For Law Students

Peggy Browning Fellowship Program

PLEASE NOTE:  We will begin accepting applications for our 2016 fellowship program on December 1, 2015. Most, but not all, of the fellowships offered in 2015 will be repeated in 2016, and several new ones will be added.  The application deadline will be January 16, 2016.

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2016, we expect to support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2016 - 2017.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers' rights.  We routinely collaborate with over 150 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowships description for details)

We recruit interested students and work closely with our mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.   Our strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent of its kind.

Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers.  They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law.  The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and commited group.

Since our beginning in 1997, we have placed over 700 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and union-side law firms.  Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide.  We know of more than 300  Peggy Browning Alumni who are currently working in workers' rights labor law or public interest law, and we're sure there are many others as well.