The Public Interest Fellowship offers experienced lawyers the opportunity to create a program that provides civil legal services to indigent Georgians. The Fellowship has three primary goals: to create durable programs of civil legal service; to develop opportunities for law students to assist in those services; and to help experienced practitioners pursue public interest through work with law students. Each Fellow works with a host organization, from which the Fellow will work to implement their project proposal.
The Fellowship seeks to expose law students to experienced practitioners with an interest in public interest law. It also seeks to help host organizations to work with students and experienced lawyers to create effective programs to meet the needs of indigent Georgians.
This website provides potential applicants with basic information about the Fellowships. If you have questions after reading this website, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator using the contact information within.
Once selected, each Fellow will work for two years. During the "teaching and research" phase, the Fellow will spend between one semester and one year at the University of Georgia School of Law. During this time, the Fellow will have the opportunity to develop the proposed project, using resources at the University and elsewhere. The Fellow receives a travel and research stipend for this same purpose. Finally, the Fellow will also co-teach in one of the School of Law's clinical programs on a topic related to their Fellowship proposal.
The "service" phase of the Fellowship occupies the balance of the two year Fellowship, during which the Fellow will work directly out of the host organization. The host organization agrees to provide space and office support for the Fellow's activities during this time. Law students will continue to work with the Fellow and, where appropriate, will assist with direct service. The Fellow will also receive a travel and research stipend during the second year of the Fellowship.
The Fellowship pays for the Fellow's salary and benefits throughout the two year period, as well as a travel and research stipend each year. During the teaching and research phase, the law school will provide space, along with research and instructional support. Host organizations agree to provide space and program support during the service period of the Fellowship.