FYLaw Fellowship


The FYLaw Fellowship program is designed to provide Capital University Law School students interested in this practice area with a specialized law school experience, including unique educational, extracurricular, and employment opportunities. The program was established with the goal of developing a cohort of highly trained legal advocates to advance the interests of children and their families in communities both locally and nationally.

Junior Fellows Program Details

This program is a great way for first year law students to get involved with FYLaw and explore adoption, child welfare, and/or juvenile justice law

Junior Fellows will be invited to participate in programs and activities throughout their first year of law school that will provide opportunities to meet and interact with FYLaw staff and current Fellows. This may include attending lunch meetings to discuss hot topics, and other FYLaw programs and events. Students are also encouraged to join the Children and Family Law Advocates student organization.


Fellows will be awarded a financial benefit, not to exceed $1,000.00. The Fellow will decide how he or she will receive the benefit. In the past, Fellows have received a work stipend for an unpaid employment position (summer or school year); a conference stipend; an independent study stipend; or a scholarship toward tuition for a relevant law school course. In addition to receiving a financial benefit, FYLaw fellows are given the opportunity to work with professionals in the areas of adoption, child welfare, and juvenile justice and develop research, writing, and practical legal application skills.  Fellows will be invited to monthly brown bag lunch sessions that will focus on topical discussions, and also discussions about how to prepare for a career in adoption/child welfare/juvenile justice.

Application Materials

Your application must include each of the following items:

  • Resume – with current mailing address, email address, and phone number
  • Letter of Interest - Please submit a letter of interest explaining why you are interested in working in the adoption, child welfare, or juvenile law field. Be sure to indicate any relevant past work or volunteer experience that has led to your interest, as well as any specific issues you are interested in learning more about. Your letter should be written as a cover letter and should be no more than two pages long.



For more information about the Fellowship program at Capital University Law School or the Family and Youth Law Center, contact:

Family and Youth Law Center
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3200