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. Our support includes connecting students to current practitioners and educating students about the many kinds of employers and substantive areas of law within the public interest community.
We also assist recent graduates by funding a number of public interest fellowships. Each fellowship pays for one graduate to work for a year as an attorney at a sponsoring public interest organization. Our fellowships help recent graduates earn experience as practicing attorneys and build the foundations of a long career as a public interest lawyer.
In addition to Postgraduate Fellowships, funding is available through the new Catalyst Grant Program, which will support those seeking government positions and those seeking to engage in human rights and rule of law work at the grassroots level abroad. More information can be found here.
The following fellowships are currently funding alumni in a wide array work:
ACE Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellowship (Penn Law in partnership with Human Rights First, supporting international and public interest work in the areas of rule of law and human rights)
Langer, Grogan & Diver Fellowship in Social Justice (supporting public interest work in the Delaware Valley)
Penn Law Public Interest Fellowship
S. Gerald Litvin & Dennis R. Suplee Fellowship
Toll Public Interest Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellowship
Application Process & Deadlines
Deadlines for all 2016-17 postgraduate fellowship and grant applications will be posted in the spring semester, along with relevant application materials.
Past and Current Fellows
We have funded new lawyers practicing many kinds of law at many kinds of organizations:
Jack Regenbogen L’15: Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Denver
Ben Wiener L’14: Center for Appellate Litigation, New York
Rob Zielinski L’15: Chicago Volunteer Services, Chicago
Noel Leon L’14: Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Philadelphia
Rekha Nair L’12: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Philadelphia
Sarah Pitts L’12: S. Military Assistance Project, Philadelphia
Christina Reichert L’14: Oceana, Washington, D.C.
Valerie Baron L’12: Environmental Integrity Project, Washington, D.C.
Shikha Bhattacharjee L’13: Jan Sahas Social Development Society, Madhya
Liz Booth L’13: Community Legal Services, Philadelphia
Asher Levinthal L’13: Bronx Defenders, Bronx, New York
Kathleen Norland L’13: Human Rights First, Washington, D.C.
Joline Price L’12: Pennsylvania Health Law Project, Philadelphia
Sarah Alba L’11: Manhattan Legal Services
Denisse Cordova L’12: FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN)
Jamie Gullen L’12: Community Legal Services, Philadelphia
Megan Rok L’11: Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia
Matt McFeeley L’11: Natural Resources Defense Counsel, Washington D.C.
Abel Rodriguez L’11: Nueva Esperanza, Philadelphia
Benjamin Salvina L’11: Community Legal Services, Philadelphia
Joanna Visser Adjoian L’10: Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia
Mira Baylson L’08: Defender Association of Philadelphia
Elizabeth Leonard L’10: Disability Rights Advocates, Berkeley, CA
Emily Torstveit Ngara L’10: Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia
Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg L’09: Community Legal Services, Philadelphia