Graduate Teaching Fellowships
The Appellate Litigation Program offers a two-year graduate fellowship for candidates interested in earning an LL.M. and training as appellate advocates in the federal courts. The Appellate Litigation Program accepts appointments to represent indigent clients in a broad range of cases, including habeas, constitutional tort, immigration, and administrative law cases, and fellows work on all aspects of the cases. In addition to arguing at least one case in a federal court of appeals, the fellows work with students and the Director on cases pending in the federal courts of appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The fellows supervise student written work and oral advocacy preparation in order to enhance the student learning process and to develop the fellows’ own skills as clinicians and litigators.
The fellows also jointly teach (with the Director) the Appellate Litigation Program’s weekly seminar, exploring many aspects of appellate brief-writing, appellate procedure, client communication, and professional responsibility. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with Georgetown’s Supreme Court Institute that conducts moot courts for attorneys preparing to argue before the Supreme Court of the United States. The fellowship helps prepare fellows for careers in teaching and/or litigation.
The next available fellowship will begin in the summer of 2021. Due to Covid, we are extending our submission deadline from Dec. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Interested persons should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and official law school transcript via email to the attention of Professor Erica J. Hashimoto, Director, Appellate Litigation Program, Georgetown University Law Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should be aware that the application process has become increasingly competitive. Fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission no later than 90 days after the commencement of the fellowship. Candidates should have at least one year of relevant experience beyond the J.D. degree (e.g., clerkship, government or private practice) and membership in a state bar. Superior writing skills and a strong academic background are required. A federal clerkship, appellate litigation experience, teaching experience, and experience with criminal or civil rights litigation are highly desirable.