AARP Elder Law Fellowship

The AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) announces the AARP Foundation Litigation Herbert Semmel Elder Law Fellowship for law students interested in issues affecting older Americans. The fellowship will provide a rising third-year law student with a year-long experience at AFL in Washington, DC. The Semmel Fellow will work closely with AFL's staff of 17 attorneys and other public interest attorneys on major cases in state and federal court affecting the rights of older Americans. Following a three-month summer clerkship at AFL, the fellow will prepare a manuscript for a law review article on an elder law issue to be submitted for publication by the end of the 2007-2008 academic year. Applicants should be in their second year of law school at the time of application. They must possess strong analytical, research and verbal skills, an ability to write clearly and effectively, and a commitment to public service. A familiarity with the issues affecting older Americans is highly desirable, as is a demonstrable commitment to the field of elder law. The Semmel Fellow must be able to commit to working in Washington, DC for the summer of 2007. The fellow will be paid at a rate of $22/hour (approximately $9,200). In addition, a $10,000 scholarship stipend will be provided in support of the manuscript preparation. The application consists of 1) a letter describing the applicant's career interests and how the applicant believes the fellowship will advance those interests; 2) a description of the proposed elder law research project that the applicant would pursue under this fellowship; 3) a current resume; 4) a letter of reference from a current academic or employment source; and 5) a law-related writing sample. Applications are due November 15, 2006. All application documents should be combined into one Word or .pdf file and e-mailed by November 15 to the AARP Office of Academic Affairs at If you have any questions, please call Dr. Betsy Sprouse at 202-434-6362.

Submitted by Kristin Davis, Public Interest Law Advisor on August 31, 2006

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