Career Development Office

Hours:
MWThF 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-6pm

Career Development Office
4604 Calhoun Road
Bates Law Building, Suite 8
Houston, Texas 77204-6054
Phone: 713-743-2090
Fax: 713-743-2091
lawcareer@uh.edu


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Graduate Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Fellowship?

What are the terms of the Fellowship?

How do I apply for the Fellowship?

What criteria are considered for selection of Fellows?

Which organizations are eligible placements for the graduate Fellowship Program?

What happens after I apply for the Fellowship?

If selected, what do I need to do to get the money and when?

What if I am selected for a Fellowship, but my plans between now and September change?

What is the purpose of the fellowship?

The purpose of our Fellowship is to support those graduates who are dedicated to beginning their careers in the public sector. More often than not, due to the nature of the work involved and/or budgetary constraints, non-profit organizations and government agencies cannot hire recent graduates until they have passed the bar and become licensed attorneys. The Graduate Fellowship provides our public interest minded graduates with the opportunity to pursue an unpaid internship that might increase their candidacy for a permanent position. 

Graduate Fellows are also required to attend bi-weekly career counseling appointments in the Career Development Office. Counselors assist the Graduate Fellows in making the most of their Fellowship and continuing to work toward their goal of permanent employment.

What are the terms of the fellowship?

Fellows are expected to work at least 30 hours a week for 10 weeks beginning the last week of August and ending the first week of November. The exact schedule is to be negotiated between the school, the graduate and the organization. The fellowship award is up to $4,500 for this ten week period. Payment will be made in two lump sum payments; one in October and the second in December. Fellows must also participate in bi-weekly counseling with their assigned counselor in the Career Development Office.

How do I apply for the fellowship?

In order to apply, you must secure a placement and turn in the following documents by May 10, 2017:

  1. An Application Form filled out by you. 
  2. An up-to-date copy of your resume.
  3. And the Agency Agreement Form filled out your supervisor

What criteria are considered for selection of fellows?

Limited funding is available for the Graduate Fellowship Program. Applications for this program will be reviewed by the administration and Graduate Fellowships will ONLY be awarded students meeting all of the following criteria:

  1. A sincere desire to have a long-term legal career in the public sector.
  2. A demonstrated background in and dedication to public interest work.
  3. The potential to stay on at their host organization in a long-term capacity as evidenced by the organizations past hiring practices and the information provided by the supervisor in the agency agreement form.

Which organizations are eligible placements for the graduate fellowship program?

Because the goal of the program is permanent placement for our graduates, although all legal non-profit organizations and government agencies are eligible, the administration will look closely at the organizations past hiring practices and indicated future hiring needs.

In addition, the work to be performed must be of a substantive legal nature and must be supervised by a licensed attorney. Visit with the career development office to discuss options. For students pursuing non-traditional or alternative legal placements, eligibility to apply for a fellowship will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email Bill Powers at wapowers@central.uh.edu with questions.

What happens after I apply for a fellowship?

Applications are reviewed and applicants will be notified of decisions via email before the end of May 2017. You can then turn your attention to the bar exam until the start of your Fellowship in August. Once your Fellowship begins, so too does the bi-weekly counseling requirement.

If selected, what do I need to do to get the money and when?

To be eligible for payment, fellows must stay in regular contact with the CDO, including attending the required bi-weekly counseling sessions. Fellows will be paid in two lump sum payments, the first in October and the second in December.

What if I am selected for a fellowship, but my plans between now and August change?

The participating organizations are extremely busy and have made special arrangements to arrange work for our fellows. We ask that you make every effort to fulfill your commitment to them prior to embarking on another path. However, all parties involved understand that your goal is permanent placement. If you do receive/accept a full time job, please notify Bill Powers immediately, and we can assist you in determining the best way to wrap up your fellowship.

Please note that if you cannot complete your obligation, you must return the funding to the Law Center. Please keep in contact with the Career Development Office and notify your counselor of any concerns, employment offers, and other life-changing events which may impact your fellowship.