2020-2021 OneJustice Executive Fellowship now accepting applications!

Learning together, while apart

Amid the disruptive effects of the pandemic, the Executive Fellowship program works to provide cutting edge content and network building opportunities to support legal aid executives during this uncertain time.

The 2020-2021 Executive Fellowship program responds to sector-wide challenges by adding session content regarding financial relief planning, human resources tactics, and remote workplace optimization. To accommodate social distancing, the 2020-2021 Fellowship, which convenes in September, will proceed via virtual instruction until January 2021, then continue with in-person sessions.

About the program

OneJustice launched the inaugural class of the Executive Fellowship program in September 2010 to respond to the need of the legal services and public interest nonprofit sector to develop strong management skills and train the next generation of diverse leaders.  The Program’s ten-month intensive curriculum, with faculty drawn from the for-profit, larger nonprofit and academic sectors, expands the capacity of the nonprofits to serve their clients by supporting and training a diverse class of executive directors and emerging leaders in core business and management skills.  The Executive Fellowship delivers graduate level nonprofit management content with a focus on learning that is both multi-model and peer-based, with classmates from similar organizational backgrounds.

Fellowship Components

In-Person Sessions: Fellows meet once a month to learn core business and management skills from expert faculty and from each other. Faculty are drawn from the nonprofit, for-profit, and academic sectors. Session topics include human resources, board development, and fundraising. For the 2020-2021 cohort, September through December sessions will be held virtually to accommodate social distancing needs.

Monthly Readings: Before each in-person session, Fellows are assigned readings that expand their perspective and understanding of various leadership and management topics.

Peer Coaching Calls: Through an activity known as “hot seating,” facilitated peer-to-peer coaching calls give Fellows a safe space to share and receive feedback on current organizational challenges. The calls are held in small groups roughly two weeks after each in-person session.

Capstone Projects: For the duration of the Fellowship, participants will work on a capstone project – a culminating project that lets Fellows apply the knowledge and skills gained in the program to a current opportunity within their organization.

Capstone Presentation: Fellows will present their capstone projects at the last session of the Fellowship – a dedicated time for Fellows to reflect on what they have learned over the past 10 months. The Fellows will also graduate and receive their Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Peer Network: One of the most valuable aspects of the Fellowship is the development of a strong and supportive peer network of like-minded social justice leaders that continues beyond graduation.

Alumni Support: After graduating, Fellows will continue to receive targeted support and resources from OneJustice. This includes webinars, organized reunions, in-person trainings, access to articles and resources on leadership topics, and the opportunity to participate in alumni peer coaching calls.


Enrollment is open to managers, senior managers, and executive directors at legal services and public interest nonprofit organizations.

Deadline to Apply: Monday July 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.


Tuition: $2,800

Although the full cost per Fellow is over $6,500, thanks to the generous support of OneJustice Executive Fellowship donors, we are able to offer this Fellowship at less than half the full cost. Comparable executive programs at universities cost $10,000 - $20,000. Please note that travel costs are not included in tuition.

Full payment of the tuition cost is due by September 10, 2020. Please note that because we are unable to enroll additional Fellows after August 16, 2020, there are no tuition refunds after this date.

If your program has a budget of less than $1,000,000 and the cost of this fellowship would cause a financial hardship, please contact us to inquire about sponsorship.

Class Schedule

Fellows are expected to attend all sessions. In-person sessions are held from 10 am to 5 pm.

Thursday, September 10, 2020 (online)

Thursday, October 8, 2020 (online)

Thursday, November 12, 2020 (online)

Thursday, December 10, 2020 (online)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 (Los Angeles)

Thursday, February 11, 2021 (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 11, 2021 (Los Angeles)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 13, 2021 (Los Angeles)

Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (SF; overnight and mandatory)