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The Williams Institute Summer Law Fellowship program provides an opportunity for current law students to work in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Summer fellows may work either with the Williams Institute or other organizations focused on LGBT law and policy. 

Summer Fellowships

Williams Institute Summer Law Fellowship

The Williams Institute Summer Law Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for law students to develop expertise in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Summer fellows will provide research and writing support to Williams Institute scholars who focus on state, federal, and international legal issues that impact the LGBT community. Tasks may include providing drafting and research assistance for journal articles and policy briefs; conducting legislative research and analysis; tracking LGBT law and policy developments around the country and internationally; and collecting and analyzing data and other information about the LGBT community.

Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship

The Williams Institute awards the Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship to provide a law student, or recent law school graduate, with a stipend of up to $5,000 to work in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

The Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship is committed to inspiring law students to pursue careers in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy and to identifying the next generation of leaders committed to promoting rights and equity for the LGBT community. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much-needed support to various organizations and scholars. Fellows must spend at least ten weeks at their placements.

2019 Summer Fellows

Zachary Gillette

Zachary Gillette

UCLA School of Law, Class of 2021
Stu Walter Fellow
David Maxson Harris

David Maxson Harris

UC Berkeley School of Law, Class of 2021
Gleason Kettel Fellow
Vincent Liu

Vincent Liu

UCLA School of Law, Class of 2021
UC Presidential Fellow
Alexandra Moody

Alexandra Moody

University of Michigan Law School, Class of 2020
Gleason Kettel Fellow
AK Shee

AK Shee

UCLA School of Law, Class of 2021
Michael D. Palm Fellow
Will Tentindo

Will Tentindo

UCLA School of Law, Class of 2021
UC Presidential Fellow

Externships

The Williams Institute offers one to two part-time externships to current law students each semester. Externs will assist Williams Institute scholars in conducting legal and policy research and analysis for amicus briefs, white papers, and legislative testimony. Externs will work on a variety of issues, including discrimination, parenting rights, HIV criminalization, bullying, health, youth homelessness, poverty, and other topics that impact LGBT people.  Please contact us if you are interested in an externship.