The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program

The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program

The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program, created in 1990 in honor of Morris Wasserstein to bring outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service.  The Fellowship Committee seeks applicants who have shown an outstanding dedication to public interest law and have made significant contributions to their fields. You may apply to be a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, an Early Career Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, or an OPIA/HRP Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence. Each 2-3 Day fellow receives an honorarium of $1000 and The OPIA/HRP Wasserstein-Fellow-in-Residence will receive a $24,000 stipend.

Harvard Law School (also known as Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1817, it is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States and is generally considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world.

Eligibility:

  • The Program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can assist students who are considering similar career paths.
  • Attorneys working in academic positions or positions with the judiciary are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

Applying for the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program, the candidates can submit the online application form

  • To apply for the 2-3 Wasserstein Fellow position, please complete the online. The link is: http://www.jotformpro.com/form/50116193011944
  • To apply for the OPIA/HRP Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence http://www.jotformpro.com/form/50116193011944
  • To nominate a public interest attorney for the Wasserstein Fellows Program, please complete the online http://www.jotformpro.com/form/50326329448962

Supporting Documents:

To apply for the 2-3 Wasserstein Fellow position, you must include

  • A brief personal statement (1-3 pages) discussing your interest in becoming a Fellow.
  • A resume.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation.
  • Contact information for law students or younger lawyers whom you have mentored.

For applying OPIA/HRP Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence, candidates must include

  • A brief personal statement (1-3 pages) discussing your interest in becoming a Fellow.
  • A resume.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation.
  • Contact information for law students or younger lawyers whom you have mentored.
  • A detailed description of your proposed area of research and writing while a Fellow, defining the aims of the study and its methods, as clearly as possible.
  • A sample of any writing on human rights (in English, Spanish, or French), if there is any such writing.
  • A description of your proposed work and career after the Fellowship.
  • A statement indicating that you are fluent in oral English.

Nominations fellows must include

  • A statement addressing the nominee’s professional accomplishments and experience mentoring or counseling younger lawyers or law students.
  • The nominee’s resume.

 

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Each 2-3 Day fellow receives an honorarium of $1000 in addition to funding for travel, hotel, and other expenses.
  • The OPIA/HRP Wasserstein-Fellow-in-Residence will receive
  1. Office space in OPIA and shared office space in HRP, including access to computers and printer;
  2. Use of the Harvard library system and
  3. A $24,000 stipend to cover travel, housing, and related expenses. Secretarial support will not be provided. Fellows will be responsible for securing their own housing as well as an appropriate visa if necessary.

Application Deadline:

Application and nomination materials must be submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017.

Link for More Information:

http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/opia/career-contacts/wasserstein-fellows/application-procedures/

Contact Information:

Questions about the application or nomination process should be directed to the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at opia-at-law.harvard.edu.

 

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