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

Palm Fellowship

For the summer of 2023, the Williams Institute will award a Palm Fellowship to research and analyze issues impacting LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. The fellowship provides advanced graduate students (or recent master’s or Ph.D. graduates) an opportunity to engage in LGBTQI+ law and policy research with Williams Institute scholars. Sample topics include access to gender-affirming care, social determinants of SOGI differences in wealth and assets, family formation, and population demography.

Summer fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 and are expected to work 35 hours/week with the Williams Institute for approximately 8 weeks. The fellowship will be a remote-work position, but fellows are expected to be available during working hours in Los Angeles.

Deadline to apply: March 24, 2023

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2022 Summer Fellows

Charles Willie Duhart

Charles Willie Duhart

University of California Irvine School of Law, Class of 2024
Palm Fellow
Emily Silberstein

Emily Silberstein

UCLA School of Law, Class of 2024
Haber Fellow
Mia Bodell

Mia Bodell

American University Washington College of Law, Class of 2024
Walter Fellow


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.