Equal Justice America

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. Students can receive BOTH the Equal Justice Foundation (WCL) Grant and the Equal Justice America Fellowship. 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.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 350 law students with the opportunity to earn an $1,230 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 2017 application is due on April 14, 2017 and is available on the Equal Justice Works website. Fellowships are offered on a rolling basis.

Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholars Program

Are you interested in making pro bono work an integral part of your practice? The Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholars Program is a two-year summer program for top students who are interested in doing just that. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP currently offers this program in five offices: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. The Pro Bono Scholars Program is a two-summer commitment. During their 1L summer, Pro Bono Scholars spend at least seven weeks at a public interest organization of their choosing. The firm encourages the Pro Bono Scholars to choose a placement that matches their own interests and will provide them with true substantive experience. Some candidates have applied for (or even received an offer from) a public interest organization during the selection process; others have worked closely with the firm's pro bono practice to identify and secure public interest placements after being selected as a Pro Bono Scholar. While Akin Gump prefers that candidates work with organizations that have a strong fit with their pro bono practice, particularly those groups with which they already have relationships and that operate in the communities where they have offices, there are few limitations on the organizations with which a Pro Bono Scholar might work.

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program (American Society for International Law)

Established in 2004, the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a prominent human rights advocate and ASIL member. Helton died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad. Funded by contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of "micro-grants" for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.

Fellows undertake their projects in association with an established educational institution, international organization, governmental agency, or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsorship for Fellows. In acknowledgement of Arthur Helton’s commitment to human rights and humanitarian affairs in the field, preferential consideration may be given to applications demonstrating a significant fieldwork component as well as those involving the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations. Applications for fieldwork in the area of international criminal law and international humanitarian law are also encouraged.