John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Residency in Nonprofit Law

The 2024-2025 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Residency in Nonprofit Law has been filled. 

What is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (the “MacArthur Foundation”) Residency in Nonprofit Law?

The MacArthur Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be offering a one-year residency in nonprofit law to a recent law school graduate to work in its Office of the General Counsel.   The purpose of the residency is to provide exposure to the legal work of the MacArthur Foundation as well as experience and exposure to the field of nonprofit law.

The residency will commence on a mutually agreeable date in the fall of 2024 at the MacArthur Foundation’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.  The Office of the General Counsel of the MacArthur Foundation currently consists of a ten-person team that includes its Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, a Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, a Senior Associate General Counsel and an Associate General Counsel. The Office of the General Counsel works closely with all MacArthur Foundation departments on matters involving state and federal tax-exempt law, general corporate law, intellectual property law, international law, investment matters, corporate governance and regulatory issues.

The Ford Foundation (“Ford”) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (“Moore”) will be hosting legal fellows.  MacArthur, Ford and Moore will work together to provide some shared programming and learning for the fellows and resident.  There may also be potential opportunities for exposure to the legal departments at other private foundations.  

Who can be a MacArthur Resident in Nonprofit Law?

All interested candidates are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants are students at an accredited law school or a tax related LLM program graduating in the spring of 2024 as well as law school (including tax related LLM)  2022 or 2023 graduates, all of whom must take the bar exam prior to the commencement of the residency.  Applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences, that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, and applicants who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in tax exempt law or public interest are encouraged to apply.  Consideration will be given to applicants’ experiences, commitment to working in this field, and academic record.

About MacArthur:

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.  The MacArthur Foundation is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including promoting local justice reform in the United States, advancing global climate solutions,  and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.  The MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations and, in 2022, paid out $321 million in grants and impact investments to organizations and individuals in the United States and around the world.

Additional information and the application form can be found at this link.