information session, where Fellowship Director Susan Butler Plum will provide invaluable insight into the Skadden Fellowship application process.
What is the Skadden Fellowship?
The Skadden Fellowship, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for new law school graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply. Fellowships are awarded for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year. Skadden provides each of the 25 Fellows with a salary (for the class of 2011, the salary is $46,000) and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. To learn more, see http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/.
Are there other post-graduate public interest fellowships?
YES! Collectively, fellowships provide some of the best entry-level opportunities to launch a public interest career. By definition, fellowships are short-term, full-time public interest positions for new or recent law graduates. Most are offered for one or two year periods, beginning the September after graduation or after the conclusion of a judicial clerkship. Fellowship settings include non-profit organizations, government agencies, law firms and academic settings; some fellowships, including the Skaddens, are “project based,” where the fellows create their own projects, whereas other fellowships are for predetermined positions.
Questions? Make an appointment with an OPICS advisor to discuss your fellowship or other public sector job search questions. Contact OPICS at firstname.lastname@example.org.