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Weil Legal Innovators Program

Application Deadline:MARCH 17, 2022

The Weil Legal Innovators Program (WLI) engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Each WLI class is comprised of incoming law school students who plan to attend a J.D. program at one of our law school partners. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, executing a strategic initiative designed to leverage their passion for justice and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions.


All students who have been accepted to and intend to attend one of the ten WLI law school partners are eligible to apply to the program:

  • Berkeley Law
  • Columbia University Law School
  • Duke University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • New York University School of Law
  • Stanford Law School
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Texas at Austin Law School


  • $50,000 in compensation for the fellowship year, plus full health benefits coverage inclusive of medical, vision and dental
  • A one-time $10,000 law school scholarship awarded upon starting first year of law school at a WLI partner institution
  • All expenses paid for travel to and from New York City for WLI orientation in 2022 and closing reception in 2023 (subject to shift to virtual events due to COVID-19)
  • An opportunity to work at and learn from a leading national or international public service organization
  • Mentors from across Weil, including lawyers and professional staff at various levels
  • The opportunity to interview for the Weil Summer Associate Program
  • Professional development trainings from leading instructors in the academic, for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Application Procedure

For more information and to apply, please visit our website:
To speak to a member of the WLI team, please contact us at  

Official Website: Weil Legal Innovators Program



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