The Law School created the Justice Corps to support its graduates who are committed to working for the public good and to encourage more graduates to begin their careers with a period of public service. Each year the program sends outstanding new alumni to work with non-profit legal organizations and public defender offices to increase access to justice for underrepresented individuals and communities. The number of fellowships available varies from year to year. Since the program’s inception in 2005, 45 graduates have received these competitive fellowships.
Administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, most Justice Corps fellowships are awarded each spring to graduating students and alumni currently serving as judicial clerks. Fellows are selected by a faculty committee based on the potential impact of the proposed work and the demonstrated capacity of the applicant and the sponsoring organization to succeed in meeting the project goals.
The Texas Law Gideon’s Promise Fellowships are awarded through the Law School Partnership Program sponsored by Gideon’s Promise. Applications are due in the fall, and only currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. Applications for Gallogly Family Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships, which are open to graduating students and current judicial clerks, are due in the fall and are selected by the Foundation by early December.