The Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law established the Freedman Justice Fellowship Program in 2016.  This unique Fellowship was created to train law students throughout their three years to become skilled, thoughtful counselors and leaders who will be effective advocates to promote social justice and the public interest.

The comprehensive program exposes students to significant and exciting issues in public interest law through active engagement in a range of events, from informal luncheons with students and faculty to Hofstra Law programs and conferences.  Freedman Justice Fellows are expected to take an active role in developing, organizing, and participating in the Freedman Institute’s sponsored events, drawing on the unique interests and expertise they bring to law school. As important as any of these events, the program seeks to create and nurture a strong community within Hofstra Law for those dedicated to social justice and public service.  Fellows are paired with faculty and alumni mentors who will provide academic and career guidance throughout the three years of the Fellowship Program and support the development of each Fellow’s individual leadership skills.

Program Components

  • Professional development;
  • Mentoring and community building;
  • Internship assistance; and
  • Faculty advising from Professor Yaroshefsky

Please see the 2019-20 application for additional details.

Compensation and Time Requirements

  • Fellowship awards include a one-time $500 stipend to be paid in equal installments during the first year of acceptance into the “Freedman Social Justice Fellowship Program” (August-May).
  • Time requirements include approximately 10 hours per month during each academic year. Requirements include: attending monthly Fellowship meetings, developing programs and participating in sponsored events.  During 2L and 3L years, Fellows are expected to provide a leadership and mentoring role to new Fellows who are accepted into the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested students who have been admitted to Hofstra Law are eligible to apply to the “Freedman Social Justice Fellowship Program.” Selection into the program is highly competitive. Ten (10) Fellows will be selected for the 2019-20 academic year based on the following criteria:

  • academic achievement;
  • demonstrated commitment to social justice and public service;
  • diverse background and interests; and
  • prior experience in public interest organizations, nonprofits and/or government work.

2019-2020 Application and Selection Process:

  • Applications for the “Freedman Social Justice Fellowship Program” will be available Monday, June 3, 2019. All completed applications are due by 5pm, MONDAY, JULY 1, 2019.
  • All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Monday, July 15, 2019.
  • Applications are to be submitted via the Hofstra Law Admitted Student Portal and must include:
      1. A Personal Statement essay, no longer than two double-spaced pages, discussing the student’s interest in social justice and public interest law; and
      2. Previously submitted documents from the applicant’s official Hofstra Law Admissions records; documents to be reviewed include the following (no need to re-submit):  (a) current resume; (b) current academic transcript; (d) letters of recommendation; and (e) LSAT and GPA.

Please feel free to contact the Freedman Institute:
Debbie Grattan, Legal Ethics Coordinator
Phone: 516-463-5748
Office:  Koppelman Hall, Room 201
Email:  Deborah.J.Grattan@Hofstra.edu

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