Rutgers Law School offers several fellowships directed toward particular interest areas that law students can participate in after their 1L year.
- Maida Fellowships
- Marshall-Brennan Fellowships
- Kinoy/Stavis Fellowships
- Wenk Fellowships
- Immigrant Rights Fellowship
The Maida Public Interest Fellows Program is made possible through the generosity of James and Dr. Sharon Maida. Established in 2015 to acknowledge, support and sustain public interest legal work by students and graduates of Rutgers Law School, the Maida Public Interest Fellows Program supports Maida Summer Fellowships and the Maida Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship.
The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellowship Program enlists law students in an effort to increase civic literacy and participation in American democracy. Talented second- and third-year law students on the Camden campus prepare and teach a course in Constitutional Law to Camden high school students. The aim is to make the Constitution “come alive” for young people in Camden while simultaneously improving law students’ ability to translate and explain complicated legal concepts into lay terms.
Marshall-Brennan is a sequential two-semester course. In the fall semester, meeting weekly in a two-hour seminar, the Fellows study Constitutional law with a focus on cases and concepts concerning young people and schools. They draft and execute lesson plans relating to these topics and develop teaching and classroom management strategies. Fellows also research and produce a substantial piece of writing on a relevant topic. The fall seminar provides two course credits and qualifies as “writing intensive optional.”
In the spring, teams of two Fellows each teach Constitutional law courses at Camden high schools, typically conducting four, 45-minute class sessions each week. Fellows are entirely responsible for their courses. They interact with high school teachers, design lesson plans, lead classes and evaluate students. With a continuing focus on issues of law, the spring Seminar sessions also explores classroom dynamics and provides general support for Fellows. The spring course provides three non-course credits and no writing credits.
Note: While every effort is made to accommodate the convenience of the Fellows, teaching in the spring is a significant time commitment that requres significant flexibility. In particular, students may not be able to take all of or exactly the law school courses they want.
Fellows are chosen through a competitive process during the spring semester of each year. All interested students are encouraged to apply. Applicants are chosen based on their academic preparation, motivation, maturity and intellectual interest in constitutional issues. Interested students should attend the informational session(s) held during the spring semester.
The Kinoy-Stavis Fellowship Program
In 1992-1993, Rutgers School of Law–Newark began offering fellowships in the name of one of its most nationally prominent and treasured faculty members, the late Professor Arthur Kinoy. In 2000, the program was expanded in honor of the late Morton Stavis, a co-founder with Professor Kinoy of the Center for Constitutional Rights and one of the nation’s preeminent civil rights lawyers and former adjunct professor at the law school.
Three Kinoy-Stavis Fellowships are awarded each spring semester to applicants from the first-year class who demonstrate commitment to public service and who are planning public interest careers. The Fellows normally serve until graduation. Fellows receive a stipend, are guaranteed enrollment in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic during their second year in law school plus the opportunity for a summer internship with the Center for Constitutional Rights at the end of the second year, and receive travel expenses to at least one public interest law student conference. Fellows serve on the law school’s Public Interest Committee, organize the annual First Monday program, promote public interest activities throughout the year, and meet regularly with faculty advisers and invited guests from the field of public interest law to discuss aspects of public interest practice and career opportunities.
The Marsha Wenk Fellowship in Public Interest Law
Created in memory of Marsha Wenk, a 1987 graduate of the law school who dedicated her legal career to public service and who died in 1996, the Wenk fellowship program seeks to support students interested in developing a career in public interest law, and to foster a cadre of law students involved in public interest activities during law school.
Two fellowships are awarded each year. Fellows receive a stipend and intern part-time at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey during one semester. The Fellows serve on the law school’s Public Interest Committee and work with the Kinoy Fellows to help develop and participate in public interest activities at the law school.
For further information, please contact Susan Feathers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Immigrant Rights Fellowship
One Immigrant Rights Fellowship will be awarded each spring semester to an applicant from the first-year class who demonstrates a commitment to public service in the field of immigration law or immigrant rights and who is planning a public interest career in immigration or immigrant rights. The Fellow will serve until graduation. The Immigrant Rights Fellow is guaranteed enrollment in the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) during the second year or third year in law school (and as a repeating IRC student thereafter) and a guaranteed internship with the American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark during the summer between the second and third years. The Fellow will also engage in paid work with the IRC during that summer and will receive assistance in securing funding for the AFSC internship. The Immigrant Rights Fellow will serve on the law school’s Public Interest Committee, and will organize immigration or immigrant rights–related symposia or other events at the law school.