How To Apply For A Fellowship
Applicants should submit a résumé, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of three references.
We look for applicants with strong academic records, including clinical experience and extracurricular activities such as journal work and moot court participation. We encourage applications from individuals with post-J.D. work experience, such as a judicial clerkship or another fellowship. Successful applicants for both the clerkship and fellowship often have demonstrated interest and experience in our areas of practice and/or other types of public interest work.
Writing Sample and Writing Exercise
Writing plays an important role in our hiring decisions for fellows. The writing sample should reflect the applicant’s writing skills and should include factual and legal analysis. The applicant should submit a sample that has not been edited by anyone other than the applicant. The cover page of the writing sample should indicate the purpose for which it was prepared and affirm that is has not been edited by anyone other than the applicant. Because we read writing samples blind, please do not include any identifying information after the cover page.
Although publication of a law review note or comment is a praiseworthy achievement, we do not find such publications to be useful writing samples because of the extensive editing they typically receive. Similarly, applicants should consider carefully whether an assignment from a first-year legal writing course accurately reflects their current analytic and writing abilities.
Applicants invited to interview will also be asked to complete a three-hour writing exercise at a time convenient for the applicant. The exercise involves drafting a memo based on a fact pattern and a closed universe of authorities.
Law School Transcript
Applicants should submit the most recent transcript available. Photocopies are acceptable, but should include an explanation of the school’s grading system. If the applicant is a third-year law student and the most recent transcript does not indicate current course enrollment, the applicant should submit a separate list of current courses.
References should be from people personally familiar with the applicant and the quality of his or her legal work. A reference from someone who can knowledgably discuss the applicant’s capabilities will be more helpful than a reference, for example, from an eminent law professor who knows only the grade the applicant received in his or her class. Subject to that caveat, references from practicing attorneys are considered as valuable as references from law school professors.
If possible, applicants for the fellowship should submit the materials described above by email, addressed to Jeanne Freed at email@example.com.
Alternatively, materials may be mailed to the following address:
Human Resources Director
Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
396 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Additionally, questions about the fellowship program or application requirements should be directed to the firm’s Human Resources Director, Jeanne Freed, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 552-7272, extension 240.