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Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowships

Stanford Law School's Summer 2013 Ford Foundation Public Interest Fellows pose with Levin Center staff at the Fall 2013 symposium at Ford Foundation headquarters in New York City.

Photo by Simon Luethi 8SP

 

We are delighted to participate in the 2013-2014 Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship Program. This program was originally established to enable a cohort of first- and second-year law students from the four participating law schools (Stanford, Yale, Harvard and NYU) to have a substantive and transformative experience as summer interns with domestic and international Ford grantee organizations. The Ford Foundation has expanded the program for 2013-2014 to include postgraduate fellowships.  For more information about this initiative, please see the Ford Foundation website.

Working closely with lawyers and advocates, students will gain exposure to a variety of diverse settings and will be exposed to such topics as reproductive rights, civil rights, gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, immigrants’ rights, prisoner and ex-offenders’ rights, voting rights, children’s rights, and other areas of concern with respect to social justice and equity.

In its inaugural year, the Ford Foundation connected a total of 100 law school students (25 students from each of the four law schools) to grantee organizations both domestically and internationally for ten week placements during Summer 2013.  Each fellow received a $15,000 stipend. Pictured above are Stanford's Summer 2013 Fellows with Douglas Wood, Program Officer with the Ford Foundation, at far left.

The Ford Foundation has re-structured the program for the second year. There will now be three postgraduate fellows per law school serving in year-long placements with Ford Foundation grantees.  The postgraduate fellows will earn $45,000 per year plus benefits, for a total of $60,000.  The summer fellows program will be adjusted accordingly, so that there will be 20 Ford Foundation Fellows per school for summer 2014.  They will each earn a stipend of $9,750.   There will be 12 postgraduate fellows and 80 summer fellows in all.  More details on the application process for the postgraduate fellowships will be offered shortly.

SUMMER FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES

 

 Second-Year Law Students 

 

 First-Year Law Students

 

Application deadline

 October 3, 2013 at 12 noon

 December 20, 2013 at 12 noon

Selected Applicants notified

 October 15, 2013

 January 15, 2014

Deadline to accept or decline

 October 16, 2013

 January 16, 2014

Results of match announced

 November 11, 2013

 February 13, 2014

Deadline to accept or decline

 November 12, 2013

 February 14, 2014

 

FORD FOUNDATION LAW SCHOOL PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWS APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 

The SLS application process requires you submit the following information online.  Please go to http://www.stanford.edu/dept/law/forms/Ford.fb.  You will need:  

      - Your Student ID number.  The selection process will be anonymous.  A committee comprised of Professor Bill Koski, Associate Dean Diane T. Chin, and Director of International Public Interest Initiatives Titi Liu will review the applications and select SLS's participants. 

      - Resume

      - Personal Statement (750 word maximum) that includes a description of:

           a) Why you want to participate in the Ford Law School Public Interest Fellowship Program

           b) What you want to accomplish as a Ford Fellow next summer

           c) Past examples of leadership and potential for future leadership

      - A personalized cover letter for each of your preferred organizations (up to 5 maximum).  The list of grantee organizations participating in the program is available on-line at www.fordlawfellowships.org.  The username and password will be sent via email to the class listservs.  

Students selected by the law school as Ford Fellows will participate in a match process to determine their organization placement. The match will take into account the students ranking of organizations and the organizations ranking of students.  Prior to the match, organizations will receive student applications and may wish to conduct interviews. Every effort will be made to match selected students with one of their ranked organizations.  In the event a student is not matched, they will have the option to rank additional organizations to secure a placement. By submitting an application, you agree to accept an offer from any of your ranked choices.  

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Once selected for this program, Ford Foundation Law School Fellows will be required to engage in activities designed to enhance connection with other fellows, and to assist development of the program. 

1)    Prior to the start of the summer internship, each Fellow will be required to read:

    a.     Quigley, Letter To a Law Student Interested in Social Justice (2007)

    b.     Scheingold and Sarat, Something to Believe In, Politics, Professionalism,         and Cause Lawyering, Chapter 2 (Cause Lawyering, Civic Professionalism, and       the Organized Legal Profession: A Brief History)

    c.     Bellow, Steady Work: A Practitioner’s Reflections on Political Lawyering,         31 Harv. C. R. – C. L. L.  Rev 297 (1996) 

    d.     Bell, Serving Two Masters, 85 Yale L. J. 470 (1976)

2)    During and at the end of the summer program, each Fellow will be required to write three reflection papers, which will be submitted by pre-agreed dates to DianeT. Chin at dchin@law.stanford.edu, and address:

a.     Reflection Paper #1.  Submit during the first week of internship describing organization’s mission, supervision structure for internship, personal and professional goals for summer internship, and a “response” to any or all of the readings.

b.     Reflection Paper #2.  Submit during Week 5 of internship describing major projects, assessing whether the goals described in Reflection Paper #1 are being or are likely to be accomplished or whether they need to be adjusted, analyzing an issue related to the structure of the internship organization and an issue raised in one or more of the readings.

c.     Reflection paper #3.  Submit during the last week of internship providing an overview of accomplishments, describing the most surprising aspect of internship, and assessing accomplishment of goals.  (This is separate and distinct from an evaluation of the organization.)

3)    Internship Evaluation

Fellows will complete the same internship evaluation completed by other SLS students who receive summer funding. Within 2 weeks of the last day of the internship, an evaluation must be uploaded to the SLS website.

4)    Program Support

Each Fellow will be asked to assist with recruitment of students for the following year.  

5)    Fall Colloquium at Ford Foundation

In fall 2014, the Ford Foundation will host a colloquium in New York for the Fellows to meet in person, to continue their learning from the summer, and to further deepen the connections of the cohort group. The Ford Foundation will reimburse reasonable travel costs to attend the colloquium. 

If you have any questions about Stanford's program, please contact Anna Wang at annawang@law.stanford.edu