Fellowships provide law students and recent graduates with additional opportunities to gain valuable work experience. Our Center for Professional Development provides support for those interested in pursuing public interest and other fellowship positions both during and after law school.
The College of Law offers several unique fellowship opportunities to its students. Fellows have an opportunity to learn more about a particular area of the law in exchange for partial tuition assistance. For example, students interested in international human rights may apply for Arthur Russell Morgan Fellowships, part of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, while those interested in criminal law often seek out our Ohio Innocence Project. Fellowships are also awarded by the Corporate Law Center, the Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry, and the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. The application and selection process for these fellowships is handled through each specific Center or Institute.
Every summer a large number of students are also funded by the law school to work in a variety of public interest roles both domestically and internationally. Our Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program provides opportunities to receive a stipend in exchange for summer employment in an unpaid public interest law position. Other summer fellowship opportunities exist for students interested in business law. Under the auspices of our Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, Brandery Fellows receive hands-on experience working with one the top startup small business accelerators in the nation. Also, the Eichner Family Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellows Program offers second-year students the opportunity for legal and business training at The Continuum Company, a New York real estate development firm led by Bruce Eichner ‘69.
Post Graduate Fellowships
Law school graduates can apply for post graduate fellowships that provide a valuable service to their communities as they transition into the legal profession. Some of these opportunities include:
- Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest post graduate public service fellowship program. Their two-year fellowships provide funding for lawyers who can help close the justice gap for the poorest and most vulnerable of our citizens.
- The Skadden Fellowship Program is described as “a legal Peace Corps” and provides law school graduates with the ability to pursue public interest work.
- The Justice Initiative Fellows Program is sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. The program seeks to support and further develop a network of lawyers and activists working internationally on human rights issues. The Foundation also supports the Open Society Fellowship for individuals pursuing innovative approaches to open society challenges, as well as other grant opportunities.
- In the Urban Law Fellowship Program graduates work alongside City of Cincinnati attorneys in a variety of practice settings, including prosecution, litigation, transaction, and labor and employment.
- The Graduate Fellowship Program matches graduates with short and long term opportunities to work in the legal departments of companies and organizations.