THE PASSION AND SKILL TO MAKE A CHANGE

The Weil Legal Innovators Program (WLI) engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Each WLI class comprises 10 incoming law school students who plan to attend a J.D. program at one of our law school partners. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, executing a strategic initiative designed to leverage their passion for justice and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions.


Applications for the 2024-2024 Weil Legal Innovators (WLI) Program are now open! Learn more about how to apply.

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WHY BE A WEIL LEGAL INNOVATOR?

Complex business and societal problems require the knowledge and skillset of culturally fluent professionals to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Lawyers with experience across multiple industries and sectors bring transferable skills that help to differentiate them over the course of their professional careers.

The Weil Legal Innovators Program helps rising law students:

Engage in leading social and legal impact initiatives that are moving the needle domestically and internationally

Engage in leading social and legal impact initiatives that are moving the needle domestically and internationally

Understand the growing intersection between the public and business sectors

Understand the growing intersection between the public and business sectors

Establish meaningful relationships with influential leaders in the nonprofit and legal industry

Establish meaningful relationships with influential leaders in the nonprofit and legal industry

Broaden professional skills and obtain a professional advantage before beginning a law school career

Broaden professional skills and obtain a professional advantage before beginning a law school career

HOW DO YOU WANT TO INNOVATE?

Innovators will work with senior staff to help to drive change within a wide spectrum of organizations that are at the forefront of social impact – from nonprofits that are fighting income equality, wrongful convictions and global climate change, to organizations that are helping to develop and catalyze the next generation of change leaders.

Weil Legal Innovators will have an opportunity to work on initiatives within the following thematic areas:

Civil Rights  ·  Criminal Justice  ·  Environmental Conservation   ·
Economic & Education Policy  ·  Gender Equity  ·  Human Rights  · Social Services


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2023-2024 Innovators

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GABRIELLE BATTLE

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights / Harvard Law School

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TORI BIANCO

Clooney Foundation for Justice / University of Texas at Austin School of Law

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JAMAL BURNS

National Urban League / Yale Law School

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KAVYA CHATURVEDI

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights / Stanford Law School

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SALMA ELSAYED

United Way of New York City / Yale Law School

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BRENDAN HYATT

Earthwatch Institute / University of Michigan School of Law

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JENNIFER LEE

National Women’s Law Center / Harvard Law School

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SAM MALDONADO

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas / Yale Law School

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AVA PACCHIANA

Innocence Project / Harvard Law School

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SAM SHAPIRO

National Urban League / New York University School of Law



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