Building advanced skills while connecting to the larger family-law community

The Marsha Garrison Family Law & Policy Fellowship is designed for Brooklyn Law School students who are interested in pursuing legal careers in family law and policy, and have demonstrated strong academic and professional achievement. First year students, and part-time students in their first or second year, are eligible to apply.

The fellowship is one year long culminating in a major research project on a legal or policy issue, under the mentorship by faculty members or professionals. (Fellows may apply to renew their fellowship for a second year). Fellows receive a stipend each year of the fellowship. They do not receive credit for the research project, although the project may serve as the basis of an independent study or a student note for a journal. The fellowship provides a valuable opportunity for students interested in family law and policy to network within BLS and in the larger community.


  • Satisfactorily complete a major research project, culminating in a paper and presentation.
  • Attend regular meetings on the research project with the fellow’s faculty or professional mentor.
  • Attend fellowship gatherings.
  • Demonstrate leadership within Brooklyn Law School and the larger community on family law and policy, including but not limited to organizing school events.



Applicants should submit a resume, transcript, and brief statement of interest in family law and policy (500-1000 words) to dana.manto@brooklaw,edu. The Fellowship Committee will review applications, and possibly interview candidates.

If you have questions, please contact Professor Cynthia Godsoe at

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EST April 25, 2024. The fellowship will begin the Fall of 2024.


If you have questions, please contact: Professor Marsha Garrison at or Professor Cynthia Godsoe at