Law Fellowship Program

Applications are due in January for the 2023-24 academic year (which includes paid summer fellowships).

The Wayne Morse Center offers an annual fellowship for a small group of UO law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the public interest. Some have done grassroots work on civil rights or the environment, others have served as staff for nonprofits, government entities, or elected officials, others have volunteered on political campaigns or worked for their tribe. All have a commitment to change the world for the better.

The program has two parts:

  1. The summer job, which is a paid full-time 10-week position in Washington, D.C., Portland, or Salem. (Some positions have hybrid or remote options.)
  2. The academic year program, during which Law Fellows are invited to join other students affiliated with the Wayne Morse Center at optional monthly lunches with prominent speakers as well as field trips, service opportunities, and occasional trainings. Fellows also have access to one-on-one mentoring. Past lunch speakers include Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters, Pulitzer Prize-winning immigrant rights advocate Jose Antonio Vargas, and then-director of the Congressional Budget Office Keith Hall.

The application for a summer fellowship serves as the application to the program itself.

Expectations

Each fellow will:

  1. attend an orientation in April
  2. write a short report about their summer experience before fall term begins
  3. gather together in August with Wayne Morse Law Fellows to debrief their summers
  4. help staff two of the Wayne Morse Center’s public events during the 2023-24 academic year
  5. attend a gathering with donors to the Law Fellows program and share about their fellowship experience

Summer positions

Our summer fellowships are full-time and last for 10 weeks. Each Fellow will determine their start and end dates with their supervisor in the host office.

The positions have different names and pay rates, but they are all part of the Wayne Morse Law Fellows program.

TO APPLY: Navigate to your OCI module to see full job descriptions and apply. The session is Wayne Morse Legal Fellowships 2023. If you have questions about that process, please contact UO Law’s Career Center at lawcareer@uoregon.edu.

*** You may apply for more than one position. ***

  • Wayne Morse Legal Fellow in U.S. Senator Ron Wyden’s DC Office - $8,750 (1Ls and 2Ls): upload documents for review by 11:59 pm on January 19, 2023; apply through Symplicity with approved documents by 11:59 pm on January 24, 2023.
  • Wayne Morse Legal Fellow in U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici’s DC Office - $8,250 (1Ls and 2Ls): upload documents for review by noon on January 23, 2023; apply through Symplicity with approved documents by noon on January 26, 2023.

  • David Schuman Legal Justice Fellow at the Oregon Justice Resource Center’s Civil Rights Project in Portland / hybrid - $5,500 (1Ls and 2Ls): upload documents for review by noon on January 23, 2023; apply through Symplicity with approved documents by noon on January 26, 2023.

  • Wayne Morse Legal Fellow in the Elections Division of the Oregon Secretary of State’s office in Salem / hybrid - $5,500 (2Ls only): upload documents for review by noon on January 23, 2023; apply through Symplicity with approved documents by noon on January 26, 2023.

  • Wayne Morse Environmental Law Fellowship in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Habitat Division in Salem - $5,500 (2Ls only): upload documents for review by noon on January 23, 2023; apply through Symplicity with approved documents by noon on January 26, 2023.

Questions? Please contact Wayne Morse Center Codirector Rebecca Dinwoodie at rcd@uoregon.edu.


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2022-23 Fellows