Law and Social Enterprise Fellowship

Posted by: New York University School of Law

New York, NY, US

New York University School of Law has openings in fellowships in the areas of entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and innovation for the 2017-2018 academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to promote research and curriculum development in subjects related to legal issues in these areas. The fellowships broadly define social enterprise as the use of business strategies to solve intractable social problems and advance a social mission. It encompasses topics including but not limited to start-up social ventures, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, and microfinance. The Fellowship is open to third year law students and recent law school graduates with the strongest credentials and the most exciting ideas that have the potential to impact the fast-growing field of social entrepreneurship.

The Law and Social Enterprise Fellowships are being administered by NYU School of Law under the auspices of the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business. Fellows are expected to produce a substantial piece of work during their time at the Law School. A proposed plan for the Fellowship year – specifying the need for the project, goals to be met by the project, how the goals will further the field of law and social enterprise, and a timeline – will provide the basis for applications. Fellows will work on their project and participate in activities of the Jacobson Leadership Program and other faculty workshops and colloquia.

The Fellows will benefit from the mentorship of Jacobson Leadership Program Faculty Directors Helen S. Scott, Professor of Law, and Gerald Rosenfeld, Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Senior Lecturer, Business Clinical Professor of Business at NYU Stern and Vice Chairman of US Investment Banking and Strategic Advisor at Lazard Ltd. Fellows receive a stipend, anticipated to be approximately $50,000 for the coming academic year, as well as health insurance and a space to work in the Law School.

The Directors will select the fellows. Projects will be selected for funding based upon the potential of their research to enable a more robust and nuanced understanding of the relationships between law and social enterprise.

Fellows will be chosen on the basis of their demonstrated academic excellence, their commitment to social enterprise, and the quality and feasibility of the proposed project.

The application deadline for the Social Enterprise Fellowship is February 24, 2017. The Fellowship will last for one year, from June 2017 through July 2018. Applications should include: a short statement describing prior experiences that demonstrate applicant’s interest in law and social entrepreneurship, and aspirations for future work in this area, as well as the project proposal and plan. Applications should also include: curriculum vitae; law school transcript; copies of any publications; two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic or professional qualifications. Please email your application to LeadershipProgram@mercury.law.nyu.edu.

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