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.
During law school, the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program provides Cincinnati Law students with opportunities to work summers in unpaid public interest law positions and receive a small stipend. Students interested in international human rights may also apply for the Arthur Russell Morgan Fellowships, part of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. Similarly, students interested in criminal law can apply as Ohio Innocence Project Fellows.
Other summer fellowship opportunities exist for students interested in corporate law. Under the auspices of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, Brandery Fellows receive hands-on experience working with one the top startup small business accelerators in the nation. 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.
During the academic year, students also may serve as Fellows for the Corporate Law Center and the the Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry, as well as for the Urban Morgan Institute and Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project. Fellows have an opportunity to learn more about that particular area of the law in exchange for some tuition assistance.
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.