Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women’s issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP.

The Fellowships are determined each year based upon several factors, including the interests of the top Fellowship candidates, the potential placement organizations and the donors supporting the Fellowships. Since the establishment of the Program, WLPPFP has been fortunate to be able to place a Women’s Law Fellow each year with the Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center – three preeminent women’s rights entities in Washington, DC.  WLPPFP also has an endowed fellowship focusing on litigation, the Small, Webber, Spencer Fellowship.  The Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow, placed at the Georgetown Institute for Women Peace & Security, also participates in WLPPFP

All Fellowships provide an incomparable opportunity to work with leaders in the women’s legal community, to gain tremendous experience promoting women’s rights, and to sharpen leadership and advocacy skills through in-depth training sessions provided by the Program. Applicants should indicate whether or not they wish to be considered for Fellowships focusing on specific issues. Indicating interest in more than one issue will not jeopardize a candidate’s consideration; on the contrary, doing so may facilitate the Program’s ability to match the candidate with a Fellowship.

All but two of the Fellowships are one-year positions, commencing at the beginning of September and running through the end of August the following year. The Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic Teaching Fellowship is a two-year teaching position commencing at the beginning of August and leading to an LL.M. degree. Applicants for the Domestic Violence Clinic Teaching Fellowship must be admitted into a bar by December of the year prior to the start of the fellowship (in order to permit waiver into the DC Bar before the beginning of the fellowship). The Georgetown University Law Center International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHRC) Teaching Fellowship is a two-year teaching position commencing at the beginning of August and leading to an LL.M. degree. This Fellowship is not being offered for the 2019-2020 term. If you are interested, please apply for the 2020-2021 Fellowship term.

The Domestic Violence Clinic Teaching Fellow and the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic Teaching Fellow both participate in the WLPPFP for the first year of their Fellowship only. Regardless of placement organization, all of the Fellows participate in numerous events throughout the Fellowship year, such as an orientation, bi-weekly seminars, skills-building trainings, and other activities organized by the Program. For example, in prior years the Fellows have met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and other leaders in the legal field addressing women’s rights and related social justice issues.

The Fellows also have an opportunity to audit courses related to women’s rights at the Georgetown University Law Center and to attend other events at the law school. Except for the Domestic Violence Clinic Teaching Fellowship and the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic Teaching Fellowship, no law school course work is required and no degree will be awarded.

Applicants must either be a law school graduate or in their final year of law school, and must show a demonstrated commitment to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and early applications are encouraged. Fellowship selection will be conducted throughout the winter and early spring. Depending on the availability of funds, approximately six applicants will be awarded Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowships, which will carry a stipend of about $50,000. The placement organizations employ the Fellows and provide standard fringe benefits, including health insurance.