Clifford Chance has partnered with Georgetown University Law Center to create a fellowship program for outstanding J.D. students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in serving the international community. The first class of fellows will be chosen in the spring of 2009.
The Clifford Chance International Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program will be open to 15 first-year law students at Georgetown, who will work in unpaid summer internships with governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. And they will be overseen by an advisory committee that includes Georgetown administrators and faculty and two Clifford Chance lawyers.
“There was just a really good synergy because Clifford Chance is a global law firm, and we are really building our transnational legal program,” says Mary Matheron, Georgetown Law’s executive director of development.
The summer fellows receive $5,000 to allow them to take unpaid positions overseas. Clifford Chance gave Georgetown $225,000 to fund the program for three years.
This program “underscores our firm's belief in the importance of providing a means for students to use their legal expertise to help meet the needs of the underserved not just in their own backyards, but around the world," says Brian Hoffmann, a Clifford Chance partner and a member of the fellowship advisory committee.
Georgetown students who are interested in the program should contact the Office of Public Interest and Community Service.