As you may already know if you have been following our blog, we often discuss the broad range of career resources, services, and opportunities available to our students as they pursue summer and long-term legal employment. On that note, I am writing today with some very exciting news to share with you. We are happy to announce that two of our third-year law students have been awarded two-year public interest fellowships from the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, recently described by Lois Casaleggi, our Senior Director of Career Services, as “one of the premier post-graduate public interest fellowship programs”.
Kristen Greer Love will be working at a center for migrant rights in Mexico, where she will focus on transnational workers’ rights law and protecting the rights of guest workers who come to the United States. Kent Qian will be working in Northern California with the National Housing Law Project assisting tenants in foreclosed properties. Please read the press release to learn more about the inspiring projects that Kristen and Kent will be pursuing, the Skadden Fellowship, and to read Dean Saul Levmore's thoughts.
The public interest job search for law students is a very individualized process (particularly in comparison to the private sector job search) and requires applications, essays, and other targeted efforts. The Office of Career Services provides comprehensive assistance and support to students pursuing careers in public interest law, including work with domestic and international nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Please review our recent blog post about funding for students who work in public interest positions following their first year of law school (approximately one third of our students work in the public sector during their first-year summer) and look for an upcoming discussion about our Hormel Public Interest Program on this blog.