Summer Fellowship Application (law students)

2019 Law Summer Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

Haas Institute
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, community stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change. The Haas Institute serves as a vibrant network of researchers and community partners advancing research and policy related to marginalized communities, and touching all who benefit from a truly diverse, fair, and inclusive society.

The Fellowship
The Haas Institute Summer Law Fellowship is a three-month full-time, 40 hours per week, paid internship that runs from May 16 to August 9, 2019. As the fellowship takes place at the Haas Institute office on the UC Berkeley campus, all law fellows are expected to work at the Haas Institute office. All students who are enrolled in a JD or LLM program are welcome to apply. All accepted applicants must arrange and cover the expenses of their travel and housing accommodations.

Summer Projects
Law fellows will be paired with a lead researcher at the Haas Institute and will be given specific assignments related to Haas Institute's research areas on one of a wide range of legal and social science research issues. Such as housing policy, othering and belonging, disparate impact policies in relation to local and federal government programs, in which, the concerns of disadvantaged and marginalized groups and racial and social justice issues are situated at the center of research.

Fellows will be expected to conduct online and factual research to produce policy-oriented products in a timely manner. In particular, law fellows are expected to work on legal and policy research; drafting memoranda and briefs; conducting applied and policy-oriented research; researching prospects of intersectional issues; supporting research and drafting of materials for public education; conduct literature reviews and bibliographic annotation; contributing to report writings, discussion papers, journal articles and/or book chapters; and planning and coordinating meetings, conferences, and other speaking engagement tasks including preparation of presentations.


All Law Summer Fellows are expected to:

  • Have a genuine commitment to social and racial justice, equity, and civil liberties.

  • Work at the Haas Institute office on the UC Berkeley campus.

  • Work 40 hours per week for three months (May 16 to August 9, 2019).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrolled in a JD, LLM program or equivalent combination of education/experience.

  • Computer and research proficiency.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Interested in, and experienced, supporting civil liberties, social justice, and equity issues.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and political acumen.

  • Stellar organizational skills, and ability to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Self-starter with the ability to initiate and complete work with limited supervision.

  • Bluebooking ability and familiarity with legal research databases is also desired.

Desirable Skills

  • Quantitative research skills, including but not limited to, data collection, primary analysis, synthesis, and present preliminary findings.

  • Qualitative research skills, including coding qualitative data, such as interview and focus group transcripts, and literature review.

  • Retrieval, compilation, and manipulation of Census Bureau data is a plus.

To Apply

When you apply, please make sure that your application is in a single PDF file that includes the following: (1) a cover letter, no more than 2 pages, describing your experience and why you would be a good fit for this fellowship, (2) your resume, no more than 2 pages, and (3) a writing sample of no more than 5 pages, which could be a public publication or a course research paper.

The interviews for the fellowship will be held between February 21, and March 15, 2019, and candidates will be notified by March 28, 2019.

Please use this link to apply by Jan. 31, 2019 at 5pm.

Applications submitted after the deadline or without a cover letter, resume, and writing sample will not be considered.