STAGE 1: WRITTEN APPLICATION
September 2020 - 15 February 2021
STAGE 2: GROUP INTERVIEW
STAGE 3: RESULTS ANNOUNCED
JOURNEY OF A FELLOW
Sept 2020 - May 2021
Applications for the 2021 Access to Justice Fellowship open September 2020. Stage 1 is an online written application, while Stage 2 is the Assessment Day (group and panel interview). In Stage 3, our NGO partners will take part in the final decision-making process when we select our Fellows.
July 2021 - Aug 2021
This entails both practical legal and soft skills, for example, case management, client interviewing skills, and legal knowledge relevant to the work of the partnering NGOs.
10 MONTHS IN NGO
Sept 2021 - June 2022
Throughout the Fellowship duration, a monitoring and evaluation plan is devised to continually measure the impact and effectiveness of our Fellowship. In addition to close communication and support from the A2J team, our Fellows will also have the support of legal mentors who will provide valuable guidance to our Fellows.
Structured evaluation mechanisms will be put into place for our partnering NGOs to evaluate the Fellow's performance, and also for our Fellows to evaluate their cooperation with the NGO, and personal growth throughout the program.
Upon completing our Fellowship program, our Fellows will be invited to become our alumni, and play an active role in nurturing the next generation of Fellows.
Compassion for the marginalized and passion for applying legal skills and knowledge in serving public interest – Willing to stretch oneself to serve people who lack access to resources or are among the disadvantaged groups in society; eager to use legal knowledge and skills to bridge the gap in accessing justice for all.
TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Excellent time & priority management – strength in handling diverse, competing projects and expectations; ability to prioritise must-do projects and renegotiate other deadlines as needed; knowledge of limitations in accepting too much work.
Productive work relationship with supervisors – willingness to ask questions to get clarify the scope and substance of assigned projects; ability to carry projects forward independently and as a team; focus on detail.
RESEARCH & WRITING SKILLS
Solid research and writing skills – aptitude in clear, thorough research and reasoning; knack for storytelling and issue framing.
Creativity in finding solutions to achieve project goals; ability in applying experience and expertise in new settings.
Interpersonal skills – capability of working effectively with a team; ability to put others at ease while inspiring them to do their best; hunger to learn and grow.
Applications for the 2021-2022 Fellowship are open now!
We are looking for compassionate, independent and creative individuals who are eager to empower grassroots communities with their knowledge to become our Fellows.
Law graduates within 5 years of graduation from a qualifying law degree in Hong Kong or overseas
Passion for public interest law
Does not require or already have acquired a work permit to work in Hong Kong during the Fellowship period
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS
Our Fellowship application is open every year from September to 15 February for the Fellowship term beginning the following July. There are selection stages:
STAGE 1 - ONLINE WRITTEN APPLICATION
All applicants must submit their applications online to , with the email titled "[year] A2J Fellowship Application - First name Last Name". The following materials must be attached to the in order to be considered for the Fellowship:
Completed application form
Personal statement (1-page)
Transcript (Should your most recent transcript not be available before the application deadline, you may first submit the current transcript you have, then submit the most recent one as soon as possible. Please indicate this in your application).
STAGE 2 - ASSESSMENT DAY (GROUP TASK AND PANEL INTERVIEW)
Applications in Stage 1 are reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee to determine a shortlist of candidates that would enter this round. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an Assessment Day that consists of two parts.
Group Task - Candidates will be divided into groups and asked to prepare and conduct a client interview.
Panel Interview - Candidates will be interviewed individually by a panel composed of Fellowship mentors, legal practitioners or judges, and representatives from our partnering NGOs.
Finalists will be selected after the Assessment Day. One Fellow would be chosen per partnering NGO each year.
Enquiries about the application process may be directed to . Please title the email "[year] A2J Fellowship Application Enquiry".