THE PASSION AND SKILL TO MAKE A CHANGE
The Weil Legal Innovators Program engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today. Weil Legal Innovators is comprised of a class of up to 10 incoming law school students who plan to attend a J.D. program at one of eight WLI Law School Partners. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a WLI partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, executing a strategic initiative designed to leverage their business acumen and commitment to public service, while amplifying the impact of the nonprofits and their important missions.
WHY BE AN 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 will help rising law students:
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
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
HOW DO YOU WANT TO INNOVATE?
Innovators help to drive change within a wide spectrum of organizations – from nonprofits that are fighting income equality, wrongful convictions and global climate change, to organizations that are helping to develop the next generation of socially conscious business leaders and social entrepreneurs.
Innovators will have an opportunity to work on initiatives within the following thematic areas:
Environmental Conservation · Humanitarian Aid · Human Rights & Legal Services ·
Policy & Leadership · Social Innovation · Social Services & Community Empowerment
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Earthwatch Institute / Penn Law / 2024
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Oxfam / Columbia Law / 2024