Public Law & Policy 1L Fellowship Program

Law students are selected for PLP Fellowships on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated interest in public policy. Fellows conduct research on current policy issues, help plan speaker events, and network with prominent leaders, attorneys, and policy makers.


Eligible applicants must be applying to enter their first year in the JD Program at the University of Oregon School of Law.  Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated interest in public policy and government.

Award Amount


  • $2,500 awarded at the beginning of fall semester
  • $2,500 awarded at the beginning of spring semester

How to Apply

Submit a statement of interest and a resume.

Your statement of interest should be 250 to 750 words in length and describe your knowledge of and experience in a specific area of the law. You should also describe your current interests and long-term goals and why you want to participate in the Public Policy & Government Fellowship program. Your name (as stated on your application for admission) must be included on your statement of interest.

Email your statement of interest and resume to

Alternatively, you may mail your essay to:

University of Oregon School of Law
Admissions Office
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1221

Fellowship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and continue until the fellowships are filled. Applications for Fellowships may be submitted at the time you submit your application for law school.

All candidates will be notified when the process has been completed.

2L & 3L Fellowships

A gift from former Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court Ken O’Connell funds several Public Law and Policy fellowships each year.

2L & 3L Fellows have the opportunity to work on self-selected policy topics, as well as assist with the O’Connell Conference, and network with attorneys and policy makers. Fellows receive a $4,250 stipend.

Hans Linde Fellowship Program

The Hans Linde fellowship honors former Oregon Supreme Court Justice and UO Law professor Hans Linde and supports student research about issues that extend beyond regional, national, and state boundaries. In addition to writing a scholarly paper, the Hans Linde Fellow gives an informal seminar or participates in at least one appropriate event related to the fellow’s research during the fellowship year. One Hans Linde fellow is named each year. This fellowship carries a $4,000 award.

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