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Terms and Components of a Fellowship

Terms of a Fellowship

All Equal Justice Works Fellowships require a two-year commitment from the Fellow, the host organization and the sponsor(s) to complete the Fellowship term. For the 2017 Class, their Fellowship term will run from September 2017 through August 2019.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships do not have a set salary level. Equal Justice Works requires each host organization to set the Fellow's salary commensurate to what an attorney with similar experience and/or responsibility would receive at that organization. Equal Justice Works will provide up to $50,000 to the host organization toward that salary level. If the salary exceeds $50,000, then the organization must provide the remaining amount. Salary must be agreed upon prior to submitting an application. It is that agreed upon salary amount that should appear on the Certification Form of the application. In addition, each fellow is eligible to apply for the Equal Justice Works loan repayment assistance program (LRAP).


Components of a Fellowship

There are four components of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship: a project, a candidate, a host organization and a sponsor.

A project is a carefully designed initiative that involves innovative, effective legal advocacy on behalf of individuals, groups or issues that are not adequately represented within the legal system.

A candidate is a third-year law student, recent law graduate or experienced private sector attorney who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and who has the relevant skills and initiative to carry out the goals of the project.

A host organization is a nonprofit organization that will be the Fellow's employer for the duration of the fellowship term.

A sponsor is a law firm, corporation, foundation or individual that contributes to funding  partially or fully one or more Fellowships.


Download our application guide for more details about the process.


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