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Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on May 15, 2018



Applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, three short essay responses (see questions below), and three references. Only one academic reference is permitted; the other two must be from the workplace.

Process and Deadlines

Upon submission, applicants have the option to be contacted by a Public Rights Project affiliate to discuss the fellowship and any questions the applicant may have. Following this stage, PRP will select finalists for additional screening, including an in-person interview. Finalists will be notified of their acceptance in July, 2018 and must confirm their place in the fellowship within five business days.


  • March 15, 2018 - Application Opens
  • May 15, 2018 - Application Closes
  • June 2018 - Applicant Interviews 
  • July 2018 - Fellowship Selections/Offers
  • July 2018 - Fellows Announced
  • September 2018 - Fellowships Start

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Application Questions:

Writing Sample:
Your writing sample will be used to get a sense of your writing and legal analysis abilities. Please include something from past work that demonstrates your legal knowledge and analytical skills. You must be the primary author of the sample.

  • At least one sample showcasing your legal analysis, such as a legal brief or legal research memo, is required.

  • An additional sample showcasing policy analysis or other skills, such as a policy brief, strategy memo, or white paper, is optional.

Please upload your required sample showcasing your legal analysis abilities through the link above. Please make sure any documents you share with us are either public-facing or you have permission to share them. Limit of fifteen pages for all documents.

Essay Questions:
Our essay questions are aimed at learning more about you as a candidate. We are interested in seeing your written communication, as well as learning about your passion for public service, your problem-solving ability, and the contributions you will make to the diversity of the Public Rights Project Legal Fellowship.

What compelled you to apply for the Public Rights Project Legal Fellowship? What would you bring to the Fellowship and what do you hope to gain? Think of this as an executive summary - short, clear and informative. (Limit of 500 words)

How have your personal and professional experiences (public interest work, volunteer service, law school, clinical, coursework and other work experiences) equipped you with the skills to solve complicated problems with a diverse pool of stakeholders? Please include at least one specific example to illustrate how you’ve handled a challenging project, case, or assignment. (500 word limit)

What significant personal and/or professional experiences have most informed your values, your interest in the legal profession, and your desire to work in the public sector? Please include at least one specific example. (500 word limit)


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