In recognition of the vast unmet civil legal needs of low-income residents of the State of Illinois and understanding that these needs are best served when addressed by a trained attorney, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation has announced its intention to fund year-long post-graduate legal fellowships in partnership with law schools operating civil legal aid clinics in the State of Illinois. The IBF and the law schools will share the cost of each Fellowship which will be awarded annually. Fellowships will be awarded by selected law schools to qualifying graduates who will work in their alma mater’s civil legal aid clinic.


The purpose of the Fellowships is to:

  • Increase access to civil legal aid for low-income Illinois residents by providing effective legal services by qualified lawyers

  • Help new attorneys develop practical legal skills and hone interpersonal, professional and business skills in order to enhance their prospects of employment at the conclusion of the Fellowship

  • To instill in young attorneys a spirit of public interest law so that they can continue their service of low-income clients throughout their career


2019-20 Participating Law School
Loyola University School of Law in Chicago


Loyola University Chicago

Mardysa Arnold

Mardysa graduated from Loyola University Chicago's School of Law in May 2019 and will complete her Fellowship at the School of Law's Community Law Center. She has previously worked as a Juvenile Expungement Help Desk Intern for LAF and a Felony Trial Division Intern at the Cook County Office of the Public Defender. Congratulations Mardysa!

*Please designate the Post Graduate Legal Fellowships Program when making a donation.

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