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Community Law & Business Clinic offers Public Interest Research Fellowships

The Community Law and Business Clinic is offering a limited number of Public Interest Research Fellowships to second-year law students interested in a public interest career.  

There have been six Public Interest Research Fellows since the start of the fellowship three years ago.  The Community Law & Business Clinic is now accepting proposals from second-year law students who are interested in working in the clinic beginning this summer as a Public Interest Research Fellow.  

Through the Fellowship, the Community Law & Business Clinic provides an opportunity for a second-year law student to gain experience with a public interest practice.

The selected student or students will work in two areas.  First, they will work on a project related to their area of interest.  Such interests could include poverty law, environmental law, or consumer law, but this is not an inclusive list and the intent is for the fellow to have an opportunity to work in an area of their individual interest.  Second, the fellow will assist in the Clinic’s practice by providing advice and assistance to clients in the micro-enterprise and NGO sector.

The Public Interest Research Fellowship provides both funding for a full-time position during the summer followed by part-time position for the fall semester during the third year.  The Fellow is expected to apply for post-graduation public interest fellowships.

If you would like to be considered for the Public Interest Law Fellowship, to start in May following exams, please submit a one-page description of a proposed area of work along with a current resume by April 1, 2011, to Professor Steve Virgil by email to virgilsm@wfu.edu.  Include a description of the type of work you would like to do in the public interest, either now or after you graduate.