The Joseph F. Ryan Ingenuity Fellowship (“JFR Ingenuity Fellowship”) seeks to honor the legacy of Brown Rudnick’s immediate past Chair and Chief Executive Officer and recently retired partner Joseph Ryan. Joe led Brown Rudnick through a period of exponential growth between 2003 and 2019. He expanded the Firm’s presence on the worldwide stage, overseeing office openings in California, Paris, and Washington, D.C., and major expansions in New York and London. Joe began his career at Brown Rudnick as a summer associate in 1978 and rose through the ranks to become a Partner, Managing Director, and eventually, leader of the Firm. His career trajectory is emblematic of Brown Rudnick’s commitment to cultivating lawyers from the very outset of their career. The JFR Ingenuity Fellowship is testament to Brown Rudnick’s enduring commitment to invest in law students and mentor them to be the next generation of legal thinkers, doers, and leaders. The JFR Ingenuity Fellowship will be awarded to exceptional law students who have shown a high aptitude for problem-solving, creative thinking, and client service. Fellowship recipients will be individuals who will think outside of the box and bring new ideas to the Firm; game-changers who also demonstrate a true commitment to community service.

At Brown Rudnick we pride ourselves in giving real, tangible work assignments throughout the summer. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with partners who are working on cutting edge matters for marquee clients across various disciplines and industries. Our clients are amazing and we want to show them off!  *We are currently developing an added benefit for our Fellows to work in our client’s legal departments.  While the partnership is still in development we are hoping to offer this opportunity as soon as next summer. Stay tuned for more information!   

*Fellows are not guaranteed an opportunity to work in our client’s legal departments.


The Joseph F. Ryan Ingenuity Fellowship is open to 2L students who are interested in working in any of Brown Rudnick’s Boston, New York, Irvine, Hartford or Washington, DC, offices during their 2L summer and beyond. Candidates must have a proven record of academic and professional improvement and excellence. The ideal candidate will share Brown Rudnick’s values of equity and inclusion, resilience, collegiality, and entrepreneurship.

Fellowship Benefits

JFR Ingenuity Fellows will join Brown Rudnick’s Summer Program and are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in scholarship assistance:

  • $10,000 after completion of their 2L summer associate program, if in good standing and invited to return as a first-year associate; and
  • $10,000 upon starting as a first-year associate at Brown Rudnick.

In addition to being assigned associate and partner advisors, JFR Ingenuity Fellows will be partnered with a Brown Rudnick mentor who will serve as a professional and academic resource throughout the Fellow’s remaining time in law school. JFR Ingenuity Fellows will also be invited to attend social gatherings, professional and business development training, and other events throughout the academic year.

Application Requirements

Students who are interested in applying for the JFR Ingenuity Fellowship must submit the following documents:

  1. Resume,
  2. All undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts,
  3. One academic or professional letter of recommendation, and
  4. 500 words or less statement of interest describing an instance where you utilized creative problem solving, exemplary client service, and/or game-changing ingenuity to meet a need.

Apply Today

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 Joseph F. Ryan Ingenuity Fellowship.

Questions? Contact Molly Childs, Manager of Legal Recruitment:

About Brown Rudnick

Brown Rudnick combines ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven services, incentivize our lawyers to collaborate in the client’s best interest, and put excellence before scale. We focus on practices such as distressed debt, corporate restructuring, M&A, white collar defense, international disputes and intellectual property, where we are a recognized leader. We have more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals across the United States and Europe, with offices in key financial centers. Beyond the United States and Europe, we serve clients in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

To learn more about Joe Ryan and Brown Rudnick’s new CEO, Bill Baldiga, please click here.