Open to: 2018 law school graduates (current 3Ls and 4Ls)
Location: Variable locations
Application Process: Apply online here
Application Deadline: September 18, 2017
Contact: Susan Butler Plum, Director of the Skadden Foundation, phone: (212) 735-2956, email@example.com
The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as “a legal Peace Corps” by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm’s 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.
Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each Fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For those Fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a Fellow’s law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship. The 2017 class of Fellows brings to 791 the number of academically outstanding law school graduates and judicial clerks the firm has funded to work full-time for legal and advocacy organizations.
The foundation will award two-year Fellowships for 2018 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals. Therefore, before the application date of September 18, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights.
Finalists will be announced on October 18, 2017. After that date, if any finalist is presented with another opportunity or receives a Fellowship offer from another organization, we encourage you to contact us. The Skadden Foundation is committed to the complete transparency of the application process. Susan Butler Plum can be reached at 212-735-2956.
Skadden Fellows, once awarded a Fellowship, cannot receive any other fellowship funds or prize monies for the two-year duration of the Skadden Fellowship.