The FAIR Fellowship
Promoting Diversity. Advancing Employee Justice.
The FAIR Fellowship is a unique fellowship that enables a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at (1) Legal Aid at Work and (2) a law firm affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1200 workers’ rights advocates throughout California. FAIR funds a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.
FAIR is accepting applications for its sixth annual FAIR Fellowship which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at (1) Legal Aid at Work and (2) a law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1200 workers’ rights advocates throughout California. FAIR will fund a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.
Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2020), be committed to a career in social justice, and have 0-3 years of legal experience. Preference will be given to applicants with diverse backgrounds, demonstrated interest in employment law, clinical and/or pro bono and social justice interests, and plans to practice in California. Foreign language abilities and judicial clerkships/externships are also valued.
The 2020-2021 application deadline has passed.
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the 2021-2022 fellowship.
The John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is given to the top law student chosen from the yearly Employee Justice Summer Clerkship program, who exemplifies the attributes that John D. Weiss demonstrated during his life: a person with a generous heart who gives without expecting recognition, although so deserving; a person who demonstrates a fierce passion for achieving justice for workers; and, a person with an inspiring ability to overcome adversity. The Weiss Fellow will also be recognized with an additional stipend from FAIR. The namesake of this honor, John D. Weiss, was instrumental in helping CELA leaders to establish FAIR and generously supported the organization until his untimely passing in 2013.
In August and September 2019, volunteer members of CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee and other CELA members will conduct on-campus interviews at participating law schools to interview law students interested in the Employee Justice Summer Clerkship. During the interviews, the interviewers will provide personalized information regarding CELA members and member-firms who are seeking to hire qualified summer law clerks and have agreed to pay their summer clerks at least $8,000 for a total of 10 weeks over the summer 2020. From the initial interviews, Diversity Outreach Committee members and designated CELA interviewers will compile their comments and impressions of all the candidates for CELA members. Also included in each student profile are the student’s resume and transcript and a short statement of interest from the candidate. After participating firms review the applications and select summer law clerks, a subcommittee designated by FAIR, in coordination with the CELA Diversity Outreach Committee, will select Employee Justice Summer Clerks, who will receive up to $4,000 in fellowship funding for the summer to supplement the salary they receive from the member-firm.
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