Many of our students will lead lifelong careers as advocates for social justice. The first steps on this career path are challenging, and Penn Law is committed to helping our students succeed through funding postgraduate fellowships.
There are two types of fellowships under this program:
Project-based Fellowships that enable students and recent alumni to partner with a nonprofit organization and design a one-year project to address a particular client need. The following fellowships are currently funding alumni in a wide array of work:
- Toll Public Interest Fellowship
- University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellowship
- Langer, Grogan & Diver Fellowship in Social Justice (Supporting public interest work in the Delaware Valley)
- Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship
- Catalyst Fellowships that support students who obtain post-graduate volunteer positions in government, nonprofit, or international organizations in which full-time staff positions may ultimately be secured or which may lead to related employment in the public sector. Although traditional judicial clerkships at local, state, and federal courts are not eligible for this fellowship support, clerkship positions at courts or tribunals that as a matter of practice do not pay their clerks but provide a unique and career-enhancing experience may be eligible.
Penn Law’s postgraduate fellowship program has been highly successful in launching the public interest careers of recent graduates. Since 2009, Penn Law has supported over 60 fellows, all of whom either remained employed by their original host organization or secured public interest positions in the same field. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.