Many national, state and local bar associations and other legal organizations afford students the opportunity to compete for a variety of fellowships and scholarships and in numerous legal writing competitions.
Fellowship programs are often associated with law-related internships that provide students with exceptional practical legal training and important networking opportunities.
Scholarship programs, while helping to defray the cost of law school attendance, offer additional benefits — the prestige of being the only student or one of a small number of students to be selected for the scholarship as well as opportunities to network with the attorneys who are awarding the scholarship.
Essay-writing competitions enable students to hone their legal research, writing and advocacy skills; produce a writing sample for prospective employers; and, possibly, have a published work that can be promoted on a resume.
Be sure to check PSLawNet, the online source for information on public interest careers and opportunities. The site has information and resources on postgraduate fellowships in a variety of practice areas and employers, including those in government, public interest organizations and educational institutions. Their database includes moe than 300 fellowship listings and an application deadline calendar.