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Fellowship Funds Summer Abroad for Law Students

Summer fellowship program will fund up to six J.D. Northwestern Law students

  •  Students to work abroad for approved governmental or nongovernmental organizations
  • Funds will bolster school’s commitment to public interest, international engagement
  • Fellows selected through a competitive application process, program effective in 2017

CHICAGO --- Up to six J.D. students at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law will be named Global Public Interest Fellows, with each receiving a $9,500 award to work abroad during the summer for an approved governmental or nongovernmental organization active on legal issues, effective in 2017.  

Each of the fellows in the Global Public Interest Fellowship program also will receive an additional $1,500 to cover international travel along with the $9,500, which is equal to the Law School’s recently announced summer public interest funding guarantee.

“The Global Public Interest Fellowship program bolsters our unwavering commitment to public interest and further extends our international engagement and efforts to bring global opportunities to our students,” said Daniel Rodriguez, dean of Northwestern Law. “This, too, arises from our ongoing commitment to financially support our students in creative and constructive ways.”

Potential employers include international human rights organizations, international financial institutions, such as The World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, hybrid criminal tribunals, foreign courts, national entities and others such as UNICEF. See here for complete list of approved employers.

Fellows will be selected by a committee through a competitive application process. Recipients may not concurrently enroll in an international externship and will not receive course credit for their summer internship experience.

The new program is made possible because of J.B. and M.K. Pritzker’s $100 million gift, announced in October 2015, as well as the ongoing generosity of Northwestern Law alumni and friends. The Pritzker gift includes substantial support for the Law School’s public interest and financial aid-related endeavors.

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