Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships (SC)
Section 1, Spring 23
Imagine starting your career at a nonprofit doing a job that you designed. This is what new law graduates do every year when they work as postgraduate fellows. But developing a successful proposal to win a project-based postgraduate fellowship requires deep reflection, creativity, research, and strategic advocacy. In this class, you’ll learn all the basics: how to develop a strong fellowship project; conduct research about potential host organizations and a timely legal problem that motivates you; and design, in collaboration with others, the foundations for a compelling project of your own. Whether you’re just curious about fellowships or you plan to apply for one, this class will provide you a creative and supportive environment to develop your ideas.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will submit a postgraduate fellowship project paper that may be used as the basis for a project proposal for a Skadden or Equal Justice Works fellowship. This paper will include research regarding a timely legal problem, an assessment of nonprofit legal services providers as potential host organizations, an outline of legal remedies that might be pursued, and a draft personal statement. The paper will be due via EXPO no later than noon on March 16th.
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: 2L or 3L JD status required. Participation in the Law and Public Service Program is not required, but program participants are encouraged to enroll. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: All readings will be posted in Canvas or provided in a coursepak.
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, March 09, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, March 18, 11:59 PM