Each year, PILnet hosts recent graduates in public interest law and related fields in its International Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is an experiential learning opportunity in which fellows work with the organization to connect its global pro bono network of lawyers and law firms with local civil society organizations and social enterprises needing free legal assistance. Through workshops and classroom-style training, fellows also learn about all facets of the work of a global nongovernmental organization. They also benefit from formal learning sessions with advocates and lawyers in New York City.
Some areas of learning and practice covered by the fellowship in recent years include: risk management, negotiation, and compliance, business and human rights, impact financing for social change, management and leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship, new business models for NGOs, and technology and human rights.
Over 20 years, the fellowship has cultivated more than 150 public interest lawyers, who together form a network that is as global as PILnet itself
The fellowship program is one piece of PILnet’s global leadership in this field of public interest law. Large multinational corporations wield significant influence, and their interests have been advanced and protected by private sector lawyers using negotiations, drafting contracts, and helping to structure transactions. With innovation, these tools can also be used to advance the public interest. At a time when traditional rights-based approaches are being challenged more than ever, these tools can provide public interest lawyers with a new approach to advancing the public good.
The application period for the 2020 program is now closed.
The ideal candidate is a public interest advocate and recent graduate of a relevant academic legal program, such as an LL.M. or JD. The length of the fellowship is up to 6 months, with 3 months spent at PILnet’s New York City office and the option to spend an additional 3 months in a field office. Candidates from Hong Kong and Taiwan, and those with independent funding are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit the following application materials to PILnet.
- Cover letter
- Writing sample (no more than 5 pages, unedited)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.