2024 Walpin Fellowship

Gerald Walpin with CIR client Tom Sypniewski shortly after filing Sypniewski v. Warren Hills SD August 16, 2005

The Center for Individual Rights’ Gerald Walpin Fellowship summer program provides an opportunity for law students to gain first-hand experience in cutting-edge public interest litigation while contributing directly to CIR’s cases. The Fellowship is named after Gerald Walpin, a longtime member of CIR’s Board of Directors.

Fellows conduct legal research and help develop litigation strategies for active and potential cases.  Depending on the status of CIR’s docket, they may assist in other aspects of litigation, including helping draft discovery requests, motions, and briefs, primarily in federal court.

Fellows will be mentored and guided by CIR’s litigators and receive practical training that will be useful in any career in litigation.  The fellowship is a paid opportunity offering $8,000 for the 10-week program, which generally runs from the first week in June through early August.  It is intended for students who have completed at least the first year of law school. Fellows are expected to participate in-person in CIR’s Washington, DC offices. Applications to participate virtually will be considered in special cases.

If you are interested in applying, send a letter of interest, your c.v., and a short writing sample to Michael Rosman at rosman@cir-usa.org.

Deadline: Submit your application by January 31, 2024. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and interviews will begin in December.

Undergraduate Internship Program

Summer Interns, 2001

Full-time and part-time internships are available during summer and the academic year. Interns have the chance to do research, write op-eds, spin the media, and perform other important tasks while working with some of the best lawyers in Washington.

Sound appealing? Send your resume to the attention of Michael Rosman, preferably by February 28.

Year Round Clerkships


CIR offers a limited number of unpaid, year-round, part-time clerkships. Applicants for a clerkship must have first-rate legal academic credentials, a commitment to public interest work, and excellent writing skills. Interested students should send short statement of interest to the attention of Michael Rosman.

CIR’s Address:
1100 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 625
Washington, DC 20036