In yesterday’s item on federal loan forgiveness, I mentioned that law students looking for jobs in public interest will likely face stiffer competition as deferred incoming Biglaw associates try to take advantage of their law firms’ public interest fellowships.
A commenter pointed out that many public interest organizations have been creating special fellowships for deferred associates. I hadn’t heard about it, but it sounded interesting.
PSLawNet is an excellent resource for finding public interest jobs, and it now has a page dedicated to law firm deferral programs.
Local pro bono organizations are working with public interest organizations to find appropriate positions for deferred associates. Find one near you here (pdf).
It looks like The Legal Aid Association of California is looking to help out, but so far all it’s got up is a survey. Maybe check back for some real info soon?
Public Interest Clearinghouse is working with California public interest organizations to formulate placement plans for deferred associates.
If you’re in New Jersey next week, check out the New Jersey Deferred Associates Fair for assistance. These may become more common as the year unfolds.
That’s literally all I found and, judging by a few of the law school career services websites I looked at, that’s about all anybody has found. If public interest organizations are creating special fellowships for deferred associates, they’re not doing a great job of advertising them.
Special fellowships for deferred associates mean less competition for the long-term public interest jobs some students have been waiting for, so they’re a win for everybody.
If you see any resources I’ve missed, let me know.