The Government Law Center Fellowship program is a unique special curriculum and mentoring program that prepares students for distinguished careers in public service. The program serves three main goals:
- First, it helps students who are interested in public service to develop a foundation of substantive knowledge and practical skills.
- Second, it creates a sense of community for students interested in public service.
- And, third, it builds strong connections to attorneys in public-service practice.
The Fellowship also serves an overall goal of building a professional identity that will help each student thrive in public service.
The Fellowship is different at each stage of law school. First-year Fellows are given extracurricular opportunities to explore whether public service is right for them. Upper-class Fellows take specific courses that will help prepare them for public service, and then undertake an experiential capstone project that helps prepare them directly for practice.
By combining informal mentoring with academic preparation and experiential training, the Government Law Center Fellowship helps to develop law students into future leaders in government and policy. It opens doors for students who might not otherwise have equal access to the opportunities, and in doing so makes government better.