Legal Fellowship

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In 2013, we created a Legal Fellowship Program and provided fellowships to 5 new attorneys. As of 2024, the program has grown to 48 attorneys. Our current fellows are listed here.

Purpose and Description of the Fellowship

The fellowship provides training, mentorship, and other resources to attorneys beginning new law practices, legal organizations, and other projects serving the legal needs of local sustainable economies.  The goal of the program is to meet the legal needs of the growing sustainable economy movement.  

Meeting those needs requires that lawyers blaze new career paths and establish transactional law practices aimed at providing services to worker cooperatives, housing cooperatives, land trusts, and other democratically-governed organizations. In order to foster this growing community of lawyers, the Law Center invites lawyers of all experience levels to apply to become a Sustainable Economies Legal Fellow, if they 1) intend to meet those legal needs by starting a new law practice, or launching a legal organization or other project that will serve the legal needs of democratically-governed organizations, and 2) would benefit from the support the fellowship offers. Priority will be given to applicants from historically marginalized and low income communities who seek to serve similarly situated clients and communities.

Sustainable Economies Legal Fellows begin the program as a cohort, either in April or September of each year. 

After two years, Fellows “graduate” to Senior Fellow. Senior Fellows are expected to pay it forward by taking an active role in the program, such as through mentoring New Fellows and/or presenting Continuing Legal Education materials, webinars and/or workshops or leading discussion topics.

Senior Fellows may remain in the program for as long as their law practice, legal organization, or project continues to align with the program goals.

Benefits of the Program

Sustainable Economies Legal Fellows receive training, mentorship, and other resources through our Monthly Fellows Calls, other scheduled calls and resources, and our  multi-day, in-person convenings each year, normally held in the Fall. 

The Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Legal Fellowship is an unpaid fellowship. However, we do sponsor annual membership in the Cooperative Professionals Guild for all active Fellows who are interested, and we provide reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses for the annual multi-day Fellows Convenings on a need-basis, as our funding permits. 1st and 2nd year Fellows and our most active Fellows from previous years will be given priority for expense reimbursements.


Applications are accepted during the following cycles:

  • Winter Cycle: Closed

  • Summer Cycle: Check back for further information


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