Public Interest Fellowships and Externships

  One of our public interest fellows, left of speaker, stands on the steps outside the offices of a company being sued by the ACLU. As a fellow, he worked all summer at the ACLU’s San Francisco affiliate.

Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf offers numerous public interest externships and fellowships geared toward engaging both lawyers and law students in significant pro bono work.

Community Service Fellowship

In 2008, our firm established its Community Service Fellowship. Incoming first-year associates may apply to work for one year at any approved public interest organization. Fellows build critical legal skills early in their careers by working for some of the world’s premiere advocacy and nonprofit groups. Participating host organizations have included: the Advocates for Children, Brennan Center for Justice, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lawyers Alliance for New York, American Civil Liberties Union, Grameen Foundation, Humane Society of the United States, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Legal Aid Society of New York, New York City Law Department, New York City Housing Finance Agency, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, United Way of New York City and many other impressive public interest, governmental and not-for-profit organizations.

Associate Externships

For lawyers in our New York office, the firm offers:

  • A four-month housing externship at South Brooklyn Legal Services;
  • A four-month transactional externship at Lawyers Alliance For New York;
  • A six-month criminal law externship with either the Partners in Prosecution program at the King’s County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office or the criminal defense practice at The Legal Aid Society.

Summer Associate Fellowships and Externships

For law students in our New York summer program, the firm offers fully paid, partial-summer public interest fellowships and externships at approved public interest organizations.

For law students in our Washington, DC summer program, the firm offers:

  • Fully paid, partial-summer public interest fellowships and externships at approved public interest organizations; and
  • The Philip W. Buchen Public Interest Fellowship, which allows students in our Washington, DC office with an interest and background in international trade, energy, intellectual property, tax or white collar criminal matters to work at an approved public interest organization related to one of these practice areas.