The foundation will award two-year fellowships for 2016 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest. Grants are made to organizations only, not to individuals. Therefore, before the application date of October 5, all applicants must identify a sponsoring public interest organization. The sponsor must be a 501(c)(3) organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights.
An Advisory Committee, comprised of a dozen partners from all of Skadden's U.S. offices, works closely with Susan Butler Plum, director of the Fellowship Program, to administer the program and select each year's fellows. Selection is based on a variety of factors, including the qualifications of the applicant (competency, academic performance, character and demonstrated commitment to the public interest), the demonstrated effectiveness of the sponsoring organization, the quality of the proposed project and the worthiness of the project's goals.
From the large number of applications, we identify approximately 100 semifinalists, each of whom will be invited for an in-person interview. From this group, 56 finalists are presented in early December to the selection trustees: six individuals from outside the firm, Skadden's executive partner, three of counsel to the firm and one second-year fellow. Those applicants receiving a fellowship will be notified by December 4.
Skadden fellows, once awarded a fellowship, cannot receive any other fellowship funds or prize monies for the two-year duration of the Skadden fellowship.
Application due | October 5, 2015
Trustees meeting | December 3, 2015
Notification of fellowship offering | December 4, 2015