Government & Public Interest

Upcoming Internal Application Deadlines for Project-Based Fellowships

Although the Equal Justice Works, Skadden and Justice Catalyst (and others!) application deadlines aren’t until the fall, some organizations have internal application deadlines to put forward candidates for these competitive project-based fellowships. These deadlines usually are in June and July in order to allow plenty of time to craft a project proposal in August and early September. Many organizations don’t have internal application deadlines but applicants should be reaching out to Executive Directors or fellowship attorneys at these organizations during this same timeframe to secure a placement and checking fellowship information on the websites of organizations of interest.

To find organizations with internal application deadlines, use PSJD. To begin, login to and click on “Search Jobs.” Keep your search broad and select “Job Qualities,” “Job Type,” “Legal: Project-Based (e.g., Skadden)” and click “Search.” You can sort the postings by deadline date and further refine your search results using the options on the right of your screen. Once your results match your interests, make sure to hover over the bell icon at the top of your results to turn email notifications on and ensure you don’t miss any new postings of interest.

Here are some examples of upcoming internal application deadlines:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Criminal Law Reform Project – Deadline Rolling
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Reproductive Freedom Project – Deadline Rolling
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Women’s Rights Project – Deadline Rolling
Impact Fund – Deadline: 6/18
Rian Immigrant Center – Deadline 6/18
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia – Deadline 6/21
New York Civil Liberties Union – Deadline 6/25
Bay Area Legal Aid – Deadline: 6/30
Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center – Deadline 6/30
NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. (multiple cities) – Deadline 7/2
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas – Deadline 7/5
Public Justice Foundation (multiple cities) – Deadline 7/6
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – Deadline 7/9
New York Civil Liberties Union – 7/15
Disability Rights California (multiple cities) – Deadline 7/19
Greater Boston Legal Services – Deadline 7/30
Court Watch Los Angeles – Deadline 8/1
and many more! Those with rolling deadlines should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than June, if posted previously on PSJD.

For questions about applying to project-based fellowships, schedule an appointment on SAGE with Michelle Grossfield in the CSO and make sure to check out our resources and recorded programs from this past semester.