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The Brennan Center hosts post-graduate public interest law fellows through a variety of fellowship programs.

The Brennan Center is eager to partner with individuals interested in applying for public interest law fellowships, either through the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Kirkland & Ellis Fellowship programs, or through grant programs administered by law schools. Recent graduates of NYU School of Law are also encouraged to apply for the George A. Katz Fellowship, offered every other year.

If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with the Brennan Center, please email a short statement describing your interest, resume, transcript, and writing sample to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with the subject line “Fellowship Opportunities.” For more information on post-graduate fellowships generally, visit PSLawNet.

Current Opportunities

Legal Fellowship Sponsorship

Every spring, the Brennan Center looks to partner with current law school students and judicial law clerks interested in applying for postgraduate legal fellowships. Such fellowships include those funded by competitive programs like the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Kirkland & Ellis fellowship programs, and law-school-specific fellowships, like the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship.

Fellows work on current and cutting-edge legal issues, from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Our research, policy development, and advocacy are aimed at improving our systems of democracy and justice.

If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with the Brennan Center, please email a short statement describing your project proposal, resume, transcript, writing sample, and contact information for three references to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with the subject line "Fellowship Opportunities." Please indicate the fellowship for which you seek sponsorship. For more information on postgraduate fellowships generally, visit Public Service Jobs Directory.

George A. Katz Fellowship

The George A. Katz Fellowship provides a recent graduate of New York University School of Law the opportunity to spend two years as a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice. The fellowship is generously funded by the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in honor of George A. Katz, an alumnus of NYU School of Law and a founding partner of the firm. A Katz Fellow is selected every other year. The next opening will be posted in fall 2020.

Responsibilities: The Katz fellow works alongside other staff on the Brennan Center’s public advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. The fellowship rotates among the three major Brennan Center programs. The current Katz Fellow works with the Liberty & National Security team. Depending on the program and project area of work, activities may include legal and policy analysis and counseling; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts.

Qualifications: The Katz fellow should have excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills, and possess a commitment to work in the public interest. Relevant past experience and a particular interest in one or more of the Brennan Center’s specific initiatives will also be valued.