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Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Fellowships

Fostering your law career through fellowships

The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation allows select law schools to nominate 1L and 2L students for the Public Policy Fellowship and the Sustained Impact Fellowship Program. 

Rooted in a history of civil rights advocacy, the Foundation was established to honor the retirement of the firm's founding partner, James R. Patton, Jr. Its endowment has grown through pro bono victories like the Ironworkers and Yachtsman cases, which tackled racial barriers in the construction industry and discrimination against African-American bikers, respectively.

Public Policy Fellowship

The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation grants a $5,000 award to one Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law student each summer.

Past Fellow: Julian Putenpurayil, Fellowship Class of 2023, Public Policy Fellow with the Yuma County Public Defender

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Sustained Impact Fellowship Program

The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation also offers the Racial Justice Sustained Impact Fellowships and the Veterans’ Justice Project. These fellowships are tied to positions at the following nonprofit organizations:

Racial Justice Programs

  • Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, working on voting rights; 
  • Citizen Complaint Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio, working on police–minority community issues; 
  • Lone Star Justice Alliance in Dallas, working on juvenile justice in minority communities in Dallas.

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Veterans’ Justice Project

  • Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit organization located in San Francisco, dedicated to supporting veterans and their families. 

Current Fellow: Alexander Trimis, Fellowship Class of 2024

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Human Rights Watch Fellowship

This exciting Fellowship offers a different experience from many because Human Rights Watch is an intrepid, on the ground organization. Its focus is more on “watching, documenting, and reporting” than on traditional lawyering.  

The Fellow will be supervised by the  in the Crisis and Conflict Division. Through this experience, the Fellow would get exposure to one of the leading international human rights organizations and learn how to work closely with and interpret international legal documents, apply a legal framework to the facts, and make advocacy arguments for how an international instrument should be interpreted and implemented. 


For all Squire Patton Boggs Foundation fellowships, students must be nominated by the law school to apply. For additional information on the process, please reach out to the Director of Public Interest, Vanessa Pineda.