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West Virginia Law Fellow

The John Kennedy Bailey KEEP ME HOME Fellowship


Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) is pleased to consider applicants for its John Kennedy Bailey KEEP ME HOME Fellowship through accredited undergraduate, graduate and law schools. The Fellowship was created in memory of West Virginia native and WVU College of Law graduate John Kennedy Bailey who loved the Mountain State and made a career of public service.

The Fellowship program enables a selected undergraduate, graduate, or law student to receive funding to work for LAWV during a ten-week summer period with the goal of providing a public service experience that will encourage recipients to anchor their professional career in the Mountain State. The inaugural year of the Fellowship was in 2023.

The program provides opportunities for the selected Fellow to work at LAWV, a legal services organization, to develop their interests and skills in public interest/public service work. LAWV’s mission of “seeking justice and changing lives” in West Virginia will be the Fellowship focus, but the Fellow will have exposure to other non-profit organizations with missions to improve life in the Mountain State.

Fellowship Details:

Duration: A 10-week Fellowship beginning May – July 2024

Fellowship Pay: $6,500 and reimbursement of work-related expenses

Location: Preferred placement is our Charleston office location. But, would consider regional offices for the right candidate.

Supervision: Supervision will be by the local office Supervising Attorney with support from an assigned local office attorney.

Mentorship: Mentorship will come from the leadership of the local office as well as from among LAWV’s leadership team. LAWV will also support and create opportunities to engage with the greater public interest community.

  • Selection Criteria:
    Seeking individuals who want to grow their knowledge, experiences, skills and contacts to develop a career path in public interest/public service in West Virginia. Students from backgrounds that may have presented limited opportunity to consider public service work such as family financial hardship while growing up, being the first in one’s family to go to college, or geographical circumstances such as coming from a rural or inner-city background that limited interactions in this area are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated or compelling financial need.
  • An interest in Legal Aid programs or public service. Interest is not limited to previous work or volunteering in the field.

Eligibility Criteria:
Open to all undergraduate, graduate or law students attending accredited schools, especially:

  • West Virginians attending school out-of-state.
  • West Virginians attending law school in or out of state, who have a strong desire to remain in West Virginia to pursue a career in public service.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Susana Duarte, Legal Services Manager at sduarte@lawv.net. The cover letter should address the Fellowship focus and selection criteria and include which LAWV office the student is interested in working in.

The deadline to apply is March 20, 2024.

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