Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) created the Dickran Tevrizian Fellowship to honor retired U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian for his lifetime of service to the Armenian American community. The two-year fellowship is offer to an Armenian speaking law school graduate (third-year day or fourth-year evening student) with intent to focus on the legal needs of the low income Armenian speaking community in the Los Angeles. With Los Angeles County being home to an estimated 350,000 Armenians, the largest community outside the Republic of Armenia, the need to provide legal services to the community is enormous. The fellowship is offered every two years during January of an odd numbered year. The Public Interest Law Department will notify graduating students via official notice email and InBrief, Loyola's electronic newsletter, when applications become available and the deadline by which students must apply.
Since 1992, Equal Justice Works has provided paid public interest fellowships to law school graduates to provide legal assistance to underserved populations and causes. Fellows work on a range of issues, including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care, consumer fraud and environmental justice. Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Depending on funding, they are able to provide between 40 and 50 two-year fellowships annually. Fellows receive a competitive salary, generous loan repayment assistance, connections to their prominent sponsors, participation in trainings, and additional support during their two year tenure.
Equal Justice Works also provides funding for AmeriCorp Legal Fellows. The process for becoming an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow begins in May when host sites begin posting positions and runs through August or until all available positions are filled. Fellowships begin between August 1 and September 30 and run for an 11-12 month term, with the option to renew for a second year given continued funding of the Fellow’s host site.
Each year, Loyola Law School offers three Post Graduate Fellowships in Public Interest Law to graduating law students. The fellowships were established to provide legal services to underrepresented groups and to assist Loyola students in obtaining their first public interest job while developing additional public interest resources through newly developed projects. The two-year fellowships offer full salary funding in the first year and half funding during the second year with the sponsoring agency providing the balance of funding for the second year of the fellowship. The Public Interest Law Department will notify graduating students via official notice e-mail and InBrief, Loyola's electronic news letter during the month of March when applications become available and the deadline date by which students may apply.
The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply. Fellowships are awarded for two years. Skadden provides each fellow with a salary and pays all fringe benefits to which an employee of the sponsoring organization would be entitled. For fellows not covered by a law school low income protection plan, the firm will pay a fellow's law school debt service for the tuition part of the loan for the duration of the fellowship.
Applicants for the fellowship must secure a potential position with a sponsoring public interest organization before applying. Selection is based on an applicant's academic performance, demonstrated commitment to the public interest, the quality of his/her project and the demonstrated effectiveness of the sponsoring organization. Applications are generally due during the fall semester in September or October of each year.