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Applications are due Monday, November 15, 2021, at 5 pm EST.

Must be a current 3L or recent graduate of Harvard Law School to apply.

Applications will be accepted via CARAT.

This year’s information session and alumni panel was held on October 28, 2021 by Zoom. You can view a recording of the event here.


The Harvard Law Review Fellowship supports recent Harvard Law School graduates with a demonstrated interest in serving the public interest through their work and scholarship. It enables fellows to spend a year working in a public interest-related role at a government agency or nonprofit organization. Each fellow will receive a $65,000 stipend. At the end of the fellowship year, each fellow is expected to publish a piece of legal scholarship that draws on the fellow’s work during their fellowship year in the Law Review’s online Forum.

All questions on the Fellowship should be addressed to [email protected].


Any member of the HLS classes of 2019-2022, including LLMs, is encouraged to apply. The fellow may work in a public interest-related role at any government agency or nonprofit organization, except for private-public interest firms and courts (although a fellow may work for a human rights or war crimes court).

Required Application Materials

The following materials are required to be uploaded into the CARAT system:

  • A short project proposal (700 words maximum);
  • Two letters of recommendation (Recommendations Tab – Recommendation #1 and #2);
  • A letter of support from a host organization. (Recommendations Tab – Recommendation #3);
  • MOU signed and dated by the applicant and host organization;
    • The MOU will not be modified after applications are submitted. If employers want changes to be made, those changes will need to be submitted at least one month in advance of application to Denis O’Brien and approved by the selection committee. If the organization proposes that the fellow sign any other contracts or documents as a condition of the fellowship, those will also need to be submitted to Denis O’Brien one month in advance of the fellowship deadline. HLR will not accept mandatory arbitration clauses in any materials governing its fellowships.
  • A short writing sample; 
  • A 250-word abstract introducing a possible piece of scholarly work drawing on the fellowship experience that the applicant will write in the Harvard Law Review Forum.
  • A resume, with any information about undergraduate, graduate, or law school grades or academic honors (Dean’s Scholar Prize, Sears Prize, cum laude, etc.) redacted. The resume should instead highlight relevant work, internship, clinical, and volunteer experience. Law journal participation, including participation in the Harvard Law Review, may be included on your resume. Journal participation will only be taken into account insofar as it bears on the selection criteria outlined below. Editors of the Harvard Law Review will not receive preference for this fellowship.
  • The applicant must be willing to help evaluate applications for the HLR fellowship for up to ten (10) years after completing their fellowship experience.


Applications are due Monday, November 15, 2021, at 5 PM EST via the CARAT portal (link forthcoming). Interviews for Finalists are expected to take place in January 2022.

Selection Criteria

Information about the selection process will be forthcoming. Editors of the Law Review do not receive preference, and no current editor is involved in evaluating applications.

Criteria Used to Evaluate All Applicants

  • The strongest applicants will demonstrate prior public interest experience, how they intend to serve the public interest via their fellowship, and how they intend to build on the fellowship to develop a career in the public interest.
  • The sponsoring organizations’ demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the needs of marginalized communities;
  • The applicant’s demonstrated ability to serve marginalized communities through their proposed work (This may include experience working within marginalized communities, experience providing direct representation, and/or legal research & writing ability, depending on the relevance of each to the proposed fellowship);
  • The applicant’s character, including their ability to adapt to challenging circumstances, work with others on a shared project, and contribute to their communities;
  • The applicant’s writing ability as demonstrated by the writing sample and abstract submitted in their application materials.

Criteria Not Considered

  • The applicant’s undergraduate, graduate, or law school grades or academic honors;
  • Applicants should neither submit a transcript nor include grades/academic honors (GPA, Dean’s Scholar Prize, Sears Prize, cum laude, etc.) in their application materials;
  • The applicant’s name (applicants’ names and contact information shall be redacted before materials are shared with the screening committee).