IRANIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION NORCAL
2019 Public Interest Summer Fellowship
As documented in our newly released Travel Ban Report, the Iranian community is facing an unprecedented attack on its civil rights & liberties, making the response of the legal community all the more urgent and necessary. To support this effort, and further support individuals seeking a career in public interest, the NorCal Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association will be awarding a $2,500 public interest summer fellowship to (1) an Iranian American law student pursuing a summer clerkship at a public interest nonprofit organization or government entity OR (2) any law student spending their 2019 summer focused on uplifting the rights of the Iranian American community and others impacted by the Travel Ban or other civil rights issues. The fellowship is available to law students currently in their first and second year who have secured summer internships with relevant work in Northern California.
To be eligible, an applicant must EITHER:
1. Be of Iranian-American heritage;
2. Be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school as a full time student in their first or second year; AND
3. Be pursuing a 2019 summer clerkship at a public interest nonprofit organization or government entity in Northern California.
OR, an applicant must:
- Be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school as a full time student in their first or second year; AND
- Be committed to spending their 2019 summer focused on uplifting the rights of the Iranian American community and others impacted by the Travel Ban, or other civil rights issue, in or related to Northern California,
- Be of any heritage.
ALL APPLICATIONS DUE: MARCH 31, 2019 11:59PM
Completion of all portions of the application is mandatory. If the information requested does not apply, enter N/A. Financial need is a consideration in award decisions.
1. Submit only one application package
a) Complete all items in Sections 1-6 of the application form
b) Attach all of the application materials listed below
2. No application materials will be returned; no exceptions will be made
4. Submit ONLY the materials requested (NO photographs, letters of recommendation, or writing samples)
5. All applications must be submitted via email by no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2019 to [email protected]. Late applications will NOT be accepted. You will receive an email notification that your application has been received.
All information must be provided in ENGLISH. The following items must be submitted:
• COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM
• PERSONAL DATA – Supply a brief resume (no more than 2 pages) including education history, work experience, and any other pertinent information such as community involvement, and demonstration of commitment to public interest.
• APPLICANT’S STATEMENT – A written statement by the applicant, NO MORE THAN 2 single-sided, 1.5 inch spaced, size 12 or larger font describing:
a) What you hope to accomplish during your 2019 summer internship;
b) How you believe you will make a difference as an attorney with respect to Iranian-American issues and/or civil rights concerns; and
c) Any financial considerations that might not be accurately captured in the application, including obligations to care for family, housing instability, large amounts of loans while pursuing a public interest career, etc.
• TRANSCRIPTS – Provide official copies of your law school transcript. If unable, contact [email protected] prior to the deadline.
DEADLINE – March 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm
To be reviewed, applicants must submit ALL REQUIRED ITEMS IN ONE EMAIL as listed above by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2019 to [email protected]. Fellowship determinations will be made by May 2019.
If you have questions, please email [email protected] BEFORE the deadline.