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. Its database includes more than 300 fellowship listings and an application deadline calendar.
The David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship
This is a postgraduate fellowship that allows students to learn about the political system through the direct exposure to the roles of both the public and private sectors in health policy development. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a 12-month period from July to June. The program includes systematic exposure to organizations, associations and coalitions in the private sector as well as policy development centers in Congress and the administration.