Fellowships at Mazzoni Center Legal Services
Please Note: We accept applications for sponsorship for Independence Foundation, Skadden Foundation, and Equal Justice Works Fellowships on a rolling basis provided there is sufficient time in advance of the particular fellowship’s application deadline. If you are interested in applying to Mazzoni Center Legal Services for sponsorship for these foundation fellowships, a law school-funded fellowship, or other fellowship program, please contact Thomas W. Ude, Jr., Legal and Public Policy Director, at [email protected].
Mazzoni Center Legal Services sponsors law students and current judicial clerks for fellowships funded by the Independence Foundation, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Open Society Foundations, the Stoneleigh Foundation, the Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging, and other fellowship programs (including fellowships offered directly by law schools).
Applying to Become a Fellow
- Cover letter describing their interest and experience in public interest, LGBTQ legal issues, and poverty law and any ideas they have for a fellowship proposal.*
- Two brief legal writing samples
- Law school transcript
- Contact information for three (3) references
*Please note that it is not necessary to have a specific proposal at the application stage. We welcome information about how an applicant’s background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, vitality, and perspective of Mazzoni Center’s staff and legal services practice.
We encourage interested applicants to consult with us if they have an idea for a fellowship proposal. Mazzoni Center will interview potential fellowship applicants to assess whether their interests and background are a match for its program’s needs. If you are selected, Mazzoni Center will work very closely with you to design the final fellowship proposal to match your interests and the needs of our program and with the fellowship funder’s requirements.
- A demonstrated passion for, interest in and, commitment to public interest, LGBTQ rights, and poverty law
- A demonstrated commitment to providing quality legal services to individual clients
- Excellent legal analysis and research, writing and oral advocacy skills
- An interest in policy and advocacy work
- Strong networking, relationship building and communications skills
- Sound professional and legal judgment
- A high level of commitment to racial justice and serving low-income communities and clients