Emory Law Fellowship Program (ELFP)
To facilitate entry into practice for our recent graduates, Emory Law offers stipends to its 2016 juris doctor graduates who continue to seek permanent employment. Participants receive $1,500 per month from Emory Law to work at least 140 hours per month with a qualified legal employer. The Fellowship Program for the Class of 2016 begins on September 1, 2016. The last day to apply for a 2016 Emory Law Fellowship is March 1, 2017.
All juris doctor graduates from the Emory Law Class of 2016 who continue to seek permanent, full-time employment may participate in ELFP. Working in a fellowship allows graduates to gain practical legal experience in any city, and cultivate contacts, while still actively engaging in their job search. This helps graduates to secure permanent employment either with their fellowship employer or elsewhere.
Public sector employers are federal, state, or local government agencies/offices, including courts, and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Any public sector employer who is able to provide substantive legal work for a Fellow is eligible to participate in the Emory Law Fellowship Program.
Public sector employers are not required to have an Emory Law alumnus on staff to participate in ELFP. They can be located in any city and work with more than one Fellow at a time.
Graduates who work 140 hours per month with a public sector employer will be paid a $1,500 monthly stipend by Emory Law. If the employer is not located in a metro area, the Fellow will receive an additional $250 per month. (In Georgia, this "rural bonus" applies to any employer outside of DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties). Fellows typically work 35 hours per week, but it is up to the Fellow and the employer to set a mutually agreeable schedule. At the end of each month, Fellows must submit a timesheet to Emory Law, verifying that they worked the minimum number of hours required (140) and giving a summary of their job search efforts for that month. Checks are then mailed to each Fellow directly.
Fellows are asked to give their Fellowship employers at least two weeks’ notice before leaving for other employment. Some public sector fellowships last a few weeks while others last several months, depending on the circumstances. The Center for Career Strategy & Professional Development works with graduates on an individual basis to structure a fellowship term that works for them.
Finding a Fellowship Employer
Graduates are welcome to find their own Fellowship employer based on their preferred areas of practice and location. There will be some Fellowship opportunities posted on Symplicity beginning on August 1. Any graduate who needs assistance finding a fellowship employer should contact Emily Bramer »
Once graduates secure a public sector fellowship employer, they should:
- Complete a Fellowship Application »
- Provide a Supplier Information Form »
- Have their Fellowship employer review and sign the Public Sector Employer Guidelines »
Graduates will be notified by email when their applications have been processed.
The Right to Revoke
The ELFP Review Committee may revoke and/or recoup a stipend at any time upon the finding of a misrepresentation by the Fellow or Fellowship employer. Acceptance and continued participation in the Fellowship program are at the sole discretion of the ELFP Review Committee.