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.
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
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 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
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights / Harvard Law School
Clooney Foundation for Justice / University of Texas at Austin School of Law
National Urban League / Yale Law School
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights / Stanford Law School
United Way of New York City / Yale Law School
Earthwatch Institute / University of Michigan School of Law
National Women’s Law Center / Harvard Law School
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas / Yale Law School
Innocence Project / Harvard Law School
National Urban League / New York University School of Law