Apply Now to the Weil Legal Innovators Program: Public Service Fellowship for Rising Law Students

Jan 26, 2024

Sponsored by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Apply to the Weil Legal Innovators Program, a Paid Public Service Fellowship for Rising Law Students

The Weil Legal Innovators Program (WLI) engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Each WLI class is comprised of incoming law school students who plan to attend a J.D. program at one of our law school partners. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, executing a strategic initiative designed to leverage their passion for justice and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions. 


  • $60,000 in compensation for the fellowship year, plus full health benefits coverage inclusive of medical, vision and dental
  • A one-time $10,000 law school scholarship awarded upon starting first year of law school at a WLI partner institution
  • All expenses paid trip to New York City for the program’s three-day conference at the beginning and end of the fellowship year, during which fellows engage in trainings, networking and celebratory activities with other fellows, alumni and Weil attorneys and staff
  • An opportunity to work at and learn from a leading national or international public service organization
  • Direct access to mentorship opportunities with attorneys and professional staff at various levels 
  • A guaranteed opportunity to interview for the Weil Summer Associate Program
  • Professional development trainings from leading instructors in the academic, for-profit and nonprofit sectors


All students who have been accepted to a J.D. program at one of the WLI law school partners are eligible to apply. Eligibility is open to students with prior professional experience, as well as students applying directly to law school from an undergraduate institution.


Applicants will be able to identify their first and second choice Innovator opportunity at the following 12 leading national and international nonprofit organizations based across the United States:

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas
  • Clooney Foundation for Justice
  • Graham Windham
  • Innocence Project
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • National Women’s Law Center 
  • Posse Foundation
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • United Way of New York City
  • Upsolve
  • World Wildlife Fund

Note that in-person and remote work expectations varies by nonprofit organization. For full details on each organization’s remote work policy, please visit our website


Apply Now To speak to a member of the WLI team, please contact us at [email protected]  

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