Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship

Available for Class of 2018

The Gallogly Family Foundation created the Public Interest Fellowship Program to increase the number of people who receive much-needed legal services and to help new lawyers pursue careers in public interest law. The fellowship program is open to May and August 2018 graduates of the University of Texas School of Law, as well as recent graduates who will complete a judicial clerkship by fall 2018, for fellowships to begin in the fall of 2018.

Fellows will work for a domestic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a new project developed with the organization or on one of the organization’s ongoing projects. The organization must provide civil legal services to the poor (including the working poor) and/or those deprived of their civil or human rights and have at least two lawyers on staff.   Additionally, the host organization must be willing to provide the fellow with supervision, work space, materials (computer, internet access, phone, etc.), malpractice insurance, and the cost of health benefits for the fellow that exceed $5,000.00. Students with questions about potential sponsoring organizations or projects are welcome to contact Lawson Konvalinka in the Career Services Office.

Fellows will be selected by the Foundation based on a variety of factors, including academic performance, professional experience, character, and demonstrated commitment to the public interest.  The Foundation will also consider the proposed project’s quality and the demonstrated effectiveness of the host organization.  In evaluating these factors, the committee will look to the applicant’s resume and accompanying essays, law school record, references, and the host organization’s letter of support.

The fellowship will include a one-year salary of $45,000.00 and up to $5,000.00 to help the host organization cover the cost of health benefits for the fellow.  The fellowship is for one year, with the option to renew upon the request of the fellow and host organization and within the sole discretion of the Foundation.  In consideration for renewal of the fellowship, the Foundation will consider several documents including the following: 1) the fellow’s quarterly reports describing their experience; 2) the fellow’s final report describing outcomes and plans for the next year; and 3) a progress report from the fellow’s supervisor.  Because the fellow will be an employee of the host organization, the Foundation will give the fellowship award directly to the host organizations for the fellows’ benefit.

Applications are due by noon on Friday, December 1, 2017.  The Foundation will conduct interviews on January 20, 2018.

Application Information

Application due: December 1, 2017

To apply, submit the following in PDF format to Rachel Sidopulos, Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at (phone (512) 232-6277), by noon on Friday, December 1, 2017 :

  • Cover page with your name, date, fellowship name, the name of the host organization, and a sentence or two describing the proposed project or work.
  • Resume
  • Two Essays
    1. Plan for your anticipated work. Applicants may either create a new project with the host organization or work on one of the host organization’s ongoing projects.  The plan must include (1) an overview of the project, including the legal rights and client constituency you will address; (2) an explanation for the need for the project; (3) individual responsibilities and goals to be met by the project; and (4) how the goals will further the public interest.  750 words maximum.
    2. Personal Statement. Please describe your motivation to become a public interest lawyer and how your previous experiences have prepared you for this fellowship.  750 words maximum.
  • Law school transcript(s). The transcript does not need to be an official transcript.
  • Three professional references. Include the reference’s phone number and email.  The references should be current or former professors or employers (preferably a direct supervisor).  Please do not list your proposed host organization supervisor as a reference here.
  • A separate letter from your host organization confirming its commitment to host you. The letter should include (1) the organization’s purpose and mission; (2) a statement of its interest in and commitment to the project, including any plans for the fellow’s training and professional development;  (3) the name of the fellow’s immediate supervisor, his/her experience in the substantive area of the fellowship project, and plans for supervision;  (4) a commitment to provide malpractice coverage to cover any of the fellow’s activities during the course of the fellowship; and (5) a commitment that the organization will be able to provide the additional cost for health benefits if the employer’s contribution exceeds $5,000.00.  The host organization must provide health benefits that an employee of the host organization with similar experience and/or responsibility would be entitled to.


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