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YLD Summer Fellowship

The New Mexico Young Lawyers Division is proud to offer a fellowship award to a UNM School of Law student committed to working in public interest legal sector over the summer. The Summer Fellowship is part of the State Bar of New Mexico and the Young Lawyers Division commitment to public service across New Mexico, when they might not be otherwise able to do to financial constraints. The program is intended to encourage law students to pursue a career in public interest law in New Mexico. The Young Lawyers Division will award up to $3,000 to the accepted applicant.

Application period: March 8, 2021 through March 26, 2021.

Only current UNM School of Law students in good standing graduating after May 2019 are eligible and all applicants must have already received a public interest position for the summer. Qualifying public interest positions must be with a nonprofit organization that makes substantial use of legal skills. Students who will be graduating in May 2021 are not eligible to apply. Applicants must complete the enclosed application and submit the following to be considered for the fellowship award:

  1. Letter of Interest detailing student’s interest and commitment to public interest law in New Mexico;
  2. A current resume or CV;
  3. A written offer for the summer in a public interest sector position. Letter can be tentative if the applicant’s internship is contingent on ability to receive additional funding. The letter should note contact information for the student’s director supervisor and include the position’s start and end dates, whether the student will be receiving compensation or a stipend, and the rate or amount of the compensation or stipend.

Application materials should be submitted and uploaded via jotform HEREIf you have any trouble accessing this link, please contact Stephen Ralph at

Fellowship recipients will be required to submit a 500-word narrative describing their summer experience at the end of their fellowship, to be published in the Young Lawyers Division’s “In Brief” insert in the State Bar of New Mexico Bar Bulletin.

Selection Criteria:

Fellowship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Employment setting and geographic location
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law or the government sector;
  • Financial need;
  • Written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials; and
  • Participation in Young Lawyers Division events and programs.