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Gallogly Family Foundation

Public Interest Law Fellowship

The Fellowship provides opportunities for new lawyers to gain experience in public interest work and improves access to high-quality legal services.

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Fellowship Information

The Gallogly Family Foundation created the Public Interest Law Fellowship to provide opportunities for new lawyers to gain experience in public interest work and to improve access to high-quality legal services.  This is a one-year fellowship with the option to renew for a second year. 

Applicants work with a nonprofit host organization to submit a proposal to the Foundation for a fellowship project.  Projects must align closely with the host organization’s mission and provide direct civil legal services to underrepresented individuals including those living in poverty and/or those deprived of their civil or human rights.  The proposed legal work can add capacity to one of the host organization’s current programs (such as a staff attorney position) or can be a new, innovative project developed with the host organization.


We do not have funding priorities for project issue areas in civil law or the host organizations' locations in the U.S.  Our goal is to help people with limited resources to access high-quality direct civil legal services and to launch the careers of smart, new lawyers who are dedicated to serving others.  However, the proposed fellowship work should focus on helping individuals with their civil legal needs, rather than on impact litigation or policy reform.  As our list of Gallogly Fellows indicates, we have funded a wide range of impactful legal work across the country.

The fellow will be employed by the host organization and will receive the salary and benefits of a similarly experienced employee at the organization.  The Foundation will provide $55,000 towards the fellow’s salary each year.  The host organization must agree to supply and fund the additional salary, if above $55,000, as well as health insurance and fringe benefits available to full-time employees with similar experience.  If offered a fellowship, the fellow and host organization will review and sign a grant agreement regarding their fellowship obligations.

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to 2024 graduates of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, The University of Colorado Law School, American University Washington College of Law,  and The University of Wisconsin Law School.  Recent graduates of those law schools who will complete a judicial clerkship by fall 2024 are also eligible to apply.

We are happy to answer your questions about the fellowship.  We encourage you to contact us if you are unsure if your potential project fits within our guidelines, would like guidance on your proposal, or have any other questions about the fellowship. Please email us at fellowship (at) with any questions. 

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