Timelines

Everything about post-graduate fellowships takes time. Researching what fellowships exist, identifying organizations with which you want to work, writing your application, collecting application materials – it all takes time, so give yourself a lot of it. While many application deadlines are in the fall, there is not one “fellowship application season”. Rather, application deadlines are throughout the calendar year. Therefore, the earlier you research fellowships of interest, the more time you have to work on your application and the stronger it will be.

Ideally, this means beginning your fellowship research early in your 2L year. Fellowships you are particularly interested in can be identified late spring and early summer of your 2L year, and depending on application deadline dates, apply the summer after your second year. Stay on top of fellowships you are interested in and use available calendaring resources to your advantage.

Fellowship Calendar: Important Dates and Deadlines

Building on a timeline developed by Equal Justice Works, CPD has put together the following for guidance in developing your fellowship application strategy.

Throughout Law School

  • Refresh your second language skills
  • Talk to as many people as you can about your interest in fellowships. Employers in particular can be a great resource in helping you develop a proposal and application materials or guiding a fellowship search.
  • Starting second semester of your second year, consider participating in a clinic and/or externship experience. Both give you practical skills and experience that is invaluable to future employers.
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • Volunteer and get involved with community organizations

First Year

Fall

  • Get involved! Join public interest and student groups that you are interested in. Explore leadership opportunities within these organizations. Volunteer with organizations whose missions you believe in!

Spring

  • Meet with CPD to discuss your interests and goals
  • Attend NW Public Interest Job Fair

Summer

  • Begin exploring post-graduate fellowships
  • Research organizations and firms that participate in OCI and meet with CPD to discuss your application materials for OCI process
  • Work or volunteer in public interest if possible

Second Year

Fall

  • Participate in OCI
  • Attend Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington DC in October

Spring

  • Continue researching post-graduate fellowship opportunities
  • Meet with CPD to discuss fellowships of interest, deadlines
  • Start pulling together and/or drafting your application materials for fellowships

Summer

  • Meet with CPD and other advisors/mentors about application materials, especially personal statement and/or project proposal
  • Apply for fellowships
  • Work or volunteer

Third Year

Fall

  • Apply for fellowships
  • Attend Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington DC in October

Spring

  • Apply for fellowships

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