Application Process

Deadline for 2022-2023 Fellowships: Thursday, February 3, 2022

Yalw Law School graduates and third-year students are eligible to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

The Liman Fellowship Selection Committee reviews applications. Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law and Liman Center Founding Director, is the chair.

The committee considers several factors:

  • Experience using law to further the public interest
    This may include public service organizations, government service, education (including law school clinics), or the private sector.
  • Competence in the areas covered by your proposed project
  • Leadership capabilities
  • Academic accomplishments
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service

In addition, the committee evaluates proposed Fellowship projects for:

  • Need
  • Potential impact
  • Capacity of the applicant and host organization to implement

Application Components

  1. Personal statement (500 words maximum)
    Describe your experience with and commitment to public interest, public service, and/or human rights, aspirations for future work, and how the Fellowship would help achieve your aspirations.
  2. Proposal summary (1 paragraph)
    Include where you will work and your project goals.
  3. Proposal (3000 words maximum)
    Applicants may design a project in partnership with a host organization or work on an organization's existing project. 
    Proposal instructions are below.
  4. Statement: Other fellowships or public interest positions to which you have applied or will apply
    If none, include an explanation, e.g. gap year, unusual geographic or project-specific need.
    Applying for external funding is not a requirement but it is strongly encouraged.
  5. Résumé
  6. Official law school transcript
    Request here.
  7. Two letters of recommendation
    One from law school faculty and one from a supervisor or employer
  8. RECOMMENDED: An additional letter of recommendation from law school faculty
  9. List of people consulted about your project
    Before crafting your proposal, you must consult with people in your field. We recommend talking to two to four people: Liman Fellows or others. We will provide names of Fellows in your area of law. 
  10. Letter from the proposed host organization to include:

    1. Organization's purpose and function

    2. How your proposed work fits with the host organization’s activities

    3. What supervision you will receive and who you supervisor will be

    4. What resources your host organization will provide to support your project (e.g., office space, computer, malpractice and/or other insurance, if needed)

    5. Potential for the organization to retain you as a full-time staff member after your fellowship year.
      NOTE: Post-fellowship retention is not required.

Incomplete applicants will not be considered.

Project Proposal 

Include the following in no more than 3,000 words:

  1. Problem or need for the project
  2. Project goals and how you will meet them within the one-year Fellowship period. Include a timetable.  
  3. A discussion of any background required for context.

The project description must reflect how the project would engage with the relevant legal regime. The proposal should not be an essay akin to a substantial or supervised analytic writing.

Mastery of your project's area of law is not expected. Rather, explain how you hope to use or change the relevant law or otherwise contribute to the human rights or well-being of others.

Provide sufficient legal, historical, and factual context for the Committee to understand the need to be addressed, the nature of the proposed work, and the impact the project will have.

How to Submit Applications

Submit applications online through the Yale Student Grants Database (CommunityForce).


Contact Liman Center Director Jenny Carroll.