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2018 Equal Justice Works fellowship

I submitted my app in September and haven't heard a peep. A dharamsala11/28/17
I did VISTA in undergrad esquire13811/28/17
I did AmeriCorps after undergrad. Hopefully it will be a bu dharamsala11/28/17
Might be a bump but I bet prestige is more important. Their onehell11/29/17
"Plus, of course, even if prestige doesn't matter for EJW it dharamsala11/29/17
onehell, are you still working in legal aid? dharamsala12/04/17
dharamsala (Nov 28, 2017 - 6:15 pm)

I submitted my app in September and haven't heard a peep. Anyone else?

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esquire138 (Nov 28, 2017 - 6:38 pm)

I did VISTA in undergrad

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dharamsala (Nov 28, 2017 - 7:00 pm)

I did AmeriCorps after undergrad. Hopefully it will be a bump?

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onehell (Nov 29, 2017 - 3:52 pm)

Might be a bump but I bet prestige is more important. Their FAQ says they don't consider class rank or GPA, but notably excluded from the list of "traditional criteria we don't consider" is school prestige. Then you go to their list of past fellows and guess what? Top schools are very over-represented, particularly in the class of 2017:

http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/communities/participants/fellowships

Plus, of course, even if prestige doesn't matter for EJW itself (which is implausible), it will still matter in terms of finding a sponsor. I have experience with taking on Skadden Fellows, for example, and for the legal aid or whatever where the project takes place, it's seen as a way to get a Harvard kid who wouldn't otherwise have considered working at such a low-prestige place or living in such an undesirable area.

Cynical I know, but I get the definite sense that these are basically opportunities for the children of privilege to fulfill a sense of noblesse oblige by slumming it for a little while. Like Teach for America.

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dharamsala (Nov 29, 2017 - 5:09 pm)

"Plus, of course, even if prestige doesn't matter for EJW itself (which is implausible), it will still matter in terms of finding a sponsor."

It seems like it depends on the type of org. I was able to obtain a host org even though I have mediocre grades from a non T14 school. Direct services legal aid (family law, landlord tenant, consumer housing, expungements, etc.) orgs don't seem to care for prestige generally. The more flashy impact litigation orgs (i.e. ACLU, Juvenile Law Center) care a very great deal about school rank.

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dharamsala (Dec 4, 2017 - 12:47 pm)

onehell, are you still working in legal aid?

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