Skadden Fellowship Program

Skadden Fellowship Program

The Skadden Foundation is now accepting an application for its Fellowship Program. The program is intended to a recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply and will improve the legal services available to the less fortunate in our society.

The aim of Skadden Foundation is to give fellows the freedom to pursue their interests in public interest work.


  • The fellowship is open to law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals.
  • Before the application date of October 3, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can download application form from the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Signed fellowship application including three (3) essays
  • Commitment letter from potential sponsoring organization; coalition letters, if applicable, should be placed behind the commitment letter
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a
  1. law school professor
  2. former employer and
  • Official law school transcript
  • Resume

Submitting Details:

The candidates can email their application packet to

Award Amount:

  • Skadden provides each fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled
  • For those fellows not covered by a law school low-income protection plan, the firm will pay a fellow’s law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is October 3, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact the director of the Skadden Foundation, Susan Butler Plum, at 212.735.2956.

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