We are interested in learning more about you, your passion for public service, and the skills you will bring to our partner offices. Please answer to the best of your ability. We look forward to hearing from you! We recommend reading this page before beginning your application so that you know what to expect.

process & deadlines

Below are the key steps in our application process and the dates for each. Finalists will be notified of their acceptance in late July 2019 and will be asked to confirm their place in the fellowship within five business days:

March 25, 2019 Application Opens

May 15, 2019 Application Closes

June 8 - 12, 2019 Semi-Finalist Candidate Video Interviews

July 8 - 12, 2019 Finalist Candidate In-person Interviews

Late-July 2019 Fellowships Offered

September 4 - 6, 2019 Fellowship Orientation

application requirements

Applicants will be required to submit a resume, a writing sample, and three short essay responses (see questions below). At a later stage of our selection process, you may be asked to provide three professional references. At that stage, only one academic reference will permitted; the other two should be from the workplace.

To complete this application you will need:

  • Your resume

  • At least one writing sample

We require a legal writing sample. We will review your submission to assess your legal writing and analysis abilities. Please share with us something from your past work that demonstrates your legal knowledge and analytical skills and that you believe represents your written communication ability.

An additional writing sample showcasing your policy analysis or other writing skills is optional. Past applicants have included policy briefs, strategy memos, and white papers. This second writing sample is not required. If you choose not to submit one, that will not be a negative consideration about your application.

Please limit your overall submission (both the required and optional writing samples) to 15 total pages.

You must be the primary author of the writing sample(s) you submit. Please make sure any documents you share are public-facing or appropriately redacted and that you have permission to share them.

  • Essay responses (maximum of 500 words each) to the following 3 questions:

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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. 


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