THE DC NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES
WESTWOOD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Application Deadline: January 31, 2011
The law firm of Covington & Burling, LLP funds two annual Fellowships for graduates of Washington, D.C. law schools and the University of Maryland’s School of Law, to work as staff attorneys with the local Neighborhood Legal Services Program ("NLSP"). Since 1964, NLSP, a highly regarded, federally funded organization, has provided free legal services in civil cases to indigent residents of the District of Columbia. The Westwood Fellowship Program was established and named in honor of Covington & Burling’s deceased partner, Howard Westwood, who is credited with helping to found and preserve the legal services program in the District of Columbia, as well as nationally. Each candidate who receives a Westwood Fellowship must commit to serve as an NLSP staff attorney for at least one year, with an option to apply for renewal of the Fellowship at the end of the first year. Covington & Burling provides funds through NLSP to cover salaries and other benefits for Fellowship recipients, as described below.
All third-year students attending accredited law schools in the District of Columbia and the University of Maryland’s School of Law, as well as lawyers who have received a J.D. degree from such schools within the preceding two years are eligible to apply for this Fellowship. The criteria for selection as a Westwood Fellow includes: (1) a commitment to serving the indigent; (2) strong academic performance; (3) clinical or other relevant experience; and (4) an interest in practicing in the District of Columbia