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Post-Bar FAQ

No. You may apply to perform the same or similar work to that of an “ordinary” entry level attorney at the host organization.

Yes. While the Selection Committee takes into account the host site’s level of investment in the Fellowship as an indicator of how much the host site cares about having the Fellow, this is a small part of the overall determination. Proposals where the host organization cannot contribute any amount toward the fellowship will be considered. 

The budget can be very simple as in these sample budgets . We are looking for you to list any contribution your host organization will make - either to your salary or by providing benefits and the amount you wish to seek from the school.   Note that the maximum award from UC Davis is a $45,000 salary and a $2,500 bar stipend.

If you are selected, you will begin work in the fall after you graduate. You and your host site should agree upon the specific date, but you will need the law school’s advance authorization if the start date will be earlier than August 1st or later than October 31.

No. The Fellowships are only open to current third year students. This is true even if you are doing a judicial clerkship the year after you graduate.

Yes, but you must apply for the Fellowships cycle after you graduate.

The Fellowship Committee consists of three members: the Dean of Career Services and two faculty members appointed by the Dean. The faculty members will rotate year to year. The Associate Director of Career Service for Public Interest & Public Sector is an ex officio member of the Committee, meaning that the Associate Director may be present at Committee meetings and may speak, but does not have a vote.

In order to prevent candidates from “lobbying” Committee members, the faculty Committee members remain anonymous.

The proposed budget for your project must include a salary of $45,000.

There is no page limit for the personal statement. Ideally you want your statement to be concise, but be sure you are telling a compelling story and responding the questions posed. Typically personal statements have been between 2 to 5 pages. Career Services counselors are available to review your personal statement prior to submission.