On the Job! [Helton Fellowship]

On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:

 Applications are welcome from recent or current law graduates for the position of Helton Fellow.  The holder of this position receives funded contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018; details here https://www.asil.org/about/helton-fellowship-program.

Work On! WAPPP Research Fellowship Program (deadline Feb. 13)

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) offers non-stipendiary fellowships to exceptional scholars who are conducting gender-related research in one of WAPPP’s four focal areas (economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education) and practitioners who demonstrate commitment to promoting gender perspectives in public policy.

By conducting research and engaging with faculty and students at Harvard Kennedy School and beyond, the fellows enrich the intellectual life of the center. In past years, the fellowship program has brought together a diverse set of people from academic and professional fields, and supported their studies related to gender. The mission of the fellowship is to support and advance academic and practitioner scholars in their gender-related research.


The Women and Public Policy Program Fellows are expected to participate actively in WAPPP seminars and to attend and present papers at other seminars relevant to their interests. Research fellows will also be expected to complete a book, monograph, scholarly article or other significant publication during their period of residence.


The Women and Public Policy Program fellowship does not offer a stipend. Office space in the WAPPP suite will be offered on a case-by-case basis. Please note in your cover letter whether or not you would like to be considered for residency.


Applicants for the Women and Public Policy Program Fellowship should submit one complete copy of the following items:

  1. A cover letter with current email address, and phone number; please also list the HKS faculty member(s) with whom you would like to collaborate during your fellowship and whether you are seeking a residential (office space) or non-residential fellowship.
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A description of the proposed project including the background, nature, importance, specific objectives, and methodology of the project, no longer than five pages;
  4. One writing sample (multiple samples will not be considered) pertinent to the application; and
  5. Two letters of recommendation addressed to the WAPPP Research Fellow Selection Committee and emailed by the recommender to nicole_carter@hks.harvard.edu.

Applications must be received by WAPPP no later than February 13, 2015 for a fellowship beginning the following September. Applications for the 2015-2016 year must be emailed to Nicole Carter Quinn, Associate Director, at nicole_carter@hks.harvard.edu.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty selection committee, and awards will be announced in early April. While being considered for a Women and Public Policy Program fellowship, please inform us if you receive another fellowship.

Notification Process

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decisions by early April.

Work On! ASIL Helton Fellowships (deadline THIS MONDAY, Jan. 19)

The American Society for International Law (ASIL) is accepting applications for its 2015 Helton Fellowships. The Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004, recognizes the legacy of Arthur C. Helton, an ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad. Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.

Applications are due Monday, January 19, 2015, and only the first 50, fully complete applications will be considered. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and new  professionals to further their career in international law.

For more information on the Helton Fellowship Program, as well as application instructions, visit http://www.asil.org/resources/helton-fellowship-program. Questions may be directed to fellowship@asil.org.

On the Job! LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (deadline 3 Nov.)

Applications for the Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) 2015-16 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) is now available.

RJ Federal Fellows will be placed at nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. to work to advance reproductive  justice through law and policy. RJ-HIV Fellows will be placed at SisterLove (Atlanta, GA) or Positive Women’s Network – USA (Oakland, CA) and will work at the intersection of RJ and HIV issues.

Application deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00pm PT.

Please visit the RJFP website to fill out the online form and download the applications.

For more information about the RJFP, including bios of current and past Fellows and a list of 2014-15 Placement Organizations, please visit the RJFP homepage. Questions? Email RJFP@lsrj.org.

Go On! FASPE Legal Ethics Fellowship in Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz)

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FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics. Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2015 FASPE Law program will run from May 24 to June 4.

The program is particularly targeted at students who intend to practice, whether in law firms, as prosecutors, as defense attorneys, or otherwise. All FASPE programs are non-denominational and candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2015.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: http://www.FASPE.info.

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Work On! U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program now accepting applications for 2015-2016 term (deadline: Nov. 14)

The U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 term.  The fellowship is open to both junior and mid-career candidates. Four fellowships are awarded each year, and each fellowship is unique in its scope and focus.  Interested persons can read more about the program here:

Although the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program has been in existence for forty years, very little is known about this discreet yet prestigious fellowship. This Article provides an in-depth look at the four placement opportunities (the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the U.S. Sentencing Commission), the application process and opportunities that can arise during and after the fellowship. Not only does the discussion outline the day-to-day activities of the fellows, it also describes recent changes to the program. The U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program is open to applicants from a wide variety of disciplines, including law, political science, history, public administration and criminology, and is particularly relevant to those with an interest in judicial administration, international and comparative law, criminal law and procedural law.

The application process is described at http://www.supremecourt.gov/fellows/default.aspx. Applications are due by November 14, 2014.

Work On! LCCR Asylum Program Fellow (AmeriCorps VISTA), San Francisco – deadline Oct. 2


The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) has an opening for an Asylum Program Fellow through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Details are below. Please note the application deadline is October 2.

Job Title

LCCR Asylum Program Fellow (AmeriCorps VISTA)


Senior Immigrant Justice Attorney

Pro Bono Coordinator/Senior Attorney

About the Lawyers’ Committee

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“Lawyers’ Committee”), founded in 1968, works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCR provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy. Our office is located in downtown San Francisco near the Embarcadero and is accessible by public transportation. For more information, visit www.lccr.com.

About the Pro Bono Asylum Program

The Asylum Program, founded in 1983, bridges the gap between the bay area’s private bar and indigent asylum seekers. Through maintaining healthy relationships with community organizations, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is regularly contacted by asylum seekers who have suffered atrocious persecution but are unable to pay attorneys to assist them in navigating the confusing and oppressive immigration process. The Program interviews these clients to evaluate their claims and assess the most advantageous course of action. Clients are then placed with pro bono attorneys from many of the leading law firms and they go on to receive top-notch representation. Through this system, thousands of otherwise unrepresented immigrants have been matched with stellar advocates and, with their assistance, have secured asylum in the United States.

To ensure that each pro bono attorney is fully equipped to meet the needs the client, the Program regularly offers trainings and other support to guide and inform these generous volunteers. Twice annually there is a two-day seminar that gives an overview of asylum law as well as general tips for practitioners.  Also, the program holds more focused monthly trainings that educate attorneys and others on topics that range from conditions in certain regions to working with clients who have faced trauma to significant case law updates. Further, each pro bono attorney is paired with an immigration practitioner who mentors the pro bono attorney throughout the process. Through these support structures, attorneys who have had little or no immigration law experience are able to successfully take an asylum case from beginning to end.

General Summary of Work Performed

In the area of immigration/asylum, the AmeriCorps VISTA is responsible for: (1) conducting client interviews and direct representation of asylum seekers (if attorney); (2) preparing client memoranda and conducting country of condition research; (3) recruiting volunteers for cases and coordinating work of volunteers; (4) identifying community partners for legal workshops and clinics in low-income minority and immigrant neighborhoods and assisting in the development of new legal workshops and clinics; (5) expanding our recruitment and training program for volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and interpreters; (6) engaging in community outreach to expand awareness of available services/resources; and (7) assisting in marketing and outreach for legal workshops and clinics.

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