Bridge to Practice Fellowship Program

Purpose of the Bridge to Practice Fellowship Program:
To support and encourage new graduates who wish to pursue careers in government and public interest law, through fellowship placements in the field and enhanced career development services throughout the search for permanent employment.

Government and Public Interest:
Employment in the government and public interest sector would include work with nonprofit organizations, the courts, governmental agencies, or public law firms with public interest or pro bono practices. Examples of such jobs include, but are not limited to, working with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Legal Aid, Victim/Witness Assistance Programs, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Immigration Counseling Services, Department for the Aging, etc. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

If you question whether the work you seek qualifies, please contact Tara Casey.

Successful candidates will be bound by the following terms of the Fellowship:
  1. The Fellowship will provide a stipend of $2,000 per month for up to four months.
  2. Fellows must return a signed and completed Agreement by August 15, 2015, unless other arrangements have been made.
  3. Fellows are expected to take the bar exam no later than July following their graduation and will begin their placement no later than September 30, 2015.
  4. While receiving the stipend, Fellows are expected to work at least 120 hours per month at the placement.
  5. The Fellowship will end prior to the four-month period if the student secures paid employment.
  6. The Fellowship does not create an employer-employee relationship between Bridge to Practice Fellows and the University of Richmond, and the Law School will not supervise the Fellowship recipient or control or monitor the recipient’s work.

Students are eligible to apply to the Fellowship Program in the spring semester of their graduating year. The application process is competitive, and successful candidates will be selected by a faculty committee on the basis of a demonstrated interest in a government or public interest career. The Selection Committee may consider a student’s academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and/or participation in the law school’s bar preparation program in the selection process. Strong consideration will be given to whether the student has secured a fellowship placement. In-person interviews may be scheduled, as well. For consideration, the following items must be submitted:

  1. Cover letter, which should include a personal statement describing the candidate’s interest in the Fellowship, any experience that would position the student well for the program, how the candidate envisions the Fellowship positioning him/herself for a career in the government or public interest sector, and what efforts have been made by the student to secure a placement.
  2. Résumé.
  3. Copy of candidate’s transcript (may be unofficial).
  4. List of references, including contact information.