Mike A. Myers Fellowship in Public Interest Law
Mike A. Myers ’63, generously supports this new fellowship to increase access to justice for underserved individuals and communities. The fellowship creates opportunities for graduates to begin their legal careers by engaging in public service to benefit society.
The one-year fellowship funds an outstanding graduating student or judicial clerk to work with a nonprofit organization providing legal services to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. A strong preference will be given to fellowship applicants proposing to work with Texas Advocacy Project (a statewide nonprofit organization headquartered in Austin).
See the profiles at the bottom of this page for more information about the fellows and their fellowship projects.
The spring 2023 application cycle has closed. Please check in fall 2023 for information about the application cycle for spring 2024.
Spring 2023 application information
In spring 2023, the Mike A. Myers Fellowship will fund a one-year (12 month, full-time) post-graduate fellowship with an existing public interest legal organization to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. A strong preference will be given to applicants proposing to work with Texas Advocacy Project. The fellow will receive a salary of $60,000. The sponsoring organization must be a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The sponsoring organization is expected to supply and fund the benefits that a fellow would ordinarily receive as a new employee. In the event that the regular salary of a comparable position at the sponsoring organization exceeds $60,000, the sponsoring organization is encouraged to commit to paying the difference. The fellow must be supervised by a licensed attorney. The fellow and sponsoring organization will sign agreements regarding their fellowship obligations.
Before applying, applicants identify a potential sponsoring organization and collaborate with the organization to develop a description of the proposed work, training and supervision. The proposed work should be an identified project, either a new initiative or an ongoing project of the sponsoring organization. Organizations must provide support for the project and appropriate training and supervision for the fellow. Students with questions about potential sponsoring organizations or projects are welcome to contact Mary Murphy in the Career Services Office.
The fellowship is available only to Texas Law alumni. Only third-year students or recent graduates who will complete a judicial clerkship by the fall of 2023 may apply. The fellow will be chosen by a faculty committee based on the applicant’s proposed work, commitment to public service, and the demonstrated ability of the applicant and the sponsoring organization to achieve the project’s goals. Preference will be given to proposed work with the potential to make a significant impact.