The Cohen Milstein Fellowship offers recent law school graduates an opportunity to build litigation skills, experience litigation under different substantive areas of law, work alongside a range of attorneys, and explore the diverse and rewarding career paths available for public interest litigators in the private sector. The Cohen Milstein Fellowship also helps promising public interest litigators secure a toe-hold in public interest litigation to support future career decisions.

The Fellowship Experience

Over the course of their one-year term, Fellows have the opportunity to work on high-stakes matters with attorneys across the Firm, including in our Antitrust, Securities & Investor Protection, Civil Rights & Employment, Human Rights, Consumer Protection, Public Client, Employee Benefits, and Whistleblower/False Claims Act practice groups. Fellows participate in all aspects of the Firm’s work, including investigating potential cases, researching cutting-edge legal issues, conducting discovery, drafting pleadings, and collaborating with our colleagues in leading firms across the country.  

Cohen Milstein Fellows join the Firm from a variety of professional backgrounds, including directly from top law schools around the country, from judicial clerkships, and from fellowships at other public interest organizations. In addition to their case work, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in formal training and professional development opportunities and to develop mentoring relationships with attorneys at the Firm.

Representative Matters

In recent years, Cohen Milstein Fellows have contributed to compelling and important matters across the firm, including:

  • Briefing, oral argument preparation, and trial preparation in an international human trafficking matter;
  • Complex discovery and class certification briefing in a case involving pregnancy discrimination;
  • Complex discovery in an antitrust class action alleging anti-competitive conduct in the market for interest rate swaps;
  • Complex discovery and class certification briefing in case challenging ERISA violations in connection with retirement savings plan; and
  • Trial preparation in a case involving gender discrimination in pay and promotion opportunities;
  • Appellate briefing in a major securities fraud case.

The Firm

With more than 100 lawyers in six offices, Cohen Milstein has been recognized as a “class-action powerhouse” (Forbes); “the most effective law firm in the United States for lawsuits with a strong social and political component” (Inside Counsel Magazine); and one of “America’s 25 most influential law firms” (The Trial Lawyer). For over 45 years, we have fought corporate misconduct, pursuing litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, including individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised significant and often novel issues to advance social and economic justice. We are committed to providing outstanding legal representation in a manner that reflects the highest aspirations of our profession.

How to Apply

For more details regarding the application process and to apply for the Fellowship, please visit our Careers page. The application process for the Fellowship typically begins 12-14 months prior to the September start date of the program. We encourage candidates to regularly visit the Firm’s Careers page for more details on the Fellowship and when Fellowship opportunities becomes available.

Cohen Milstein is committed to recruiting, promoting, and retaining a diverse workplace within our firm. We view diversity as an inclusive concept that encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity enhances the quality of service we provide to clients and makes the Firm a more vibrant and fulfilling place to work, and we strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.