The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program

The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law Schoolis now taking applications for the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program. The program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The Program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can assist students who are considering similar career paths. Public interest is defined broadly to include law-related work for governmental agencies, legal services, prosecutors, public defenders, private public interest law firms, nonprofit organizations and international organizations that provide legal assistance, conduct research, or engage in other activities aimed at advancing the common good.

Each Wasserstein Fellow spends one to two days on campus meeting individually with Harvard Law students to advise them about public interest career options. In these advising sessions, Fellows focus on each student’s individual career aspirations and concerns.

You may apply to be a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow or Young Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, or you may nominate someone else for the Fellowship. If you wish to reactivate a prior Wasserstein application, please indicate in your personal statement that you are reapplying and the year(s) of your prior application(s).

Application and nomination materials must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.

To apply, email a brief personal statement (1-3 pages) discussing you interest in becoming a Fellow; a resume; 2-3 Letters of Recommendation; and contact information for law students or younger lawyers whom you have mentored.

To read more about the program’s history, guidelines and application procedure, please visit OPIA’s website.