Student Fellowships

Estate Planning and Elder Law Fellowship

The Estate Planning and Elder Law (EPEL) Program helps to connect students, professionals and members of the community in confronting important issues of succession, long-term care and end-of-life planning. The EPEL Program grew from a class assignment that focused on three projects: composing an online Medicaid primer, drafting a short guide to advanced care directives and planning a symposium on aging.

Professor Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. directs the EPEL Program. For more information on EPEL, visit its website.


Human Rights Advocacy Fellowship

The Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program (HRAP) works actively with other nonprofits and stakeholders in the community to advance the human rights of immigrants, refugees and noncitizens.

Human rights are defined broadly and inclusively, although historic advocacy has focused on health care, access to education, access to services (e.g., legal, medical, vocational) and language access.

The HRAP provides sustained and funded opportunities for law students to gain subject matter expertise, leadership skills and community engagement in these areas. It works synergistically with community organizations and seeks to agitate for policies and frameworks that embrace and actualize human rights.

The HRAP funds student fellows for each of their three years in law school and is co-directed by Brandeis School of Law Professors Enid Trucios-Haynes and JoAnne Sweeny.

For more information on the HRAP, including how to apply, visit its website.


Ordered Liberty Fellowship

Launched in the 2019-2020 academic year, the Ordered Liberty Program's underlying concept is rooted in Aristotle and Cicero, and was given its fullest articulation in the 18th-Century writings of Irish statesman and political theorist Edmund Burke. In his famed condemnations of the radical decadence of the French Revolution, Burke made clear that the good society depends not on utopian human constructs, but instead on the measured consideration of three time-tested virtues: justice, order, and freedom.

The Ordered Liberty Program is committed to the enduring project of finding the right arrangement of justice, order, and freedom through the advanced study of five concepts: federalism, separation of powers, originalism, natural rights, and the common good.

Ordered Liberty Fellows assist the program in a variety of ways: monthly gatherings for dinner and discussion of an assigned essay, one funded group trip per semester, and a research paper to be completed during Fellows’ upper-level years of study, for credit toward graduation.

The Ordered Liberty Program is co-directed by Professors Luke Milligan and Justin Walker.


Resilience Justice Fellowships (Environmental Law)

The Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility offers two-year funded Resilience Justice Fellowships to law and graduate students interested in the interdisciplinary research of justice and environmental responsibility.

Resilience Justice Fellows work with Professor Tony Arnold to apply the Resilience Justice Policy Assessment Tool to communities, government agencies and nonprofit organizations across the country. They assess public policies, programs, and plans for their impacts on marginalized communities and recommend policy reforms.

In addition to the assessments, Resilience Justice Fellows are also engaged in research and scholarly writing.

Resilience Justice Fellowships are awarded on an as-available basis, depending on vacancies and funding. Interested law and graduate students at the University of Louisville should contact Professor Tony Arnold about availability and to apply.

For more information about the Resilience Justice project, visit its website.