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Cover Fellowships

Background and Purpose

Yale Law School’s Robert M. Cover Fellowship Program offers post-graduate fellowships to experienced attorneys interested in clinical law teaching.

The Cover Fellowships are named after Professor Robert M. Cover (1943–1986), a brilliant scholar, a gifted teacher, and a committed social activist. Bob was intellectually and personally engaged in the significant social justice issues of his time—civil rights, poverty, justice in the workplace, and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. An honorary member of the Yale clinical faculty, who moved his office into the clinic, Bob’s life and scholarship stand as models of the deep connections between theory and practice, between thought and action, and between law and justice.

Yale Law School has long been a leader in training legal educators. The Cover Fellowship Program explicitly provides for the training of clinical legal educators, who provide a crucial dimension of modern legal education.

About The Cover Fellowships

The Cover Fellowship Program seeks to attract lawyers with two to five years of practice (or equivalent experience) who are interested in a long-term career in law school clinical teaching. Each fellowship starts during the summer and lasts for two years, with a stipend of about $46,000 per year. One new Cover Fellow is selected each year.

The LSO Cover Fellowship Program provides time for research and writing as well as representing clients, community outreach, trainings and classes, and supervising students. Fellows typically choose to concentrate their work in one or two of the clinics offered by Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. Fellows are also encouraged to audit courses within the academic curriculum.

Fellows work with one or more civil clinics, which include immigration, housing, transactional and general civil law. 


The Robert M. Cover Fellowship in Public Interest Law is a two-year position in the Yale Law School clinical program. The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with at least two years of practice who is considering a career in law school clinical teaching. The 2013-2015 Fellow is currently working with the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC).


The Robert M. Cover–Allard K. Lowenstein Fellowship in International Human Rights Law is a two-year position for lawyers with international human rights or other relevant experience who are interested in preparing for a career in human rights practice or human rights clinical teaching. The Fellow will help supervise the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and coordinate activities of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.  
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Yale Law School’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) and Robert M. Cover Fellowship Program offer a post-graduate fellowship for lawyers who are interested in a long-term career in law school clinical teaching or public lawyering.  The Fellowship starts during the summer and lasts for one year, with a stipend of about $46,000 per year plus health benefits. One new SFALP Cover Fellow is selected each year.