Career and Alumni Services

LEDA Career Fellow Application FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the LEDA Career Fellow application process

In this FAQ:



  1. What is the income cut-off?
    LEDA will review every application that is submitted; however, if your family makes more than $90,000 per year, your admission to the Career Institute is very unlikely. The average income of participants is $35,800 per year.
  2. What if I am not low-income but I am a first-generation college student?
    While we do give particular consideration to those who are first-generation college students, you must also meet the income requirements of the program.
  3. If I attended a community college and then transferred to a four-year institution where my status will be a sophomore/second-year, can I still apply for the Career Institute?
    Yes, the Career Institute is for members of the Class of 2025. We ask that all applicants have successfully completed their first year of college by the start of the Career Institute in August.
  4. If I am not a U.S. Citizen, can I still apply?
    We accept students who are U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, or hold DACA status.


Application Requirements

  1. If my GPA is lower than 3.0, can I still apply?
    LEDA will review every application that is submitted. If your GPA is below 3.0, please email us at with a statement elaborating on your academic situation.
  2. What if I have not participated in extracurricular activities during my first year of college?
    We will also accept any involvement during high school.



  1. What is the cost of attending the Career Institute?
    The Career Institute is free for students that have been admitted to the program. This includes travel, housing, and meals during the program.
  2. Do I have to attend the entire program?
    Yes, you must attend the full duration of the LEDA Career Institute which will include attending an individualized career coaching appointment, all required workshops, panels, roundtable discussions, employer partner led sessions and community events.The program dates for 2022 are Saturday, August 6, through Wednesday, August 10, at NYU School of Law.
  3. Will I need to be COVID-19 vaccinated to attend the Career Institute?
    Yes, all participants of the Career Institute must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster one month prior to arrival of the program.

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