UNM Law School encourages students to consider public interest work after graduation by pursuing paid fellowships.
Fellowships represent a track for post-graduate employment. A fellowship is a paid position for an entry-level professional to do specific work in an area of unmet need or for an underserved population. Such positions often lead to a permanent position with an organization. It is most common to find fellowships for lawyers with non-profit agencies that do public interest work or in educational institutions.
There are two ways to obtain fellowships. One is to apply for existing fellowships. Entities that seek fellows on a routine basis can be found in the Yale Fellowship Guide available to UNM Law Students via PSLawnet.
The other is to partner with a sponsoring organization and apply for funding from a source of support for public interest work. Existing legal fellowship providers and funding sources can be found at PSLawnet at Fellowship Corner. The site contains descriptions of fellowships, deadlines, and advice about how to pursue a fellowship. Our staff can help you sign up for, and learn how to navigate, PSLawnet.
Our office maintains a list of post-graduate fellowships on TWEN, and new fellowship opportunities are posted to students. Assistant Dean John Feldman is available to counsel students about all aspects of the fellowship process.