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Public Interest Summer Funding

UC Davis

John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship

No. of Grants: 2 King Hall students
Location: National locations
Grant Amount: $5,000 per student for summer 2015
Description & Website: In partnership with the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Foundation, the UC Davis School of Law will provide two King Hall law students grants of $5,000 each to support their summer work in public interest law. The awards will be made in partnership with the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Foundation, established by former law clerks of Justice Stevens. Stevens Fellowships will recognize chosen law students’ commitment to public service and their potential for excellence throughout their legal careers.https://law.ucdavis.edu/centers/cilc/fellowships.html
Eligibility: Any student at UC Davis School of Law who secures a summer law placement in service of the public interest, in the United States.
How to Apply:

A complete application must include: an application cover sheet, a resume/curriculum vitae indicating all experience relevant to the fellowship, statement of purpose (2-5 pages), two faculty references, and a letter of support from the sponsoring organization.

All items must be submitted electronically. If you absolutely cannot submit the application over email, you may submit five (5) complete copies of your application or your application will be considered incomplete. All items must be submitted to the fellowship coordinator Uyen Le at uple@ucdavis.edu:

Uyen P. Le
Free Speech & Technology Fellow
California International Law Center (CILC)
University of California, Davis School of Law
400 Mrak Hall Drive
Davis, CA 95616

JPS Fellowship Application

JPS Fellowship FAQ's

Deadline: March 1, 2015 by 4:00 pm

UC Davis King Hall Legal Foundation

No. of Grants: 15 summer grants for 2014
Location: Nationwide/International
Grant Amount: Up to $4,400 for 400 hours of work during the summer.
Description & Website:

The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing equal access of underserved populations to justice. The Foundation funds public interest work undertaken by King Hall students.

The fellowship program consists of grants awarded to eligible first and second year law students for otherwise unpaid summer legal work in the public interest sector. The grants are for 400 hours of public interest legal work at qualifying organizations.

Types of Grants: KHLF administers two types of grants:

  • General Public Interest Grant (funded by KHLF) – the number of general public interest grants awarded depends on the amount of revenue generated from Oktoberfest, the Steve Boutin Golf Tournament, the Annual Spring Auction, and the number of applications. While the grant process is competitive, last year, KHLF was able to fund 15projects, including the Mabie-Appallas/LSNC Public Interest Law Grant.
  • Mabie-Apallas/LSNC Public Interest Law Grant (generously funded by the Mabie-Apallas Endowment) – one or more students who have a confirmed internship with Legal Services of Northern California, max award $4,400.
http://students.law.ucdavis.edu/KHLF/news/index.html#1
Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must:

1) Be a KHLF member whose dues ($20.00) are paid by the deadline of March 31, 2015.

2) Be a 1L or 2L student at King Hall.

3) Volunteer 20 hours of time with KHLF. The volunteer work must be properly documented. 5 hours must be completed at the KHLF Charity Auction on February 27, 2015.  At least 15 of the 20 hours must be with a solicitation committee, whose leader will confirm your eligibility for a grant.

4) Volunteer five hours of time at a qualifying legal aid provider or otherwise approved organization and submit form prior to or with application.

How to Apply:

Please attach with your application:

  1. A 2-4 page grant proposal describing the summer work you have planned;
  2. A personal statement no more than 2 pages in length describing your interest and/or commitment to the issues addressed in your grant proposal as well as any training or skills needed to complete the work successfully; and
  3. A letter from the sponsoring organization confirming its interest in and support for your work proposal. Ask the organization not to include your name on this letter, but to refer to you as “the grant applicant.”
  4. Optional:  You may attach a “Statement of Financial Need” describing your financial need for a KHLF Summer Grant.  If included, it must not exceed 200 words.

Applications must be submitted digitally to khlfgrants@gmail.com.

Successful sample applications from previous years are available on KHLF’s smartsite. If you have questions, please contact Jake Leraul (djleraul@ucdavis.edu) or Tyler Maffia (tsmaffia@ucdavis.edu).

To view the summer 2015 application click here. 

Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by 5:00 PM

UC Human Rights Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: 2
Location: Nationwide / International
Stipend & Term: $4,500 for Summer 2015
Description & Website: The California International Law Center (CILC), at UC Davis School of Law, is pleased to announce the annual competition for two UC Davis student fellowships in partnership with organizations working on human rights issues. The fellowship enables each student recipient to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with human rights organizations related to the student's area of study. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the work of human rights organizations while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students' areas of research or academic focus. The fellowship program welcomes multi-disciplinary approaches to human rights fieldwork. Students are encouraged to publish the results of their fieldwork. Preference will be given to graduate students and returning students. Applicants must plan to spend at least 6-8 weeks working with a partner organization to qualify for the fellowship. http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/centers/cilc/fellowships.html
Eligibility: Currently enrolled UC Davis students
How to Apply:

Application cover sheet, resume/curriculum vitae, statement of purpose (2-5 pages), names of two faculty references, and a letter of support from the sponsoring organization. All items must be submitted electronically to the UC Davis Fellowship Coordinator Uyen Le at uple@ucdavis.edu.  If you absolutely cannot submit your application by email, please submit five (5) complete copies of the application.

UC Human Rights Fellowship Application

UC Human Rights Fellowship FAQs

Deadline: March 1, 2015 by 4:00pm

Off Campus

The Access to Justice Internship Program

No. of Grants: 8
Location: Texas
Grant Amount: Summer interns will be granted a stipend of $5,000 for 400 hours of work.
Description & Website: The Access to Justice Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for law students to participate in an internship with a legal aid organization. These internships educate students about the civil legal needs of low-income people and provide future lawyers with the skills to address these problems. Each law student is supervised by accomplished lawyers and has the opportunity to provide direct legal services to low-income clients while receiving hands-on training and mentorship. Each supervising attorney provides their law students with a variety of experiences and assignments, including significant research and writing, which helps them learn about access to justice matters, legal decision-making, advocacy skills, attorney-client relationships, and legal institutions. Each prospective intern will need to contact his/her desired legal services organization to secure placement and must include the organization’s name and the supervising attorney on his/her application. http://www.texasatj.org/atj-internship-program
Eligibility: The internships are open to law school students from any law school throughout the country, but preference is given to applicants from Texas law schools.  The internships are open to law students working with legal aid organization in rural and urban communities, but preference is given to those working with a rural population.
How to Apply: Applications can be downloaded online and must be mailed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, Attention Kristen Levin.
Deadline: March 31, 2015 by 5:00 pm

Anapata Student Scholarship

No. of Grants: Varies
Location: Nationwide
Grant Amount: $1,000
Description & Website: Anapata is proud to announce the Anapata Scholars Program. Anapata will name each Anapata Scholar via the Anapata Diversity Scholarship Contest. Each Anapata Scholar will recieve a $1,000 scholarship and a featured profile on the Anapata network. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-approved law school in the United States. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Factors considered in the selection process include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills and a sincere interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.http://ms-jd.org/anapata-student-scholarship
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-approved law school in the United States.
How to Apply: Resume, transcript, personal introduction paragraph, two recommendations (2-3 sentences from peers, mentors, or employers), and an essay (max. 750 words). Please email scholarship@anapata.com with a link to your Anapata profile and a copy of your essay (in .pdf format).
Deadline: Scholarship last granted in 2010. Check Anapata website periodically for updates.

Appleseed Foundation Legal Fellowships

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: 16 Centers nationwide
Stipend & Term: Full time/10 weeks but may split time for reduced pay; stipend varies
Description & Website: Appleseed is seeking people with creativity and personal initiative who are interested in working on developing systemic responses to pressing local and national issues. Depending on the particular placement, fellows can expect to be involved in legal and community organizing, research and writing, factual investigation and to work with staff and volunteer attorneys as well as activists. Although the projects of each Appleseed Center vary, issues being addressed include housing, consumer protection, children's issues, public health/healthcare, electoral reform, juvenile justice, economic justice, educational reform, and corporate and government accountability. First year students are encouraged to apply for summer fellowships.https://www.appleseednetwork.org/get-involved/fellowships/
Eligibility: Law students
How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to: mbarnes@appleseeds.net
Deadline: [2015 information not currently available]

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship

No. of Grants: Varies
Location: Nationwide
Grant Amount: “micro-grants” of $2,000
Description & Website:              Funded in part by contributions from ASIL members and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” of $2,000 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. Helton Fellowships are intended to ensure that these individuals have access to modest amounts of funding that can often stand between them and their first professional opportunities to become effective practitioners, experts, and scholars of international law. Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to contribute to paying for logistics, housing and living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow’s international law fieldwork and research. http://www.asil.org/sites/default/files/Helton_application_instructions.pdf 
Eligibility:             The Helton Fellowship Program seeks applicants in the early stages of their academic and professional careers who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to the use and study of international law around the world. Law students, practicing lawyers, human rights professionals, scholars, and other individuals seeking assistance in conducting international fieldwork and law-related research are encouraged to apply. Applicants can be of any nationality but must be current law students or have graduated from law school (at either the undergraduate or graduate levels) no earlier than December 2012.              In order to ensure the quality and applicability of their proposal, applicants must obtain written support for their fieldwork or research project from a sponsoring organization. This organization can be any educational institution, international organization, governmental agency, or non-governmental organization working in international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international criminal law, or related areas. The sponsoring organization must provide a letter of support for the applicant clearly indicating their awareness of the proposed project, the role that they will play in assisting the potential Helton Fellow in completing the project, and the value of the project to the organization’s mission, the surrounding region, and/or the relevant field of international law. Individuals pursuing independent research or fieldwork are not eligible for Helton Fellowships. Applicants should also identify other potential sources of funding to cover costs related to their fieldwork. ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsorship or alternative funding for Fellows.             Fellows must begin their fieldwork between April 2015 and September 2015. Helton Fellow projects must be completed no later than March 2016.
How to Apply:             Successful applications must be submitted by the deadline to fellowship@asil.org and must include the following materials: •Helton Fellowship application form •Project Budget •Writing Sample (limit of 10 pages) •Current CV or résumé •Confirmation of law student status and/or date of g raduation from law school •Letter of support from your sponsoring organization, including details of your proposed project, impact of the project to the sponsoring organization, on the region, or in the relevant field of international law and •Two letters of recommendation or support.             Applicants will be considered by the Helton Fellowship Selection Committee on the basis of the written materials included in the application package. No interviews or any other communications with applicants will be conducted.
Deadline: Monday, January 19, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Asian American Law Fund of New York

No. of Interns: Up to 3
Location: New York
Stipend & Term: $5000 - Each student is expected to volunteer at least 8 weeks, 35 hours per week, during the summer of 2015.
Description & Website: The Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. (the "Fund”), a non-profit organization originally established in 1993 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York ("AABANY”),[1]invites law students to apply for its Community Service Scholarship Awards ("Asian American Law Fund Scholarship” or the "Scholarship”). The Fund will award Scholarships in the amount of $5000 each to up to three law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian American community. The purpose of the award is to assist law students with their tuition while encouraging them to use their legal knowledge and training to benefit the Asian American community in New York and to foster commitment by law students to public service to the Asian American community in New York.http://www.aabany.org/?page=A5
Eligibility:

The Fund will take into consideration all the materials submitted by the applicant and will give particular weight to the essay portion of the application and the applicant’s Summer project. The letter of recommendation should be written by a person who can provide relevant information to the Fund and who can be contacted by the Fund. Among the factors to be considered by the Fund are the following:

· the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono and/or public interest legal work to the Asian American community;

· the applicant’s leadership potential;

· the applicant’s maturity and responsibility; and

· the applicant’s financial need.

It is the Fund’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Since the award must be applied to a recipient’s law school tuition, students who are already receiving full tuition scholarships are not eligible.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a completed and signed Scholarship Application form. The Scholarship Application must be accompanied by (i) a description of the proposed volunteer work for the summer of 2015 plus the name, email address and phone number of a contact person at the organization sponsoring the volunteer work, (ii) an essay not to exceed 750 words, (iii) a letter of recommendation from a person not related to the applicant, (iv) an official copy of the applicant’s most recent law school transcript, (v) a copy of the applicant’s resume and (vi) a description of other scholarships, grants or awards that the applicant may be receiving during Summer 2015 and any course credit to be received for the Summer. Applicants who wish to demonstrate financial need may also submit a copy of their law school application for financial assistance or discuss such need in their essay. Applicants receiving other sources of funding and course credit for the Summer are eligible to apply for this scholarship but must disclose such funding and credit as part of their application. In addition, applicants must promptly notify the Fund if they receive such funding or course credit after the submission of the Scholarship Application.
Deadline: March 23, 2015

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) Fellowships

No. of Fellowships: Varies
Location: Washington, DC and vicinity
Stipend & Term: Each AEF Fellow will receive a total stipend of $3,500 for at least 10 weeks or 400 hours of work.
Description & Website: 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.http://www.aefdc.org/
Eligibility:

Any student at an accredited law school who is enrolled at least part-time, as determined by the school, who is in good standing, who is a candidate for a law degree, and who has not previously received a fellowship from AEF, is eligible to apply.

For all recipients of a fellowship, AEF requires that the internship be unpaid (except for nominal payment for such items as transportation), arranged by the student, and extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours.

How to Apply:

Application form available online and must also include:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript
  • One letter or recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Employer form
  • Personal Information form

All materials, except the one letter of recommendation, should be submitted in a single email to aefboard@gmail.com.  The one letter of recommendation may be emailed separately to the same email address.

Deadline: May 1, 2015 by 10pm ET

The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Thomas Steel Internship

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: San Francisco, CA
Stipend & Term: $5,000, roughly June through August
Description & Website: The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Thomas Steel Internship. The Thomas Steel intern will work closely with the NLGSF and will have the unique opportunity to conduct legal research, to outreach to the LGBT community, and to connect with partner organizations.http://www.nlgsf.org
Eligibility: All law students in any class standing.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to carlos@nlgsf.org or fax 415-285-5066.
Deadline: February 10, 2014 [2015 information currently not available]

Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship (University of Michigan Law School)

No. of Interns: 27 in 2013
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: A three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. We will cover living expenses during the training and travel costs to Ann Arbor and then to his or her placement or back home (up to $600).
Description & Website: Students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a 3 day training session in May at the University of Michigan Law School, Fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. Some advantage is given to students who have arranged their own summer placements and all or part of their summer living stipend. However, applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer placement or source of summer money. Once accepted into the fellowship program, we will assist in placement and the search for funds.http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Bergstrom/Pages/summerfellowship.aspx
Eligibility: Our selection criteria include evidence of commitment to the field of children's law, past experiences related to children and family, and performance indicative of likely future success in the field. We will give some advantage to students who have arranged their own summer placements and all or part of their summer living stipend. Interested applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer placement or source of summer money, however. Once accepted into the fellowship program, we will assist in placement and the search for funds.
How to Apply: Application form (available online), statement of interest, resume, and two reference letters.
Deadline: February 9, 2015

Bill Smith Memorial Summer Fellowship

No. of Grants: 1
Location: Most public interest organizations qualify as employers under the terms of the Bill Smith Fellowship.
Grant Amount: Grant amount of $1,000 awarded.
Description & Website: Bill F. Smith (’98) was a Lambda alumnus who was active in LGBT and disability rights law. To honor Bill’s memory, this fellowship program consists of one grant awarded to eligible first and second year law students for otherwise unpaid summer legal work in LGBT and/or disability rights law.
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must be a member of Lambda LSA, as evidenced by your attendance and/or participation at Lambda events or membership on the Lambda executive board. You must also secure a full-time summer position with a public interest organization. Grantee must also be willing to communicate the impact of their summer project to the Lambda board in the fall semester. This function serves as an informal grant report.
How to Apply:

Submit the following documents, in the following order, in a single PDF to Kasey Lewallen (kclewallen@ucdavis.edu):

1) A 2-4 page grant proposal describing the summer work you have planned;

2) A personal statement of no more than 2 pages in length describing your interest in or commitment to LGBT and/or disability rights issues;

3) A letter from your sponsoring organization confirming its interest in and support for your project proposal (ask the organization to not include your name in this letter, but to refer to you as “grant applicant”).

You may optionally attach a statement of financial need; if included, it must not exceed 200 words.

Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST

Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program

No. of Grants: 80 in 2013
Location: Various
Grant Amount: A generous stipend to help offset the costs of participating in the in the amount of $5,000 for Summer KFP (10 weeks) or $6,000 for Spring KFP (12 weeks). Program runs from May 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015.
Description & Website:

The Koch Fellow Program uniquely combines policy work experience with professional education. Through the program, fellows are connected to policy and research roles at more than 80 think tanks and non-profit organizations across the country, as well as directly with professors. Alongside this in-depth work experience on a variety of federal and state issues, fellows undertake a rigorous curriculum of market-based policy analysis, participate in professional education seminars, and engage in theoretical discourse on the ideas of a free society.

Summer KFP runs for 10 weeks and Spring KFP runs for 12 weeks. Both programs include:

  • In-person seminars at the beginning and end of the program.
  • An internship at a state, federal, or single-issue policy organization located in the Washington, DC, area, or elsewhere across the country. Fellows who are already employed full time may opt to remain in their current role during the program, provided the position and organization are approved by our selection team.
  • Weekly night lectures on popular policy issues on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Professional education and training opportunities on topics such as public speaking.
http://www.charleskochinstitute.org/koch-summer-fellow-program/
Eligibility: Fellows vary in years of experience and level of education and come from different education and professional backgrounds. A bachelor’s degree is not required and current students and graduates are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates have a commitment to limited government and have demonstrated a willingness to learn and be challenged. Fellows must be available to work at a partner organization up to full-time in addition to the Wednesday evening lectures.
How to Apply: The online application for admission consists of several parts including your work history, resume, and answers to questions regarding your interest in the program and view of the role of government.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program (Legal Aid Association of California)

No. of Interns: 1 in 2014
Location: Various
Stipend & Term: $3,000 for a ten week full time internship. The fellowship can be combined with up to but no more than $2,000 of additional funding.
Description & Website:

Each year, LAAC offers the Dan Bradley Fellowship to fund law students who want to spend their summer working at a legal aid organization. The Dan Bradley Fellowship not only gives law students the opportunity to explore a career in legal services, it offers legal services programs a new source of dedicated and energetic summer staff.

The Dan Bradley Fellowships will be given to applicants who work for a rural organization or on a rural issue. A Dan Bradley Fellow can address a rural issue while interning at an organization that is not in a rural location.

http://www.laaconline.org/DanBradleyFellowship
Eligibility: Law students who will spend the summer of 2015 interning at a LAAC member organization; AND who plan to work either at a rural program or on a rural issue; AND who have not secured more than $2,000 of other funding for their summer work.   Applicants must also have a strong interest in a career in public interest law, working to defend and expand the legal rights of people who live in poverty. Students of color and students from low-income or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:

Download the Dan Bradley Fellowship Application HERE

Submit a completed application by Monday, March 30, 2015 to Lorin Kline at lkline@laaconline.org. Be sure to complete and include all parts of the application:

  • Application Forms A-C
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • References

Please include "DAN BRADLEY APPLICATION - [LAST NAME]" in the email subject line

Deadline: March 30, 2015

Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: New Jersey
Stipend & Term: 2014 interns were paid at the rate of $550 per week for rising second-year students and $750 per week for rising third-year students. Placements are typically for a 10-week period, but on occasion this has been extended.
Description & Website: Legal Services of New Jersey expects to sponsor, once again, a paid intern program during the summer of 2015, awarding summer intern fellowships in New Jersey public interest legal organizations to rising second- and third- year law students. The purpose of this program is to promote awareness of and commitment to careers in public interest law by offering rewarding employment opportunities to law students. Although the program design is subject to change, in past years students have been employed in Legal Services programs as well as other public interest entities, such as the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, American Friends Service Committee, and various domestic violence shelters. http://www.lsnj.org/Internships.aspx
Eligibility: The Deborah T. Poritz Fellowship is a paid summer intern program open to students who will have completed their first or second year of law school as of June 2015. Rising third-year law students are given some priority, due to a special New Jersey Court rule under which students employed by Legal Services offices and other legal aid programs may be certified to appear in a number of State courts. Outstanding rising second-year students will also be considered.
How to Apply: To apply, you must complete a Summer Intern application, which is available online. Applications may be submitted electronically, by facsimile, or via U.S. mail.
Deadline: Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received and hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis until all positions are filled (usually by mid-March)

Diversity Clerkship Program, ABA Section of Business Law

No. of Interns: 9 in 2014
Location: Clerkship locations will be determined after clerks are selected based on the needs of Business Court Judges in various locations.
Stipend & Term: Participants in the Diversity Clerkship will receive a $6,000 stipend to cover living expenses upon the start of their Clerkship.
Description & Website: Encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. Participants will be placed for a clerkship with a judge in California, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina or South Carolina.  During the internship, there will be both substantive programming and networking opportunities.http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html
Eligibility: Applicants must be current first or second year law students attending an ABA-approved law school. Applicants must be considered diverse in one of the following ways:Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Law student of color Women Law students with disabilities LGBT law students Students who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student Applicants must be ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section Members.
How to Apply: Application form online, resume, official undergraduate and law school transcripts, two letters of reference, an essay of  500 words or less (as described in the application), and a writing sample.
Deadline: December 26, 2014

Education Pioneers Summer Graduate School Fellowship

No. of Interns: 375
Location: Bay Area, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, Dallas, Detroit
Stipend & Term: The 10-week summer placement offers a $7,000 stipend, and the yearlong placement offers a $50,000-$80,000 salary range.
Description & Website:

Education Pioneers recruits and develops talented business, law, policy, and education graduate students with diverse professional backgrounds and helps them launch high-level education leadership careers through the 10-week summer Graduate School Fellowship.

The Graduate School Fellowship features high-impact work experience as a project consultant for a leading education organization, leadership development workshops that examine complex urban issues and deepen Fellow's understanding of the landscape, and access to a robust, nationwide network of industry experts and Alumni.

http://www.educationpioneers.org/summergraduateschoolfellowship
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least one academic year of graduate studies prior to the start of the Fellowship and be in good academic standing, or have completed his or her graduate studies. Applicants must have at least two years of full-time professional experience (30+ hours per week), which excludes undergraduate and graduate summer work or internships. Education Pioneers and its partners do not sponsor employment-based visas for the program.  Fellows must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis for the duration of the program. All fellows are required to have a Social Security Number (SSN) for tax reporting purposes.  If a SSN has not yet been assigned, the fellow must apply for one within seven days of commencing employment with a partner organization.
How to Apply: Application form is online. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of hearing your decision early.
Deadline: February 13, 2015 11:59PM Pacific Time

Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships

No. of Fellowships:
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: Up to $4,000 for working full-time (35-40 hours per week) for at least 10 weeks over the summer.
Description & Website:

Equal Justice America is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1993. EJA has become a national leader in providing opportunities for law students to work with organizations that deliver civil legal services to those most in need. Our efforts expose a new generation of future lawyers to the urgency of pro bono assistance to our most vulnerable citizens. Students at more than 80 law schools now have the opportunity to take part in the Equal Justice America Fellowship Program.

https://www.equaljusticeamerica.org/prev_applications/ApplicationSummer.htm
Eligibility: Law students at listed law schools who will be working full-time during the summer for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance to the poor. The hiring organization must be a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor, public defender offices and government agencies do not qualify.
How 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. Note whether or not you are eligible for work-study in the cover letter of your application. All required materials must be sent together to the address below:

Equal Justice America

13540 East Boundary Road

Building 11, Suite 204

Midlothian, Virginia 23112

Deadline: March 23, 2015

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps

No. of Grants: 350 in 2013
Location: Nationwide
Grant Amount: Accepted members must complete the required 300 hours of service by August 31 in order to receive the Eli Segal Education award valued at $1,212.
Description & Website: Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program. The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program engages law students around the country who are expanding the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2013-2014 to provide 360 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issue areas.http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/americorpsjd/apply
Eligibility: To participate in AmeriCorps JD:
How to Apply:

There are two steps you must take before completing an application:

1. Review the eligibility requirements above the AmeriCorps JD Application Guide to ensure you are eligible.

2. Secure a position with a qualifying organization.

  • Equal Justice Works will not find a placement for you. For more information on organizations that are interested in hosting AmeriCorps JD Members click here.
  • Confirm the name of your direct supervisor at the organization in order to complete the application.

Once this has been completed fill out an application online.

Deadline: April 15, 2015 by 5 p.m. EDT

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation

No. of Grants: 5 in 2014
Location: Nationwide
Grant Amount: The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to those with an unpaid summer internship of at least 8 weeks.
Description & Website:

For the 22nd consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund.  The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state, and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.”  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.

http://www.fcba.org/foundation/internship-stipends-for-law-students/
Eligibility: Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications field, (2) having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least eight weeks with a Federal, state or local government agency with a significant connection to the communications industry, (3) dependence on financial assistance in order to accept the unpaid internship in a government agency or entity involved in communications; and, (4) community activities.
How to Apply:

Applications for internship funding should be submitted online at:

https://fcbafoundation.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/default.aspx.


Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Applications are due no later than April 1, 2015 and the winners will be notified by May 15, 2015.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)

No. of Grants: One or Two
Location: Greater Los Angeles Area
Grant Amount: The maximum amount of the Grant is $5,000. The Grant may be received in addition to school-based or other summer public interest funding, but may not be used to duplicate a project that would otherwise already be covered by existing funding. Projects must be completed during the summer of 2015
Description & Website: Grant is awarded to law students for projects that make governmental and social institutions and agencies more accessible and responsive to members of society whose interests are not otherwise adequately recognized or asserted. The WLALA Foundation is specifically interested in proposals that will produce some tangible materials or other “product,” such as information booklets, brochures, educational curriculum, and videos.http://www.wlala.org/?66
Eligibility: Strong preference is given to applicants who have the support of a sponsoring organization, but the Grant is not intended to fund a summer clerkship or externship at an organization. Projects must benefit residents of the greater Los Angeles area.
How to Apply:

Submit application form (available online), contact information for three references, resume, two essays, two letters of recommendation, and budget description to:

Patricia A. Daza-Luu, Esq.
Weston & McElvain, LLP
601 S. Figueroa St., Suite 2350
Los Angeles, CA 90017

pdaza-luu@wmattorneys.com

(213) 596-8007 Direct Line
(213) 596-8039 Facsimile

Deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

Goldmark Equal Justice Internship (Legal Foundation of Washington)

No. of Interns: 1- 2
Location: Washington State
Stipend & Term: $8,000/10 weeks
Description & Website: The Legal Foundation of Washington sponsors 1-2 internships in a community based legal service program. Responsibilities will vary depending on organization which is selected by the foundation.http://www.legalfoundation.org/pages/goldmark_internship
Eligibility: 2L law students through recent graduates; additional requirements will vary from year to year.
How to Apply: Application form and additional information online
Deadline: Friday, July 11, 2014 [2015 information currently not available]

The Google Policy Fellowship

No. of Grants: Unknown
Location: Nationwide
Grant Amount:

•Accepted students in good standing with their host organization will receive a $3,500 USD
stipend payable shortly after they begin the Fellowship.
•Students who receive passing mid-term evaluations by their host organization will receive a
$2,000 USD stipend shortly after the mid-term evaluation.
•Students who receive passing final evaluations by their host organization and who have
submitted their final program evaluations will receive a $2,000 USD stipend shortly after final
evaluations.

Students will work for 10-12 weeks in 2015.

Description & Website:

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students
interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing
to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional
interests.


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 creativity,
consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation,
free expression and more.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations and will have the
opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows
will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including
conducting policy research and analysis, drafting reports and white papers, attending
government and industry meetings and conferences, and participating in other advocacy
activities.

Please visit www.google.com/policyfellowship
Eligibility:

We’re looking for students who are passionate about technology, and want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Eligibility is based on enrollment in an accredited university by January 1, 2015.

You may be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student. You must be eligible and authorized to work in the country of your fellowship.

Please see individual host organizations for more information about the program timeline. You are welcome to apply to more than one host organization.


Please see the website for complete information.

How to Apply:

Students should be prepared, upon request, to provide Google or host organization with transcripts from their accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Transcripts do not need to be official (photo copy of original will be sufficient).

Please see individual host organizations for more information about the program timeline. Applications can be found online.

Deadline: See individual organization deadlines online

Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships (National Lawyers Guild)

No. of Fellowships: 5 for 2015
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: We provide $2,000 for ten weeks of full-time work (unless otherwise noted) and encourage students to pursue matching public interest grants or course credit to supplement this stipend.
Description & Website: NLG is a progressive organization that awards grants to students working for traditionally underserved organizations. Students may work with any existing organization with this mission, although non-traditional projects are encouraged. NLG encourages timely projects that may not be eligible for funding from another source. Recipients have the opportunity to network with area Guild members working in a related area. NLG does not typically award grants to students working for large, well-funded non-profit organizations or government-funded agencies.http://www.nlg.org/fellowships
Eligibility: 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.
How to Apply: Applicants submit an application (available online) and a proposal including a letter of support from the host organization. Applications that arrive after the deadline or are incomplete upon arrival will not be considered.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Humanity in Action Fellowship Program

No. of Fellowships: 40 Fellows were selected for 2014
Location: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and Warsaw
Stipend & Term:

The Fellowship will run from May 25-June 28, 2015 for Fellows from American universities. Fellows of the Humanity in Action Fellowship are placed in one of five cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris or Warsaw.

COSTS:

Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship programs. Humanity in Action will also cover the cost of airfare to Washington, DC to attend the orientation at the Council on Foreign Relations. However, all Fellows will be responsible for financing the cost of round-trip airfare from the United States to their program city. Humanity in Action will cover this cost for Fellows with documented need.

Although Humanity in Action provides a modest stipend for meals, Fellows should also plan to bring spending money of approximately $750 for food and social activities during the fellowship program.

Description & Website: Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism—as they affect different minority groups today. The Fellowship seeks to educate, connect and inspire the world's future leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice.http://www.humanityinaction.org/pages/91-main
Eligibility: Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply: Apply online at http://www.humanityinaction.org/pages/91-main.
Deadline: January 8, 2015

The J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service

No. of Interns: 10 awarded in 2014.
Location: Worldwide
Stipend & Term: Typically up to $2,000 per summer.
Description & Website: Awarded annually based on need, to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service. The award enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already identified a position or project, but who require additional funds.http://jwsaxefund.org/
Eligibility: Only those applicants satisfying the following criteria will be considered:
How to Apply: To apply, you must submit the following materials to info@jwsaxefund.org in order to be eligible for consideration:
Deadline: April 1, 2015. Candidates will be notified about awards by the beginning of May.

Janet Steiger Fellowship (ABA Section of Antitrust Law)

No. of Fellowships: Varies
Location: The participating government office locations for the summer of 2015 are listed on the application form.
Stipend & Term: Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer (administered through the various state and territorial agencies and subject to certain federal taxes).
Description & Website:

Each Fellowship is part of the Consumer Protection Outreach Initiative of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. Students will be placed in the Consumer Protection Departments of each state office and more than 50% of each student's time will be devoted to consumer protection matters. The remainder of each student's time, at the option of each state, may be devoted to antitrust matters.

The states that will receive Steiger Fellows during the summer of 2015 are:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachuesetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/steiger_fellowship_project.html
Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, applicants must currently be first or second year law students at an ABA accredited law school.
How to Apply: Students applying for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship must download the application available at: http://AmBar.org/Steiger.  Submit an application form, resume, statement of interest, writing sample, and law school transcript.
Deadline: January 12, 2015

John Curtin Internship Program (American Bar Association, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty)

No. of Interns: 3
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school 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. Minimum of 8 weeks.
Description & Website: The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants.  The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school 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 Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship1.html
Eligibility: The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.
How to Apply:

Each applicant shall submit a cover letter, resume, application form and a prospective program's supporting statement. Please be specific about the issues on which you plan to focus and what you hope to accomplish. Click HERE  for application package.

Applicants must submit application to:

The Curtin Internship Program
American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

or

Email: Amy.HortonNewell@americanbar.org

Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, ABA Section of Litigation

No. of Interns: Varies, more than 100 each year
Location: Various
Stipend & Term: $2000/6 week minimum
Description & Website: To provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.  The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT. Legal research and writing for state or federal judges. Participating judges are from Illinois; Texas; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA: Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/judicial_intern_opportunity_program.html
Eligibility: 1L or 2L minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students. 2L students can apply starting Nov. 1, 2013 and 1L students can apply starting Dec. 1, 2013
How to Apply: Application form, statement of interest, resume, legal writing sample; Intellectual Property Law applicants must submit a one page summary of qualifications.
Deadline: January 9, 2015

Law Student Union Summer - AFL-CIO

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: Various, not in DC
Stipend & Term: $600 weekly/10 weeks, housing & transportation are provided between May 26 and July 31, 2015.
Description & Website: Internship for first and second year law students that combines front-line labor related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in real, ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) affiliated unions in various regions of the country. In addition to legal research and writing LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.http://www.aflcio.org/index.php/Get-Involved/Law-Student-Union-Summer
Eligibility: 1L or 2L students and demonstrated interest in labor law
How to Apply: Application form online, cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcripts, and three references
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2014 for 2Ls; Jan. 16, 2015 for 1Ls

Legal Aid Society of San Francisco Summer Clerkship

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: San Francisco
Stipend & Term: The full-time summer clerkship program runs for ten weeks, usually beginning the day after Memorial Day. Our law clerks are funded by work/study or other grants, and may also work as externs for clinical credit under programs offered by their law schools. The LAS–ELC will match full-time summer and semester program grants in amounts up to $3,200.
Description & Website:

For summer positions, the LAS–ELC gives preference to students who will have completed their second year of law school when beginning their clerkship. Summer law clerks participate as employment counselors at weekly Workers’ Rights Clinics and may have the opportunity to directly represent workers who have been denied wages or unemployment insurance benefits. Summer clerks from many public interest organizations attend brown bag seminars sponsored by the LAS–ELC that provide insight and information on a wide range of legal topics. The summer calendar includes social events like a Giants game, literary events, outdoor concerts, and barbecues.

The LAS–ELC actively seeks diversity and applicants with bi- and multi-lingual capabilities are particularly welcome. We try to assign each clerk to work in areas of interest to them and match them with supervising attorneys with experience relevant to their interests. The LAS–ELC values the contribution of law clerks and strives to provide a rewarding experience for each student.

https://las-elc.org/about/clerkships
Eligibility: Preference for students who will have completed their second year of law school
How to Apply:

The LAS–ELC interviews candidates in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York during the fall on-campus recruitment process organized by law schools.

To apply, include the following:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the LAS–ELC
  • Current resume
  • Legal writing sample
  • Transcript
  • Three references with telephone numbers

Send to:

  • The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center
  • 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600
  • San Francisco, CA 94104
  • Fax: 415 593-0096
  • Email: hchen@las-elc.org
Deadline: Early fall semester for upcoming summer, check website for details.

Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program

No. of Interns: 3
Location: Massachusetts
Stipend & Term: The MBF awards at least three (3) stipends of $6,000 each to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. Must commit to work no less than ten (10) continuous, full-time weeks between May 1 and September 30.
Description & Website: Created to assist law students in gaining practical experience in the public sector and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts.   The internship must be at a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts that has been in operation for at least one year and has programs dedicated to providing civil legal services to the indigent in Massachusetts.  Criminal law internships are not eligible.http://www.massbarfoundation.org/legal-intern-fellowship-program/
Eligibility:

The Legal Intern Fellowship Program invites applications from law students who have secured a volunteer internship with one (1) qualified nonprofit organization in Massachusetts. The principal activity of the internship must be the provision of civil legal services to low-income clients. The proposed internship must be designed to give the intern substantial legal experience with serving and representing clients, as well as preparing legal documents.  Please review the General Program Information sheet  for more details on eligibility.

Applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a United States law school. Preference will be given to permanent/future residents of Massachusetts,
  • Demonstrate a commitment to public interest law, including experience working with low-income clients and/or issues that affect this population,
  • Commit to work no less than ten (10) continuous, full-time weeks between May 1 and Sept. 30.  Note: Applicants must specify the duration of his/her commitment at the time of application.
How to Apply:

A complete application will include: 

  • Application Information Form
  • Essay (Details on the Applicant Information Form) 
  • Organization Supporting Statement Form
  • Resume
  • Official Law Student Transcript
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript
  • One Letter of Reference from a supervisor, professor, or similar professional contact

Please submit all materials together to: 

MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111

Please do not fax or email applications.

Deadline: March 13, 2015

McCleary Law Fellows Program

No. of Fellowships: Up to 4.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Stipend & Term: 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.
Description & Website: 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.http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/fellowships
Eligibility: Applicants should possess a strong academic record at an accredited American law school, excellent interpersonal, legal research and writing skills and an interest in civil rights, policy and/or nonprofit lawyering. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. candidates are eligible.
How to Apply:

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 Robin Maril, Legislative Counsel, and Cathryn Oakley, Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy, at lawfellowship@hrc.org.  Please direct all question to the same email.  Hard-copy applications are strongly discouraged.

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.

Deadline: 2L-First Tuesday in January; 1L-First Tuesday in February

Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship

No. of Grants:
Location: Various
Grant Amount: $500 scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses.
Description & Website: Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. This year's essay topic asks applicants to explain their philosophy as a public interest attorney. How do you believe the law serves as a vehicle for social change? How could your desired public interest position/career impact an issue you believe is important?http://ms-jd.org/calendar/event/apply-for-the-2015-public-interest-scholarship-competition
Eligibility: Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working for at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks during the summer at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply.  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.
How to Apply:

This year, applicants are asked to post their essays directly to the Ms. JD blog.  In 1,000 words or less, applicants should respond to the following prompt:

"Ms. JD is focused this year on how we can all be Stronger Together.  What does being Stronger Together mean to you in the public interest context?  What does it mean for your public interest pursuits?"

Use your Ms. JD account to post your response to the blog.  If you do not yet have an account, register for one here: http://ms-jd.org/profile/register.

In addition to posting your essay directly to the blog, please send your essay and a resume as attachments to publicinterest@ms-jd.org.  Please include your name and Ms. JD account ID at the top of your attached essay.  We also ask that you provide us with information regarding your anticipated summer employer and any sources of summer funding you will be receiving. 

Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2015

New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program

No. of Interns: Approximately 50
Location: New York City
Stipend & Term: Weekly stipends of $500 are offered to all 2L summer interns and a limited number of 1L interns.  Free housing is also available to out-of-town law students.
Description & Website:

Summer interns visit the City's police training facility, enjoy a barbeque at Gracie Mansion, and attend seminars with Law Department attorneys, agency commissioners and federal and state court judges. All of the divisions of the Law Department offer summer interns hands-on practical experience. Summer interns regularly draft motion papers and briefs that are filed in court. Many take or defend a depositions. Appeals interns draft three or four appellate briefs from start to finish. Interns in the Family Court Division regularly stand up in court to argue motions and conduct arraignments.

The Law Department is perhaps the only public sector/public interest employer in the country to make offers of permanent employment to its second-year summer interns based on their performance during the summer. In the past few years, most of our entry attorney positions have been filled with former participants of our Summer Program.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/law/html/careers/honors.shtml
Eligibility: 1L and 2L
How to Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, writing samples and law school transcript. If a candidate is called in for interviews, we will ask for references at that time. Applicants are advised to discuss their division preferences in their cover letters.

Second-year law students interested in applying for the Summer Honors Program should submit their resumes through their school's on-campus interviewing process if possible. Students who are unable to do so should write to us directly after August 1.

Applications from first-year law students should be sent after December 1. Where available, we prefer to see first-semester grades. The Law Department interviews first-year law students at several on-campus interview days and Spring job fairs.

Applications should be sent through our online application process, addressed to:

Stuart D. Smith, Esq.
Director of Legal Recruitment
New York City Law Department
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007

Deadline: 2L - Apply after August 1; 1L - Apply after December 1. Hire on a rolling basis. Most offers extended prior to March 31.

New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law

No. of Grants: 1 in 2013
Location: New York State
Grant Amount: $6,000 stipend to spend the summer of 2015 (10 weeks minimum)
Description & Website: Available for law students working for government environmental agencies or a non-profit environmental organizations. http://www.nysba.org/CustomTemplates/Content.aspx?id=27734
Eligibility: American, Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander
How to Apply: recommendation.
Deadline: December 19, 2014

The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships

No. of Fellowships: 60 to 70
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: Summer Fellowship stipends are a minimum of $5,000 per student for a ten-week employment period. In many cases Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend. See each individual fellowship description for details.
Description & Website: The Peggy Browning Fellowship Program provides stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers' rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations.  It is a ten-week summer fellowship available to 1st and 2nd year law students intended to encourage them to consider labor law as a viable career choice.http://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/fellowship-application-form
Eligibility: Students who have completed one year of law of school; see individual mentor organizations for additional eligibility requirements.
How to Apply: Application form online, cover letter, two references and resume.  Applicants may apply to a maximum of 7 mentor organizations (listed on website).
Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program

No. of Interns: 10
Location: Pennsylvania
Stipend & Term: 10 weeks, paid. Salary decided by host organization.
Description & Website:

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Summer Internships are available at Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the summer months for law students who are social justice oriented and desire an opportunity to make a difference.

Law students experience the real world of legal aid advocacy. PLAN seeks opportunities for MLK Interns to experience direct client contact, participate in court hearings (for those certified), administrative hearings, legal research and writing on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.

http://www.palegalaid.net/services/special/mlk
Eligibility: 1L or 2L minority students from any law school are eligible to apply.
How to Apply:

A current law student (1L or 2L) may indicate their interest in serving as a MLK summer intern by sending a cover letter (expressing interest and preferences), resume and three (3) references to:

Cynthia G. Newcomer
Chief Administrative Officer
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Deadline: January 31, 2015

Political Economy Research Center (PERC) Graduate Fellowship Program

No. of Interns: 4
Location: Montana
Stipend & Term: Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,250 in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana. 12 weeks.
Description & Website: PERC is seeking graduate or law students who are interested in natural resources and environmental issues and who show potential for research and writing in these areas. Participants will have the opportunity to spend 3 months with experts in the free market environmentalism movement and mentored by internationally known scholars who are working on natural resource and environmental research topics themselves. The program provides office space and support for completing a research project in an area of specific interest.http://perc.org/fellowships/graduate-fellows
Eligibility: Graduate or law students who are interested in natural resources and environmental issues and who show potential for research and writing in these areas. Preference is given to those who are working on a research paper, thesis, or dissertation on a natural resource or environmental topic. Law candidates most often are hoping to transform a paper they wrote for a class into a law review article.
How to Apply: The below required documents must be uploaded for your application to be complete.  Cover letter Resume/Vita Description of the proposed research project (2-5 pages double-spaced) Writing sample, preferably in your area of expertise One letter of reference Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Deadline: March 1, 2015

PRIDE Law Fund Steven Richter Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: 1
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: $2,500 with preference given to projects that are no shorter than 10 weeks and eligibility is limited to projects no shorter than 8 weeks.
Description & Website: Since 1984, Pride Law Fund has funded summer internship opportunities for those seeking experience in the areas of sexual orientation discrimination, individual rights litigation, direct legal services for people with HIV/AIDS, and other legal concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.http://www.pridelawfund.org/fellowships/summer-fellowships/
Eligibility:

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.

Pride Law Fund is offering the Steven Richter Fellowship to a student with a summer internship that supports direct legal services and/or projects on issues of concern to individuals with HIV or AIDS.   The Richter Fellowship is not limited to law students or legal projects.

How to Apply:

Applicants may apply 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.

Completed applications should be sent to: info@pridelawfund.org

Deadline: April 10, 2015

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) of Chicago Summer Internship Program

No. of Interns: Over 40
Location: Chicago
Stipend & Term: $5,000/10 weeks
Description & Website: The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students funding dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. The program is open to law students from across the country. PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at the agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational program. The program seeks to have law students work at and learn about legal institutions serving the public interest, and to engender a life-long participation in public interest law and pro bono work.http://www.pili-law.org/applyforsummerinternships.htm
Eligibility: 1L and 2L.
How to Apply: Must first register online. Registration is free. Cover letter and resume. Each agency has its own hiring practices. See website for additional application information.
Deadline: Opens October 15 for 2ls, December 1 for 1Ls. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring.

QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program

No. of Grants: Unknown
Location: Washington State
Grant Amount: $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the summer).
Description & Website: The goal of the QLaw Foundation's Sher Kung Grant is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.http://www.q-law.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1663998
Eligibility: All currently enrolled graduate students who are attending an accredited institution, who are in good academic standing, and who seek internships addressing the legal needs of LGBT individuals or of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
How to Apply:

Please submit an application form, project statement, sponsor profile, reference list, certification of law school enrollment, and current resume.
E-mail completed applications in PDF format to:

Nicholas Oakley, Grant Coordinator

noakley@ccyj.org

Deadline: April 3, 2015 by 10:00 p.m. PST

The Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: One or more
Location: San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Stipend & Term: Up to $5,000, 10 week term over the summer
Description & Website: All fellows must work at a public interest “sponsoring” organization, subject to approval by the Fellowship. 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.http://www.takasugifellowship.com/
Eligibility: 1L and 2L students
How to Apply: Cover letter, resume, three references, and answers to the questions listed on the "How to Apply" section of the Takasugi website.
Deadline: Applications must be received by March 28, 2014 [2015 information currently not available]

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: During 1L summer
Description & Website: 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.http://www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowship_in_civil_liberties/
Eligibility: First-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
How to Apply:

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their 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.


No email applications will be considered; all applicants must send a hard copy to the address above.

Deadline: April 15, 2015

San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association Public Interest Law Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: 4 to 6
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Stipend & Term: Up to $5,000
Description & Website: Our SFLRLA Public Interest Law Fellowship is designed to provide financial assistance to law students with significant financial need, who are working with Bay Area community-based legal service providers to enhance the delivery of legal services to the Latino community. Fellowships will be awarded in areas where there is a substantial Latino population in need of legal services. Priority will be given to fellowship applicants whose projects meet at least one of the following objectives: a. Projects to develop or expand legal services in the areas of housing, education, employment, discrimination, immigration and naturalization. b. Projects that develop materials and training to educate the Latino community about its legal rights and to facilitate its access to the justice system and the courts. c. Projects that provide training, referral, recruitment and mentoring to law students. Other creative projects consistent with although not specifically identified within these guidelines will be considered.http://www.larazalawyers.org/lavoz3.php
Eligibility: Law students with significant financial need.
How to Apply: All applications and supporting materials must be sent via e-mail as a single .pdf document to: Laura Hurtado at laura.hurtado@gmail.com and Yesenia Santacruz at yesenia.santacruz@gmail.com.
Deadline: Round 1 - February 16 , 2015; Round 2 - April 3, 2015

SFLRLA & BALIF LGBT Public Interest Law Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: One
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Stipend & Term: The amount of the fellowship will be up to $5,000 and will depend on the applicant’s financial need and grant funding available.
Description & Website:

The SFLRLA & BALIF LGBT Public Interest Law Fellowship is designed to provide financial assistance to law students working with Bay Area community-based legal service providers to enhance the delivery of legal services to the Latino LGBT community. Fellowships will be awarded in areas where there is a substantial LGBT population in need of legal services. Priority will be given to fellowship applicants who meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • a. Projects to develop or expand legal services in the areas affecting the LGBT community, especially in the Latino community;
  • b. Projects that develop materials and training to educate the LGBT community about its legal rights and to facilitate its access to the justice system and the courts;
  • c. Projects that provide training, referral, recruitment and mentoring to law students.

Creative projects consistent with but not specifically identified within these guidelines will be considered.

Eligibility: Law students with a summer internship. 
How to Apply:

THE APPLICATION CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE .

All applications and supporting materials must be sent via e-mail as a single .pdf document to: Laura Hurtado at laura.hurtado@gmail.com and Yesenia Santacruz at yesenia.santacruz@gmail.com.

Applications are due via e-mail by March 2, 2015. Interviews will be conducted the last week of March 9. The awardee will be recognized at the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association’s Annual Noche de Gala in San Francisco on March 19, 2015.

Please contact Laura Hurtado at laura.hurtado@gmail.com or Yesenia Santacruz yesenia.santacruz@gmail.com with questions.

Deadline: March 2, 2015 (extended from February 16, 2015).

South Asian Bar Association New York Fellowships

No. of Fellowships: at least 3
Location: New York State; Hudson, Essex, Bergen, Union, Passaic, Morris, and Middlesex counties in New Jersey; and Fairfield county in Connecticut
Stipend & Term: SABANY plans to give at least three grants (in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $4,000) to law students who will be working in unpaid public-interest jobs in the New York City area during the summer of 2015.
Description & Website: SABANY is dedicated to ensuring the civil liberties of the South Asian community in New York, by acting as a conduit between the South Asian community and legal services and educational programs in the area. In addition, SABANY is committed to promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, advocacy and mentoring. It is SABANY’s goal to educate South Asian Americans about their legal system and to encourage more participation by the South Asian community in the legal profession.http://www.sabany.org/2015-fellowships
Eligibility: To apply for the SABANY Public Interest Fellowship, you must: (1)Demonstrate financial need; and (2)Not already have received the SABANY Fellowship; and (3)Be one of the following: A first or second-year law student of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2015 in an unpaid public interest legal internship in New York State or the greater metropolitan area, or A first or second-year law student attending a New York State or greater metropolitan area law school who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2015 in an unpaid legal internship in New York State or the greater metropolitan area, which specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community, or A first or second-year law student attending a New York State or greater metropolitan area law school who will be spending at least ten (10) weeks of the summer of 2015 in an unpaid legal internship in South Asia.
How to Apply: Completed applications must be submitted to Anand Sinha at sabanyfellowship@gmail.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision before the Fellowship Reception on April 16, 2015. Application form is available online.
Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

South Asian Bar Association - Northern California Foundation, Public Interest Fellowship

No. of Grants: 5 in 2014
Location: Northern California
Grant Amount: The Foundation has awarded $2,500 individual fellowships to law students working with the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Muslim Advocates, the San Francisco Public Defender Office, and the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, and has awarded a $3,500 organizational fellowship to various community service organizations working in the Bay Area.
Description & Website:

The SABA NC Foundation, the charitable arm of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA NC), is pleased to award annual public interest fellowships to recognize individuals for their dedication and commitment to public interest work benefiting the South Asian community in Northern California.

The primary purpose of the fellowship is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization or government agency in Northern California that is doing work, which impacts the South Asian community and/or the Northern California community-at-large.

http://www.southasianbar.org/saba-foundation/fellowships
Eligibility: Each applicant must be a current law student in good standing and must plan to be employed or intern with a public interest organization or government agency during the summer of 2015. In addition, applicants must have demonstrated commitment to serving issues that impact the South Asian community. The Foundation considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant’s essay. Other factors that the Foundation may consider include commitment to public service, financial need, academic achievement, and other personal circumstances. The fellowship is open to all law students.
How to Apply:

Applicants must submit the following materials: (1) completed application form; (2) essay responses; (3) resume; (4) list of two references; (5) completed employer form; (6) completed financial information form; and (7) unofficial law school transcript. Applicants may also submit the following optional materials: letters of recommendation, and any additional evidence of financial need.

Application materials must be sent no later than 5 p.m. on April 15, 2015 to the following email address: Siraj Hussain, SABA-NC Foundation Secretary, foundation.sabanc@gmail.com.

All applicants will be notified of the Board’s determinations by mid-April 2015.

Deadline: April 15, 2015 by 5:00 pm

Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program

No. of Interns: 10 in 2014
Location: List of host organizations available on the website
Stipend & Term: Internships are 12 weeks in length, starting between May and June. Exact start and end dates are to be determined. Interns will participate in a beginning orientation and closing gathering in Anchorage. ACF provides a grant to the host organizations which covers an intern stipend of $5,040. ACF will also reimburse travel costs to and from Alaska up to $1,400. Successful candidates need to coordinate directly with their schools to obtain course credit for their work.
Description & Website: ACF’s conservation internships are designed to provide interns with a meaningful learning experience while contributing to Alaska conservation issues in a direct way.  Internship placements can be at nonprofit conservation, environmental justice, and Alaska Native organizations; government agencies; and other interested organizations that have identified assignments complementing ACF’s mission, values, and goals.http://alaskaconservation.org/internships/
Eligibility: ACF seeks applications from highly motivated individuals interested in furthering their education in conservation, environmental justice, or closely related fields, who are willing to make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting the pristine environment and diverse cultures of Alaska.
How to Apply: Completed applications should be saved as a PDF and emailed to grants@alaskaconservation.org. Application, eligibility requirements, and intern job descriptions are available on the website.
Deadline: February 13, 2015

U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's Carole Bailey Scholarship

No. of Grants: At least 1
Location: N/A
Grant Amount: $5,000
Description & Website: In commemoration of Carole’s longstanding commitment to public service and her tireless efforts in working with and providing assistance to the Bar Association, the Bar Association is pleased to award scholarships to law students with a demonstrated commitment to public service.http://cfcbar.org/carole-bailey-scholarship
Eligibility: Any student who is:
How to Apply: An application must include:
Deadline: July 31, 2014 [2015 information currently not available]

Williams Institute and Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowships

No. of Interns: 2 or more
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term: $5,000 for at least ten weeks work.
Description & Website: For the summer of 2015, the Williams Institute will award two or more summer law fellowships, including the Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship, which provide law students, or recent law school graduates, with a $5,000 stipend to work in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Through the fellowship program, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much-needed support to various organizations and scholars. The Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship is committed to inspiring law students to pursue careers in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. The Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship will support one fellow to work at the Williams Institute for at least ten weeks. Additionally, the Williams Institute will award one or more summer law fellowships to support fellows who spend at least ten weeks working with an eligible organization, scholar, or research center focused on sexual orientation or gender identity law and public policy. http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/summer-fellowships/
Eligibility: To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must be a current law student or recent law school graduate dedicated to a career in research, teaching, or advocacy focused on sexual orientation or gender identity law and policy issues. Selection criteria for the fellowship include a) academic record; b) demonstrated commitment to a career in research, teaching, or advocacy focused on sexual orientation or gender identity law and policy issues; c) the organization with which the applicant will be working; d) the work or projects that the applicant is proposing to complete during his or her fellowship; and e) the applicant’s potential as a future leader. Preference will be given to applicants who have arranged a summer position with an organization before they apply for funding. The final award of funding will be contingent upon confirmation of placement with an eligible organization or research position.
How to Apply: To apply, please submit the application form online, a 1-2 page cover letter addressing the selection criteria listed, a resume, and a law school transcript.
Deadline: March 15, 2015