2017 Emory Law Fellowship Program (ELFP)

To facilitate entry into practice for our recent graduates, Emory Law offers stipends to its 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 public sector employer. The Fellowship Program for the Class of 2017 begins on September 5, 2017. The last day to apply for a 2017 Emory Law Fellowship is December 1, 2017.

Working in a fellowship allows graduates to gain practical legal experience and cultivate contacts in any city while still actively engaging in their job search. This helps graduates to secure permanent employment either with their fellowship employer or elsewhere.

Graduate Eligibility

To be eligible for the Fellowship program, a graduate must (1) have received a Juris Doctor from Emory Law School between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017; and (2) be actively searching for full-time, long-term employment.  

Employer Eligibility

To be eligible for the Fellowship program, an employer must (1) be a federal, state, or local government agency/office/court or a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; and (2) be able to provide substantive legal work for a Fellow. 

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.

Fellowship Allocation and Duration

Acceptance and continued participation in the Fellowship program are at the sole discretion of the ELFP Review Committee.  The length of each Emory Law Fellowship is determined on an individual, case-by-case basis.  

Participation is granted, and evaluated monthly, based on various factors including, but not limited to:

  • Likelihood that the Fellowship placement will lead to a permanent position with that employer;
  • Whether the Fellowship employer has previously hired any Emory Law graduates;
  • Continued and diligent job search efforts by the graduate as reported to and evaluated by the ELFP Review Committee;
  • Graduate’s bar exam plans and status; and
  • How long the graduate foresees utilizing the Fellowship program.

Fellowship Terms

Graduates who work at least 140 hours per month with an approved public sector employer will be paid a $1,500 monthly stipend by Emory Law.  Fellows typically work 35 hours per week, but it is up to each Fellow and employer to set a mutually agreeable schedule.

  • If the employer is not located in a metro area, the Fellow will receive an additional $250 per month.  In Georgia, for example, this “rural bonus” applies to employers located outside of DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties. 

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 detailed update about their job search efforts for that month. Fellows are then paid by the 15th of the following month.

Fellows are asked to give their Fellowship employers at least two weeks’ notice before leaving for other employment.

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 »

Application Process

  1. Graduate submits an ELFP Application after finding a public sector employment opportunity.
  2. Graduate will be notified by email when the application is approved or if the ELFP Review Committee needs additional information in order to make its decision. 
  3. After receiving written confirmation that the application has been approved, the graduate should have the Fellowship employer review and sign the ELFP Employer Guidelines.
  4. Graduate should then complete the following two documents and email them to Rita Sheffey or fax them to her at 404.727.2913.  For email submissions, please include your last name and document title in the file name (e.g., Smith SIF; Smith ACH).

A. Supplier/Individual Information Form »

  • See the SAMPLE before completing the form.
  • Be sure to sign and date your form before submitting it.  Electronic signatures are not accepted.
  • This form is used by Emory’s Accounting Department for tax purposes.  Please note that the address you list here is the address to which your 1099 will be sent in January.  If you ever want to change that address, you will need to submit a new form.  

 B. ACH Form

  • This form allows your monthly stipend to be sent via direct deposit.
  • For purposes of this form, the “Vendor” is the graduate.
  • Do not send this form to the email address listed at the top of the form; you will receive a bounce-back message.  

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.