Law school launches post-graduate fellowship

Seattle University School of Law is the first law school in the state to provide a year-long post-graduate fellowship to an SU Law graduate to work on a project related to social justice.

The law school and its Access to Justice Institute announce the inaugural Seattle University School of Law Leadership for Justice Fellowship, which will create opportunities for graduates to work on behalf of traditionally marginalized and under-served populations and causes.

The fellowship demonstrates in a tangible way Seattle University School of Law's commitment to educating outstanding lawyers who are leaders for a more just and humane world. In addition to the many academic, co-curricular and other programs available to students, the fellowship guarantees that a student committed to pursuing a social justice career will have the opportunity to do so.

"Especially in these troubled economic times, it's imperative that we do all we can to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are met," Dean Kellye Testy said. "We encourage all our students to work for justice. This fellowship is a guarantee that the law school will help graduates committed to this important but under funded area of law."

The fellowship provides a salary of $40,000 for one year to a Seattle University School of Law graduate to work with a host organization on a specific social justice project. The host organization for the chosen fellow will contribute toward overhead and costs.

"Legal organizations committed to social justice are struggling more than ever to keep funding alive. Opportunities for new lawyers to land jobs with such organizations are overwhelmingly rare, so this fellowship presents an amazing opportunity," said Monika Batra Kashyap, associate director of the Access to Justice Institute who helped develop the fellowship program. "The law school is doing a great service to students and to the equal justice community with this new fellowship."

The selected fellow will have a project that involves effective advocacy on behalf of underserved or marginalized individuals or groups or addresses issues that are not adequately represented by some aspect of the legal system.

Applications are due at 4 p.m. March 9, and the first fellow will be notified by
May 1.

For more details on the fellowship and application materials, visit the fellowship page or contact Monika Batra Kashyap at 206.398.4099 or batram@seattleu.edu.

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