Summer Funding Sources
The Office of Public Interest maintains the following list of summer funding resources. It is updated annually as new information is provided. For third-party funding sources (non-WCL), please refer to the organization websites for up-to-date information about application criteria, materials, and deadlines. Please contact OPI with any general summer funding questions at email@example.com. Please use this information for future planning as well.
Summer Funding Sources Specifically for WCL Students
WCL Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Grants
Established at American University Washington College of Law in 1989, EJF is a non-profit, student-run organization. Throughout the school year, EJF raises money and collects donations from students, faculty, staff, and the business community to fund grants for WCL students. Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Grants are the primary source of funding for students who accept unpaid or low-paid public interest summer internships both in the U.S. and abroad. The $4,000 grants enable WCL students to gain valuable experience in the public interest sector while providing critical services to underrepresented members of our communities. Any student who accepts a full-time summer public interest position and meets EJF volunteer requirements is eligible to apply. For more information visit the EJF website.
Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship
Since 2011, the Patton Boggs Foundation has been pleased to make available annually a Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship grant to the American University Washington College of Law for summer work. The grant provides a rising 2L, 3L or 4L with the essential funding to pursue a public policy position of their choosing. One grant of $5,000 is awarded to the recipient. The Patton Boggs Foundation focuses on students with a strong interest in international dispute resolution. Students may seek opportunities in foreign countries and in the United States. A preference is given to interested veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. The Foundation also wishes to further opportunities for students who contribute to the diverse economic, educational, and ethnic background of WCL’s student body. Click here for more information about this opportunity. Applicants are also encouraged to visit the Foundation’s website and Facebook page (google "Patton Boggs Foundation Facebook") for additional information about the Foundation and prior Fellows. Applications for 2014 were due March 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Continue to check the website for next years application. Applications are available here.
Women's Bar Association Foundation of the District of Columbia Founders Fellowship
Approximately every six years, the Women’s Bar Association Foundation of the District of Columbia (WBAF) selects the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) as the recipient of their Founders Fellowship. In 2013, WCL was selected to be the recipient of the Fellowship, which provides a stipend to allow a law student to work at a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal and related needs of women and girls in the DC Metropolitan area. Examples of organizations where past recipients have worked include Ayuda, Tahirih Justice Center, and HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic. The amount of the fellowship is $7,500. Last year's applications were due April 11, 2013 and can be viewed here. Application for this scholarship is done once every six years.
Tinker Field Research Grant
Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded by the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies to American University master's or doctoral level students to support preliminary field research in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries (excluding Puerto Rico). Grants are intended to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop independent research projects and conduct hands-on field research for the first time. Funding can only be allocated to support exploratory work that will inform preparation of a PhD dissertation, a Master’s thesis or a substantial research paper. The awards are not intended for advanced dissertation research. Tinker grants cover primarily travel expenses for short (two weeks to four months) periods of investigation in Latin America. Priority is given to PhD candidates, but grants will be allocated to students pursuing other graduate degrees. Learn more.
Popular Summer Funding Sources
Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships
Equal Justice America provides $4,000 fellowships to students who accept full-time summer public interest employment at a non-profit organization in the U.S. providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor. Placements with public defender offices and government agencies do not qualify. Equal Justice America sponsors fellowships for 175 law students at more than 75 law schools, including Washington College of Law.
To apply, applicants must send a cover letter describing their commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization to Equal Justice America. Students should indicate on the cover letter whether or not they have work-study funding. Students may apply prior to securing a placement, but an employment confirmation letter is required before a fellowship will be awarded. All application materials must be sent together. Applications for 2014 were due by March 24, and awards were announced by email by April 25. Continue to check the website for next year's application.
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 350 law students with the opportunity to earn an $1,000 education award voucher for spending the summer in a qualifying internship at a non-profit, public interest organization. Students must complete 300 service hours to receive the education award voucher, which can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans. Additionally, county, state, and nonprofit public defenders offices now qualify for Summer Corps funding. The 2014 application was due on May 2, 2014 and was available on the Equal Justice Works website. The 2015 application due date has not yet been released. Fellowships are offered on a rolling basis.
Scholarship for Summer Study at The Hague Academy of International Law.
The Hague Academy of International Law provides merit-based scholarships to enable students under the age of 30 to attend its summer courses. There are two 3-week summer course periods open to candidates who have completed at least 4 years of university study that included study of international law. All candidates must be fluent in either English or French. Generally, scholarships amount to 1150 euros (less the 400 euro registration fee). The 2014 application deadline was March 1, 2014. Continue to check the website for next years application. For more information you can check this website or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Funding Sources
PSJD.org publishes summer funding information each year. Please check PSJD periodically to keep up to date with summer funding information as it becomes available. Below is a summary of various funding sources avaliable nationwide or in a specific geographic location.
Funding Available Nationwide
ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty / John J. Curtin, Jr. Legal Internship
Contact: Amy Horton Newell
Phone: 202-662-1694 |E-mail: email@example.com | Website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship1.html
This legal internship program provides a $2,500 stipend to three law students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ABA provides a list of organizations the student may consider, however this list is not exclusive. The student may work at any approved homeless advocacy project run by a bar association or legal services program. The application form is available here and all applications were due by Monday, March 31, 2014. Continue to check the website for 2015 application updates.
AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer
Phone: 202-637-5397 | Fax: 202-637-5323 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org |Website: http://www.aflcio.org/Get-Involved/Law-Student-Union-Summer
The AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer program provides a weekly stipend of $600 (plus transportation and housing costs) for a 10 week legal internship program that combines front-line legal work with grassroots organizing in real, on-going campaigns by AFL-CIO unions in various regions of the country. For more information and online application materials, click here.
Funded by contributions from ASIL members, this one-time award will provide financial assistance, "micro-grants" of up to $1000, for law students and young lawyers to pursue human rights work and research. Fellows will undertake their projects in affiliation with an established NGO or human rights organization. Summer 2014 applications were due by May 5, 2014. The 2015 application will open again in October of 2014. Please check here for more information on the fellowship.
For more information, and contact information about the fellowship, see http://www.asil.org
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) / AABA Law Foundation
The AABA offers one $2000 scholarship to a qualified summer law clerk to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community. Students must work a minimum of 10 weeks. Application instructions for the grant are available on the AABA's website. The application deadline was January 18, 2014. Check the website for updates.
In 2013, the FCBA awarded fourteen summer stipends of $5,000 to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with jurisdiction over the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite and information technology). Applicants will be considered based on their demonstrated interest in the communications field; having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position for at least eight (8) weeks with a government agency; their involvement in community activities; and, their dependence on financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. More information and application materials are available on the Foundation’s website. The application deadline was April 1, 2014. Check the website for updates.
Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship
Ms. JD is thrilled to continue their annual support of women pursuing public interest careers by offering $500 scholarships for law students working in public interest law this summer. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer. To apply, please send a resume, anticipated employer, other sources of funding, and essay on the aforementioned topic to Bence@ms-jd.org. Please include your Ms. JD user ID in your cover letter or in the plain text of your email. The 2014 application deadline was March 1 2014. Check the website for updates.
National Lawyers Guild: Haywood Burns Fellowships
The Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice has its roots in the National Lawyers Guild’s established tradition of providing legal, political, and educational support to the important progressive movements of the day. This fellowship is awards $2000 students to complete a 10-week placement through the Summer Projects Committee. The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people's lawyering." The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them. Fellowships may be completed with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups. We encourage applicants to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. This could be a small non-profit, a short-staffed community law firm, or an organizing campaign that needs legal assistance. The Haywood Burns Fellowships usually provide a rigorous legal experience as well as a political one. The 2014 deadline to apply was January 14 2014. For application updates and more information about how to apply visit the website.
The Peggy Browning Fund supports between 40 and 50 funded Summer Fellowships of $4,500 in labor-related organizations throughout the United States. Information regarding participating labor organizations and application materials are available here. A cover letter, resume and completed application form must be sent to each eligible work site to which you wish to apply. A copy of each complete application must also be sent to the Peggy Browning Fund. Both the Fund and the specific sites to which students are applying must have received your applications by the deadline. Students may apply for up to 5 mentor sites. The application deadline for 2014 was January 17, 2014 . Check the website for updates
PERC'S fellowships for graduate students and law students offer the ideal opportunity for those who are interested in researching issues related to natural resources and the environment. Graduate fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,800 for three months while working at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the supervision of a PERC senior fellow. While there, fellows are required to present two to three seminars to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result. Find more information and application materials here. Fellowships are awarded three times a year: spring, summer, and fall. Applications for a summer 2015 PERC Graduate Fellowship were accepted between January 1 and February 15, 2015. Decisions will be announced by March 15, 2014.
Pride Law Fund offered two types of fellowship for the summer of 2013: the Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship and the Steven Richter Fellowship. The Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship supports work of concern to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the public sector, on public policy or of a public service nature, work in the area of civil rights and education, and direct legal services. The Steven Richter Fellowship supports direct legal services and projects on issues of concern to individuals with HIV or AIDS. The Richter Fellowship is not limited to law students or legal projects. The PLF Fellowship Program is open to law students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization anywhere in the country. Enrollment in law school is not required for the Steven Richter Fellowship. Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship by submitting a written proposal for a Summer project on which they seek to work, together with a letter of sponsorship by an attorney from a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit public interest organization, setting forth the attorney’s commitment to supervise the applicant on the project. Application deadline for 2014 was March 3. Check the website for updates and to download the application forms. Completed applications should be sent to email@example.com during the application period only.
The GLBT Bar Association of Washington (“QLaw”) will sponsor law student summer internships for up to $500 per week for 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2013. Law students seeking low or unpaid summer internships serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community or people with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply. The Public Interest Summer Grant Program is designed to encourage innovative new projects while developing the critical skills necessary for law students developing careers in the public interest. Students will design legal projects to be sponsored by a non-profit, government, or tribal organization. The sponsoring organizations will provide the student with legal supervision and administrative support over the course of the ten (10) week internship. The grant cycle for 2014 started in December 2013. Applications were due by March 14, 2014. For more information about the application process and updates on the 2015 grants, visit this page.
The Nation Institute: Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. The fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium. Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to:
Robert Masur Fellowship
The Nation Institute
116 East 16th Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003
Applications sent in via email will NOT be considered. The 2014 deadline to apply was April 15, 2014. Check the website for updates.
The Micheal Maggio's Immigrant Rights' Summer Fellowship Program
The Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship was established jointly by the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP/NLG). One summer fellowship is awarded to a law student each summer. The Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend,complimentary registration for the AILA annual conference and a $250 travel stipend to attend the National Lawyers Guild annual conference. Fellows will be chosen by the three sponsoring organizations based on the strength of their proposed host site and project. The application period for 2014 is open. See this page for information on how to apply and the selection criteria
Funding Available in Specific Regions
The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship Fund
The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship fund is intended to provide internship opportunities for first through third year law students of under-represented minority backgrounds, with an interest in practicing law in Sarasota County upon graduation. The Scholarship Application is open to law students enrolled in Florida law schools and those enrolled in out-of-state
law schools, but who have or having had family, school, or community ties to Sarasota County. The student will receive $5,000 scholarship at the end of their summer employment. Diversity interns can also earn wages from their employer. Application deadline was March 1, 2014. Check the website for updates. Apply here.
Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship
The Immigrant Justice Corps is issuing scholarships for the first time. Justice Fellows will be hosted in New York but upon selection, Fellows will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work.Justice Fellowships run for two years, with the option of renewing for a third year based on performance. Benefits include salaries and loan repayment assistance for law school loans. To apply, you must be a law student who graduated in the Spring/Summer of 2014 or will graduate in the Spring/Summer of 2015.Applications for last years fellowship Were due on March 1, 2014. Applications must be submitted via the IJC website. Check the website for 2015 fellowship updates.
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fellowships in Environmental Law
Contact: Noemi Alvarez, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 312-988-5625 | E-mail: Noemi.Alvarez@americanbar.org.
The ABA Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law was not offered for the summer of 2013. Whether the fellowship will be available for the 2014 summer has not yet been announced. Please check back for updated information as it is received.
The program will be going through a review process in the effort to enhance the program. We would like to thank all past not-for-profit organizations representing traditionally underserved groups, other not-for-profit environmental organizations, and local, state and federal governmental organizations which provided placements for our past summer Fellowship recipients. Without their assistance, this program would not have been possible.
Asian American Law Fund of New York
Contact: Sylvia Fung Chin
Each year, the Fund awards Scholarships in the amount of $5000 each to up to three law students who work with NY community service organizations during the summer. Each student is expected to volunteer at least 6 weeks, 35 hours per week, during the summer and to apply the award to the payment of law school tuition. Projects have to be with non-profit organizations and must serve New York's Asian American community. Proposed projects for the summer are included with the application. However, applicants are allowed to propose their own projects. Proposed projects have to involve legal work and have a supervising attorney. Applications for 2014 were due by January 18, 2014. For more information on 2015 updates and deadlines check here.
AEF awards summer fellowships of $2,500 for 10 weeks each year to law students from around the nation. The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community. Such organizations include governmental organizations and other non-profits serving the public interest. The internship must be unpaid (except for nominal payment for such items as transportation), arranged by the student, extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours, and be based in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Students must secure sponsorship, then apply to AEF for funding. The 2014 summer application was due by May 7th, 2014. Application materials and information are available on the Fund's website, at law schools, or from AEF, http://www.aefdc.org/.
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation: 2013 Internship Program - Arlington, VA
This paid internship offers the unique chance to work in a substantive role for some of the top liberty advancing public policy organizations. In addition to exploring a career path within a think tank, interns engage in weekly educational programming that teaches the ideas of economic freedom and provides professional development. The 2014 Summer Internship ran from June 2, 2014 to August 15, 2014. Applications were due March 1, 2014. Check the website for more updates.
Florida Bar Foundation Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program
Phone: 800-541-2195 | Fax: 407-839-0287 | http://www.flabarfndn.org/
Effective as of the 2011-12 grant year, The Florida Bar Foundation has suspended its Law Student Assistance Grant Program temporarily due to severely reduced revenue from Florida's Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program. The Foundation intends to restore its funding of Law Student Assistance grants when IOTA revenue rises to pre-recession levels.
For more information contact Clara Bevington.
The 1983-84 grant year marked the start of the Foundation's Law Student Assistance (LSA) grant program. Since that time the Foundation has initiated and discontinued different law student grant projects to promote public interest and pro bono activities among law students and in their subsequent legal careers. Changing needs and opportunities and the availability of funds have determined the number and level of grant projects. The programs that promote public interest and pro bono work remain the central focus of the LSA grant program.
Gaylaw Education Fund
The Gaylaw Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) affiliate of The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia, is proud to offer annual Summer Fellowships, which provide monetary support for law students working at DC-area LGBT legal, non-profit organizations. The Fund hopes to encourage law students taking their first steps toward careers tackling our nation’s most complex LGBT issues.
For more information, click here. 2014 applications were due by May 30, 2014. The selection process for the next class of Summer Fellows has not yet begun. Please check back for more information as it is available. Applications will be due to GaylawEducationFund@gmail.com.
Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color for 1Ls
This fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. This program allows Goodwin Procter to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities. In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization. Additional information on the Fellowships (including how to apply) can be found here. Summer applications were due by March 14, 2014. Check the website for future updates. Any questions can be directed to Fellowships@goodwinprocter.com.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more. The fellowship pays $7,000 for 10 weeks spent with a host organization. Check the Google Policy Fellowship website for future host programs for the internship.
The HBA-DC funds two fellowships of up to $5,000 for first and second year law students to work in a non-profit legal services agency in Washington, D.C. Students must secure sponsorship on their own, then apply to the HBA-DC for funding. The Foundation also awards one $10,000 fellowship to a First Year Law student on behalf of National Council of La Raza/Patton Boggs. This fellowship is intended to provide funding for a law student working for the summer in a public interest legal position that is otherwise not compensated by the sponsoring entity. To be eligible, an applicant must be: (1) a first-year Latino/a law student; (2) actively enrolled in, and attending, any accredited law school in the United States or Puerto Rico; and (3) accepted to work for a minimum of eight weeks with the sponsoring entity. The sponsoring entity may be a not-for-profit organization or a governmental agency, and must be located in any of the following cities in the United States: the Washington DC metropolitan area; Denver, CO; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Dallas, TX; or Anchorage, AK. Preference will be given to students working with entities whose client base includes the Hispanic/Latino community. Applications for the summer of 2014 were due by April 7, 2014. For more information on the application procedure click here.
Human Rights Campaign: McCleary Law Fellows Program- Washington, DC
HRC appoints up to four full-time (37.5 hours/week) or part-time (12 hours/week) Law Fellows for the spring and fall semesters and up to four full-time summer Law Fellows. Law Fellows work with HRC attorneys, outside counsel from major national law firms, lobbyists, and organizational allies and congressional and White House staff members on legislative, regulatory and internal corporate matters. Practice areas include constitutional, contract, criminal, education, employment, disability, family, benefits, tax, health care, immigration, intellectual property, media, military and real estate law. Fellows undertake projects involving sophisticated legal research and writing, analysis and drafting of legislation and administrative regulations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and national coalition work.
Fall and Spring Law Fellowships are full or part-time for 13 weeks. Summer Law Fellowships are available only as full-time positions for an 11-week term. HRC will cooperate in Law Fellow’s application for additional remuneration, including public interest grants and academic credit. Stipends may be available for full-time Law Fellows. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample (five pages or less), the names of two references and a law school transcript to Ty Cobb, Senior Legislative Counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct all question to the same email. Hard-copy applications are strongly discouraged.
Deadlines are as follows (because HRC receives the majority of applications well in advance of these deadlines and selects Law Fellows on a rolling basis, it is wise to apply as early as possible): Fall Law Fellowships: First Tuesday in July; Spring Law Fellowships: First Tuesday in November; Summer Law Fellowships: 2L-First Tuesday in January; 1L-First Tuesday in February.
This fellowship provides $5,000 for full-time, eight week minimum, summer employment open to all first and second year law students. Through a working partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General, students will work in the consumer protection departments of the offices of state attorneys general. Thirty-four locations were selected to receive a Steiger Fellow for the summer of 2013. Applicants must submit an application form; resume; writing sample; and, statement of interest. The application form is available here. Check the website for more information.
Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Center at Yale Law School: Summer Fellow
Contact: Kathryn Jannke
Email: email@example.com | http://www.law.yale.edu/academics/lsosummerinternships.htm
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Center at Yale Law School seeks 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty this summer. A stipend of $6,700 will be provided for 12 weeks of full-time work. The summer program runs from the day after Memorial Day until the Friday before Labor Day each year. Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you are interested, a resume, writing sample, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for summer 2014 were accepted between December 1, 2013 and March 15, 2014. Early applications are encouraged. CHeck the website for updates for the 2015 fellowships.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham Fellowships
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Public Interest Fellowship - Pittsburg, PA
This year, the K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship will award one candidate an eight-week fellowship opportunity to work with the Education Law Center. The fellow is awarded $1,000/week for the eight weeks. All second and third-year law students are eligible to apply. The application deadline for the 2014 summer was October 4, 2013. Check the website for summer 2015 program updates.
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Gates 1L Diversity Fellowship
The fellowship recipient will be awarded a paid 2015 summer associate position in K&L Gates' Seattle office, plus a $10,000 academic scholarship. Applicants for the 2015 summer progam should submit a resume, undergraduate transcript, list of Fall 2014 law school courses, a five to ten-page writing sample, a personal statement of up to 500 words describing the contributions you would like to make to the legal profession and to K&L Gates (this may be a cover letter), and a list of references with contact information. Submit these materials only during the application period. The application period for summer 2014 was December 1, 2013 and January 16, 2014. For more information and updates for the 2015 summer program, click here.
Fellows must work a minimum of ten full time weeks at one of the LAAC member organizations and will receive a stipend of $3,500. Applicants must have a strong interest in working to defend and expand the legal rights of the poor and disadvantaged. Offices of Public Defenders or District Attorneys are not LAAC Member programs because they are not legal services organizations funded by IOLTA. All LAAC Member programs are located in California. People of color and students from low-income or working class backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. More information is avalible here. Please check the website for an updated application.
Maryland Legal Aid Society: Paid Law Clerk Summer 2015
Under the supervision of an attorney, a law clerk is generally expected to assist with selected functions related to casework, from initial intake through representation of clients at judicial and administrative proceedings. Some law clerks may perform exclusively or primarily non-casework functions. Individuals must be enrolled as a student in a law school, must have good written and oral communications skills and must demonstrate potential to perform duties of a law clerk.Salary: $13.00 per hour for 1L & 2L; $15.00 per hour for 3L; 35 hours per week, up to a maximum of 400 hours for the summer. Please check with the appropriate offices website to determine application periods.
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This fellowship program offers up to five stipends of up to $6,000 to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. Students must work 10 weeks and have secured a volunteer internship with a qualified Massachusetts nonprofit organization. To apply, students must submit an applicant information form, resume, an official law school transcript, one letter of reference, essay (details on applicant information form), and an organization supporting statement form. Applications may be obtained on-line. More information is avaliable here. The Summer 2014 application deadline was March 14, 2014. Check the website for 2015 summer program updates.
The program places law students in public interest legal organizations in New Jersey. Students must apply directly to Legal Services of New Jersey, which will refer prospective candidates to participating employers for final selection. Every year, over 20 public interest and government organizations in New Jersey participate in the program. 2009 Interns were paid at a rate of $550 per week for rising 2nd year students and $750 per week for rising 3rd year students. The program particularly seeks people who have demonstrated their commitment to helping the disadvantaged through their prior work, extracurricular activities during school and volunteer efforts, and give evidence of strong commitment to a public interest career. Applications for Summer 2015 will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit the Legal Services of New Jersey website for updated information.
New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
Contact: Lisa Batille| Phone: 518-463-3200 | http://www.nysba.org/
Law students are eligible for consideration if they are enrolled in a law school in New York State or are permanent New York State residents enrolled in a law school in another state. Recipients will receive a $6,000 stipend for a minimum of ten weeks of summer employment. The winner of the fellowship must find his/her own placement. Find more information here. The Summer 2014 application deadline was January 31, 2014. Check the website for summer 2015 updates.
Martin Luther King (MLK) Summer Interns are assigned to Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Hiring Committee will assign selected interns to local legal service agencies. Each summer, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network awards 10 paid internships to current law stendets to participate in a 10 week summer program. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. Minority law students from any law school are invited to apply. Find more information here. See the brochure attachment at the bottom of the web page. Current law students (1L or 2L) may indicate their interest in serving as a MLK summer intern by sending a letter (expressing interest and preferences), resume, and three references to:
MLK Summer Internship
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
The deadline for summer of 2014 was Janaury 31, 2014. Check the website for 2015 updates.
PILI recruits law students (1L's and 2L's) from across the nation for summer internships with public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. PILI awards stipends of $5,000 for ten weeks of full-time employment. Click here more information about participating public interest law agencies in the Chicago area, and for application materials .The Summer 2014 application season opened on October 15, 2013 for 2Ls, and December 1, 2013 for 1Ls. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis through March of 2014. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. PLease check the website for summer 2015 program updates.
The Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship was established to honor the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi (C.D. Cal.) for his service on the federal bench and a lifetime of community activism and leadership. The Fellowship encourages future generations of attorneys to embrace the qualities of selfless struggle, courage, intellect, and compassion that Judge Takasugi has exemplified through his many years as a state and federal judge, and as a member of the bar. All fellows must work at a public interest “sponsoring” organization, subject to approval by the Fellowship. The Fellowship funds one or more summer law fellows in amounts up to $5,000. In the past, the Fellowship has approved organizations classified as 501(c)(3)s (by the IRS Code) and public defenders’ offices. The organization must be in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. The fellows must work at a sponsoring organization for at least ten weeks. Applications are available at here. The application deadline for Summer 2014 was March 28, 2014. Please check the website for summer 2015 updates.
South Asian Bar Association of New York Public Interest Fellowship
SABANY annually awards four fellowships of $4,000 to outstanding law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service so that they may spend their summer working unpaid in the New York area public interest sector. To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must be a first or second year law student either (i) of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2015 in an unpaid legal internship in New York State, or (ii) who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship in New York State which specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community. Applications information and criteria are available on the SABANY website.
South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C. Public Interest Fellowship
SABA-DC provides financial assistance in the form of summer fellowships to law students working at public interest organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to help fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization for the benefit of the South Asian community and the metropolitan D.C. area. The number of Fellowships awarded, as well as the amount of each grant, will be determined by the SABA-DC Fellowship Committee and is based on SABA-DC’s fundraising efforts and the number of quality applicants it receives. Information about the 2015 Summer Fellowship has not yet been posted on the SABA-DC website.
The Foundation will provide grants of up to $5,000 to law students for projects that make governmental and social services agencies more accessible and responsive to individuals or groups whose needs are not adequately met. The Foundation is interested only in proposals that will produce some tangible program, such as information booklets, brochures, educational curriculum and videotapes. Projects must benefit residents of Southern California. The application and additional information is available here. The deadline to apply for Summer 2014 was March 17, 2014. Please check the website for summer 2015 updates.
CHCI Law Graduate Fellowship
3Ls & 4Ls- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute sponsors a nine month paid fellowship program that offers three exceptional Latinos who have earned at least a master's degree within three years of the program start date with unparalleled exposure to hands-on experience in public policy areas, including law. Summer 2014 applications were accepted up to February 15, 2014. Check teh website for 2015 summer updates. For more information and to apply, please visit:http://www.chci.org/fellowships/page/chci-graduate-law-fellowship-2013-14. For questions, please contact Carolina Rizzo email@example.com.