–17 Stanford Law School funded Fellowships, 7 External Fellowships, 8 Government Honors positions, and 19 Entry-Level positions
Stanford Law School (SLS) recognized 51 SLS graduates who received postgraduate fellowships, government honors positions, and offers of employment in public interest settings including civil rights, criminal justice, environmental law, and civil governmental agencies. Paid postgraduate fellowships allow law school graduates to work full time for at least a year (some organizations provide more years of funding) in a law-related endeavor designed to further the public interest. In addition, SLS students garnered community service awards for their pro bono and public service during their time at the law school.
Offered by the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, the 17 SLS-funded fellowships are part of SLS’s broader efforts to support the pursuit of careers in public interest. Levin Center staff also work closely to help graduates secure externally funded fellowships, government honors positions, and other entry-level public interest positions. Along with fellowships for its graduates, SLS provides students several opportunities to learn about public interest law including a strong pro bono program, externships, mentorships, career services, speaker series and financial assistance. The Levin Center provides more than $4 million every year in direct grants to students for academic, summer, and post-graduate programs.
2022-2023 Stanford Law School Fellowships
Stanford Law School Deane F. Johnson Fellowship
Stanford Law School International Fellowships
Stanford Law School Civitas Fellowship
Stanford Law School Criminal Defense Fellowship
International Court of Justice University Traineeship Fellowship
External Funded Fellowships
Government Honors Positions
External Public Interest Positions
External Public Defender Positions
Leon M. Cain Community Leadership Award
Named in honor of Leon Cain, a third-year SLS student who died in the summer of 2018, the Leon M. Cain Community Leadership Award was initially created in 2018 as the Community Leadership Award but was renamed in recognition of Leon’s leadership and impact on the SLS community. The award, voted on by the student body, was presented to a student in each class who strengthened the law school community through their leadership, support and care.
Lisa M. Schnitzer Memorial Scholarship
The Lisa M. Schnitzer Memorial Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Lisa M. Schnitzer, a first-year student at Stanford Law School who was killed in a car accident in 1987. The scholarship recognizes a public interest student completing the first year in law school who will spend 1L summer working for a public interest/public sector employer, a charitable organization, or another nonprofit organization working in the public interest. It was designed to be a lasting tribute to Lisa, in recognition of her deeply held commitment to helping others, particularly those less fortunate. The recipient of this award is selected by a committee comprised of law students who represent Women of Stanford Law, Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and the Stanford Law Association.
Deborah L. Rhode Public Interest Award
The Deborah L. Rhode Public Interest Award recognizes graduating students whose activities have resulted in outstanding contributions to underrepresented groups or public interest causes outside of Stanford Law School and/or outstanding public service within the law school. The award selection committee—comprised entirely of alumni who are past Rhode Award winners—chose three recipients who were nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students.