Haas Fellowship

The Center for Chinese Legal Studies, in conjunction with Social Justice Initiatives, awards the Haas Fellowship each year.

Established in 2004, the Marc Haas Public Interest Fellowship supports recent Columbia Law School graduates from greater China to work in public interest law internships in the United States immediately after graduation. Applications are being accepted for the 2019 season. The deadline for 2019 is 5 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019.

How to Apply

The Fellowships will be awarded to graduating LL.M .or J.D. students from China. Fellows will receive between (3) three and (6) six months of funding at approximately $3,333 per month. One or two fellowships will be awarded this year. It is anticipated that Fellowships will begin by August or September 2019.  Recipients of the fellowships will be responsible for locating their positions, but will be assisted by the staff at Social Justice Initiatives throughout the spring semester. Fellows will be expected to work full time at public interest law organizations during the entire term of their fellowship.  Please note that this is not a research fellowship.  

The deadline for applying is 5 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019. To apply, please email the following documents as a single PDF to rebecca.hinde@law.columbia.edu, using the subject line "Haas Application" followed by your last name and first name. Please organize the documents in the order they are listed below.

1. Your resume
2. Your Columbia Law School transcript
3. The name of a Columbia faculty member willing to serve as a reference for you (the actual letter of recommendation is not required); and
4. A one- to two-page statement detailing the reasons for your interest in the Fellowship, including the area of law in which you hope to work and the desired duration of the fellowship (3 months minimum- 6 months maximum). 

It is anticipated that fellowship recipient(s) will be chosen in March 2019, allowing the spring semester to find a public interest work placement.

Please direct your Fellowship inquiries to Nyaguthii Chege (nchege@law.columbia.edu) or Paulette Roberts (prober@law.columbia.edu).


Junteng Zheng LL. M. 2018.

Hoping He Ping LL.M. 2018. The fellowship supported her LL.M. degree.

Bonnie Yuet Wong Tong LL.M. '16. Ms. Tong worked at ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI).

Zhang Wenjuan (Wendy) LL.M. '14. Ms. Zhang worked at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Tze-Wei Ng LL.M. '13: Ms. Ng worked at the Truth and Memory Program, International Centre for Transitional Justice.

Zhang Wanhong LL.M. '12

Ye Mingxin LL.M. ’10: Ms. Ye worked for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, New York City.

Zhang Hong LL. M. ’09: Ms. Zhang worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City.

Liu Jingjing, LL.M. ’06: Ms. Liu worked for the National Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.

Scarlett Chang, LL.M. ’05: Ms. Chang is a Staff Attorney for Sanctuary for Families, New York City.

For more information, contact Paulette Roberts