Other Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities
Bill Smith Memorial Summer Fellowship
$500 for the summer.
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.
Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) CA Fellowship
Not currently available
The Access to Justice Internship Program
Summer interns will be granted a stipend of $5,000 for 400 hours of work.
The Access to Justice Internship Program has a two-fold purpose: to provide a unique opportunity for law students intern with non-profit civil legal services providers located in areas without a local law school and to provide on-going support for law students who intern with non-profit civil legal services providers located in urban areas.http://www.texasatj.org/atj-internship-program
Open to law school students from any law school, but preference is give to applicants from Texas law schools.
Send completed application to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, Attention Kaitlyn Eberhardt firstname.lastname@example.org
American Society of International Law, Arthur C. Helton Fellowship
$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. Individuals pursuing independent research or fieldwork are not eligible for Helton Fellowships.http://www.asil.org/resources/helton-fellowship-program
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 no earlier than December 2015.
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.
Submit applications to email@example.com and must include the following materials:
- Helton Fellowship application form (available online)
- Project Budget
- Writing Sample (limit of 10 pages)
- Current CV or résumé
- Confirmation of law student status and/or date of graduation 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
- Two letters of recommendation or support. (Also submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Applicants will be considered on the basis of the written materials, no interviews will be conducted.
Only the first 50 completed applications received in full by the submission deadline will be reviewed.
AmeriCorps JD participants can receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,222 upon successful completion of the program. This award can be applied toward student loans or tuition, but please note that this award is not a cash stipend.
The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD project must propose to provide direct legal services to clients within one of the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps programs:
- Veterans Legal Corps: Provide legal services that enable low-income veterans to return to successful civilian life.
- Elder Justice AmeriCorps: Complete screenings, assessments, and provide direct legal representation to victims of elder abuse.
- New York State Family Security Project: Focusing on fostering family security and community education through the delivery of high-quality legal services.
To participate in AmeriCorps JD:
- You must be a current law student
- You must not receive compensation for more than $4,422 in external funding for the same service
- You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g. green card) and pass a criminal background check, including an FBI fingerprint check (though applicants are not disqualified for most criminal records).
There are two steps you must take before completing an application:
1. Review the eligibility requirements above or in the AmeriCorps JD Application Guide to ensure you are eligible.
2. Secure a position with a qualifying organization. List of organizations that are interested in hosting AmeriCorps JD Members. Confirm the name of your direct supervisor at the organization in order to complete the application.
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and AABA Law Foundation Scholarships
AABA recognizes the importance of fostering the growth of law students to improve the future development of the Asian Pacific American bar. AABA will award scholarships to deserving law students who are committed to advocating and improving their communities.
The AABA Law Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to serving the community and law students through its Foundation Scholarship awards.http://www.aaba-bay.com/law-students/scholarships
All current law students are eligible to apply. Selection criteria include community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and commitment to the Bay Area.
No information for 2018
Asian American Law Fund of New York Community Service Scholarships
$5000 - Each student is expected to volunteer at least 8 weeks during the summer for 35 hours per week, and to apply the award to the payment of law school tuition.
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/
An applicant must be a candidate for a J.D. degree and must be in good standing at his or her law school and enrolled in an ABA accredited law school in the United States at least half-time; students seeking advanced law degrees are not eligible for this program. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Applicants must submit a completed and signed Scholarship Application form accompanied by:
- A description of the proposed volunteer work for the summer plus the name, email address and phone number of a contact person at the organization sponsoring the volunteer work
- An essay not to exceed 750 words
- A letter of recommendation from a person not related to the applicant
- An official copy of the applicant’s most recent law school transcript
- A copy of the applicant’s resume
- A description of other scholarships, grants or awards that the applicant may be receiving during the summer 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. 2018 Application
Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund
$4,000 - $5,000
AEF awards summer fellowships and grants each year to law students from around the nation. The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community. Such organizations include governmental organizations and other non-profits serving the public interest. 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.http://aefdc.org/
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.
No information for 2018
The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Thomas Steel Internship
$5,000, roughly June through August
The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) hosted a paid intern to work on queer and LGBT issues. Last known intern was in 2014
All law students in any class standing.
No information since 2014
Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship (University of Michigan Law School)
A three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. Covers living expenses during the training and travel costs to Ann Arbor and then to his or her placement or back home (up to $650).
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
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. Some advantage to students who have arranged their own summer placements and all or part of their summer living stipend.
Application form (available online), statement of interest, resume, and two reference letters.
California Bar Foundation Immigrant Integration Fellowship
The ideal fellows would serve two-year terms beginning May 1, 2017. Fellowship salary will be commensurate with experience. Medical and dental benefits included, as well as paid sick leave, paid vacation time, 403(b), and commuter benefits.
California Bar Foundation offers a new, two-year fellowship opportunity for diverse attorneys who are committed to improving the lives of California’s immigrant communities. We will be hiring two legal fellows, each for a two-year period, to support immigrant integration and refugee resettlement efforts in California. This position is based in Sacramento.
To support state level efforts to coordinate immigrant and refugee services and monitor the implementation of immigration assistance programs and policies, California Bar Foundation seeks to hire two driven, passionate legal fellows who seek to empower immigrant and refugee communities throughout California. Given the particular urgency California’s immigrant and refugee communities face at this time, legal fellows should have proven passion for immigration law and/or policy to assist in the further development of immigrant integration services and policy implementation. Legal fellows will work closely with the California Governor’s Office Director of Immigrant Integration.
Click here for full 2017 fellowship description.http://www.calbarfoundation.org/
- Law degree
- Record of experience serving immigrant and/or refugee communities
- Strong desire to be part of a small, hard working, dynamic team addressing a range of immigrant integration efforts, including recent Executive Orders pertaining to immigration
- Ability and willingness to travel throughout California
- Ideal candidates will have bilingual language ability
- California Bar Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession are strongly encouraged to apply
To apply, please send your resume, references, 1-2 page writing sample, and a one-page cover letter to Sheila Bapat at email@example.com. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program
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 June 5 to August 9.
The Charles Koch Institute’s semester-long fellow program gives students who have a strong interest in communications the opportunity to gain hands-on, paid experience while participating in focused professional education. Participants will gain exposure to multiple career paths in communications, including marketing, strategic communications, media relations, and more. Through the program, fellows will find a full- or part-time internship with a partner organization. Roles are specifically geared toward a future career in communications; however, we encourage applicants from all academic disciplines, as well as those with advanced degrees.https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/professional-education/semester-long-opportunities/koch-fellow-program-communications/
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.
Please apply online at the website listed.
Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program (Legal Aid Association of California)
$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.
Each year, LAAC offers the Dan Bradley Fellowship to fund law students who want to spend their summer working at a LAAC member legal aid organization. The Fellowship is awarded to outstanding students who want to pursue a career in public interest law and who want to spend their summer working in a rural area or on a rural issue. 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.http://laaconline.org/awards/dan-bradley-fellowship/
- Law students who will spend the summer 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.
Download the Dan Bradley Fellowship Application; submit a completed application to Lorin Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “DAN BRADLEY APPLICATION – [LAST NAME]” in the email subject line. Be sure to complete and include all parts of the application: Application Forms A-C, Resume, References, Personal Statement
Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program
Amount unspecified, begins May 2018
Awards paid summer internships to 1L and 2L law students. Students placed in this summer program gain experience in a wide variety of legal issues affecting the poor. Activities typically include client interviewing, legal and factual research, drafting legal documents, administrative agency appearances and, for students who have completed two years of law school, court appearances and more in-depth case involvement.http://www.lsnj.org/Internships.aspx
Open to first or second year law students. The program seeks people who have demonstrated their commitment to helping the disadvantaged through their prior work, extracurricular activities during school and volunteer efforts, and give evidence of strong commitment to a public interest career. Grades, honors and personal achievements are also important.
To apply, you must submit a Summer Intern application form (available online), a resume and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages in length) to email@example.com. Poritz Fellow applications will be considered and hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis starting in the fall until all positions are filled. Interested students are advised to apply as early as possible.
Education Pioneers Summer Graduate School Fellowship
The 10-week summer placement offers a $7,200 stipend. Programming for summer track will run from June 2017 through August 2017.
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/what-we-do/programs/graduate-school-fellowship/application-process
- 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 (40+ hours per week), which excludes undergraduate 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.
Application form is online. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of hearing your decision early.
Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships
Up to $4,000 for working full-time (35-40 hours per week) for at least 10 weeks over the summer.
EJA Fellowship recipients may receive additional grant money from other funding sources up to a maximum of $7,500 for the summer.
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.
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.
Email following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A cover letter describing your commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor
Two letters of recommendation
An employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization
All required materials should be sent together. If your recommenders prefer to send their letters separately, they should email them to email@example.com
Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Corps
The Rural Summer Legal Corps program will operate between May-August 2018. Although start dates are flexible, all selected participants must complete the required 300 hours of service by September 1, 2018, in order to receive the $5,000 stipend. Selected participants will begin the summer with intensive training from poverty law experts on housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American, and family law. After the training, the law students will return directly to their host site to continue their 8-10 week placement.
The Rural Summer Legal Corps program connects public interest law students with LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations to address pressing legal issues facing rural communities.https://rurallegalcorps.org/
The Rural Summer Legal Corps is open to law students from an accredited law school who have completed their first or second year of law school by the start of their summer. Participants must also agree to a criminal background check during the application process.
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation
The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to those with an unpaid summer internship of at least 8 weeks. Stipends are generally adjusted so that a recipient's total funding for the internship will not exceed $7,000.
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 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/programs/internship-stipends-for-law-students/
Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a local, state or federal government entity. Students will be selected on the basis of:
- Financial Need – 30 points
- Essays – 30 points
- Academic merit – 20 points
- Nature of the work – 10 points
- Resume and Recommendations – 10 points
The application for the stipend is now available and can be accessed at https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/fcbastipend
Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)
Each applicant sets a project budget, which includes a stipend and expenses, for a maximum Kandel Grant of $5,000. The Kandel 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. Half of the stipend is paid at the beginning of the summer and half paid upon full completion of the grant project; reimbursement of project costs will be paid up to the maximum of the proposed and approved budget. Completion requires recipients to (1) present the finished project three times to different groups that would most benefit from the information provided; and/or (2) present the finished project one or two times to different relevant groups and prepare an article to be published in the WLALA newsletter and/or other relevant journal, newsletter, or publication describing the completed project.
The WLALA Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation established by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”) to increase the utility of the law as an instrument of social justice. The WLALA Foundation awards the Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant 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 program enables law students to devote time to public interest projects and exposes them to legal and social concerns of disadvantaged citizens that are not ordinarily experienced in traditional law practices. The Grant program is designed not to support a summer public interest job, as worthy as one is, but rather to fund a particular project with a tangible outcome.http://www.wlala.org/?66
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.
Submit application form (available online), resume, two essays, two letters of recommendation, and budget description to:
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
634 S. Spring Street, Suite 617
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Goldmark Equal Justice Internship (Legal Foundation of Washington)
The Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship is a 10 week, paid summer internship for 2nd and 3rd year law students. Created in honor of LFW’s second president, Charles Goldmark, the Goldmark Internship is a hands-on training program for law students focusing on research, writing, casework, and client services.https://legalfoundation.org/the-goldmark-equal-justice-internship-program/
2L law students through recent graduates; additional requirements will vary from year to year.
Application form and additional information online
Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship
$10,000 to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position; guaranteed callback interview with a Goodwin office of fellow's choice during interview season after 1L year for 2L summer position; consideration for additional 2L scholarship; opportunity to participate in summer associate events; attorney advisors
It’s not enough to say we want a diverse legal community. As a leading global law firm, we have to invest meaningfully in diversifying. Years of practice have taught us that our investment is best placed in high-achieving law students from underrepresented backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are core to our business and our values, and we know that recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting outstanding law students and lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds allows us to achieve unprecedented results.https://www.goodwinlaw.com/careers/diversity-fellowships
Candidates must be full-time first year law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Candidates may not be the recipient of a similar award from another law firm and must not be an immediate family member of a Goodwin lawyer or employee. A candidate may not be a Goodwin client or an employee of a Goodwin client.
Candidates interested in applying must complete the online application on website and submit a resume, undergraduate transcript and copy of current law school transcript. The personal statement should address applicant's qualifications and include examples of leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to diversity & community service, and commitment to the practice of law in a corporate law firm setting.
The Google Policy Fellowship
$3,500 stipend payable shortly after beginning of fellowship; additional $2,000 after receiving passing mid-term evaluation; additional $2,000 stipend after passing final evaluations. Students will work for 10-12 weeks.
The Google Policy 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.https://www.google.com/policyfellowship/index.html
Eligibility is based on enrollment in an accredited university. 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.
Please see individual host organizations for more information about the program timeline. Applications can be found online.
Humanity in Action Fellowship Program
June 8-July 8, 2018; July 10-August 5, 2018 (Atlanta & Detroit)
COSTS: Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship programs. 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.
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
Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) or recent graduates. Graduate students are eligible to apply as long as they graduated from their undergraduate studies in 2016 or 2017. Applicants of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Apply online through Humanity in Action's online application system.
James B. McMillan Legal Fellowships
The Committee anticipates making individual Fellowship awards of up to, but not to exceed, $3,000.00 per Fellow.
The Fund has a goal of promoting justice and innovation within the legal system in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, by awarding fellowships to law students desiring work experience with not-for-profit or governmental agencies. Typically, fellowships are awarded for summer positions, but the Fellowship Committee will consider applications for positions during a semester of the school year.https://www.meckbar.org/index.cfm?pg=mcmillan-fellowships
A law student must show commitment to public interest service in the legal profession. The Fund Committee will look favorably on students who have ties to Mecklenburg County.
A law student must apply directly to the sponsoring agency. The sponsoring agency is responsible for submitting the McMillan Fellowship application to the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation.
Applications should include the student's resume, personal statement on student's desire to pursue a career in a nonprofit or government sector and why they want to me a McMillan Fellow; and any additional documents the student wishes the Committee to review.
Janet Steiger Fellowship (ABA Section of Antitrust Law)
Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend for a specified 8 or 10 week period and will be responsible for all taxes and other deductions. Please note that the Steiger Project in its discretion offers an optional small supplemental housing/travel allowance (administered through the American Bar Association) where a clear need is demonstrated.
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.
Applicants must currently be first or second year law students at an ABA accredited law school.
Students applying for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship must download the application available online. Submit an application form, resume, statement of interest, writing sample, law school transcript, and become a member of the ABA and the Section of the Antitrust Law at no cost. Submit materials via email or mail to be received by the deadline.
John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship (American Bar Association, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty)
$2,500 stipend for a commitment of no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1.
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 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
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. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. Students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.
Submit a cover letter, resume, application form (available online) 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. Send application materials as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, ABA Section of Litigation
The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.
The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is 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.http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/judicial_intern_opportunity_program.html
1L or 2L diverse students. See eligibility requirements . The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program.
K&L Gates LLP Public Interest Fellowship Program
$1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for 8 weeks during the summer.
This public interest fellowship serves as a unique vehicle by which K&L Gates may attract highly qualified summer associates to Pittsburgh to make significant legal service contributions and to gain substantial legal experience within a non-profit agency environment. Fellowship recipients will find that a K&L Gates Fellowship is an impressive credential that will be valued by future employers.http://www.klgates.com/careers/xpqGC.aspx?xpST=CareersGeneral&key=50b316e7-e458-4e33-b4c1-06d676fe7b5b&activeEntry=7625ac90-abd6-457c-b9a8-e1c6797ed16b&cRegion=704449d7-120f-4bec-b1b9-8b587ce75dbc&cPosition=e44a2e62-7bb8-4afe-9741-085eb8ce945b&cType=lawyers
All current second-year and third-year law students are eligible to apply. Family members of Advisory Committee members are not eligible for this fellowship.
Application can be downloaded directly from website.
Law Student Union Summer - AFL-CIO
The weekly stipend is $600 and housing and transportation are provided. Program starts May 29, 2018 and runs through August 3, 2018
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
1L or 2L students with demonstrated interest in labor law
Application form (available online), cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcripts, and three references (preferably a combination of academic and/or work/internship related).
Legal Aid at Work Law Clerk Program
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 grants in amounts up to $3,000.
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.https://legalaidatwork.org/opportunities/law-clerk-program/
Preference for students who will have completed their second year of law school
The LAS–ELC interviews candidates during the fall on-campus recruitment process organized by law schools. All students can apply directly by emailing application to email@example.com. Include cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript, and three references with telephone numbers.
Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program
$6,000 for at least 10 continuous full time weeks between May 1 and Sept. 30.
The MBF’s Legal Intern Fellowship Program was established in 1996 to give talented law students the experience and encouragement they need to pursue careers in the public interest law sector while providing legal aid organizations with much-needed additional staff capacity for the summer.http://www.massbarfoundation.org/legal-intern-fellowship-program/
Currently enrolled in a United States law school. Preference will be given to permanent/future residents of Massachusetts. The internship must be conducted at an organization that is in Massachusetts, has been in operation for at least one year, provides civil legal services to the indigent in Massachusetts, has a staff attorney who will supervise and mentor the intern.
Send complete application (Application Information Form (available online), Essay, Organization Supporting Statement Form, Resume, Official Law Student Transcript,Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript,One Letter of Reference from a supervisor, professor, or similar professional contact) to:
MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
McCleary Law Fellows Program - Human Rights Campaign
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 (13 weeks) 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
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.
Complete online application. 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.
Ms. JD Fellowship
$500 scholarship to go towards summer living expenses.
In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor. Working at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks during the summer at a government agency or nonprofit organization or unpaid judicial externship.https://ms-jd.org/programs/fellowship/
Women law students entering their third year at an accredited U.S. law school are eligible to apply. 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.
Applications usually posted in January. See website.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships
National Lawyers Guild - Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships
$2,000 for ten weeks of full-time work (unless otherwise noted)
NLG is a progressive organization that awards grants to students working for traditionally underserved organizations. The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the tradition of “peoples’ lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. One of the benefits of a Burns Fellowship is the mentorship and apprenticeship relationships that Fellows develop with NLG members locally, regionally, and nationally. Depending on the geographic location of the placements, we will introduce Fellows to Guild members working in their regions. Additionally, we provide free membership in the NLG for one year to all Fellows.
Fellowships may be completed with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups. Applicants are encouraged to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. Timely projects that might be overlooked by more traditional sources of funding. Funding generally not provided for work at large non-profits or agencies that receive government funding, or nonprofits that are able to provide their own funding to interns (such as the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights). Funding available for both national and international projects.
Applicants submit an application (available online), resume and a one- to two- page letter of support from the host organization. Applications that arrive after the deadline or are incomplete upon arrival will not be considered. Email one complete application to NLG Director of Education and Research Traci Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program
Weekly stipends of $750 are offered to all 2L summer interns and most 1L interns. Free housing is also available to out-of-town law students.
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/summer-honors-internship.shtml
1L and 2L
Applications should be submitted through the online application system (see website). 2Ls can apply after August 1st. 1Ls can apply after December 1st.
New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
$6,000 stipend to spend the summer of 2016 (10 weeks minimum)
Available for law students working for government environmental agencies or a non-profit environmental organizations.http://www.nysba.org/CustomTemplates/Content.aspx?id=27734
Minority law students -- first-year, second-year and third year (evening only) -- are eligible for the fellowship program if they are either enrolled in a New York law school or were permanent residents of the state and enrolled in a law school in the United States. As fellows, they also participate in activities of the state and city bar associations.
Please visit website for application instructions.
The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships
Summer Fellowship stipends are a minimum of $6,000 per student for a ten-week employment period. In many cases Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend. See each individual fellowship description for details.
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.https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students
First and second year law students; see individual mentor organizations for additional eligibility requirements.
Fill out application form online, cover letter, two references and resume. Applicants may apply to a maximum of 7 mentor organizations (listed on website).
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program
$5000 stipend, subject to taxes. Pay periods will be determined by the program.
The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is a statewide consortium of independent legal aid programs that provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. We are seeking law students who are committed to providing access to justice for all individuals regardless of their ability to pay. 10 paid internships are awarded each summer to law students to participate in legal services work over the traditional 10 week summer internship period. Selected students will engage in unique situations through which they can better understand the special legal issues facing those who live in poverty and low income communities. In turn, they provide valuable services to clients of PLAN offices in which they are placed.http://www.palegalaid.net/services/special/mlk
Class Level 1L, 2L, and 3E; applicants must be open to statewide placement; transportation and housing are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
For serious consideration, applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and transcript to:
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
118 Locust Street
1-800-322-7572, ext. 216
Political Economy Research Center (PERC) Graduate Fellowship Program
Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,250 in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana. 12 weeks.
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
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.
The following documents must be uploaded (as a single PDF file) for your application to be complete:
- Cover letter
- Description of the proposed research project (2-5 pages double-spaced)
- Writing sample, preferably in your area of expertise
- One letter of reference (to be uploaded or emailed to email@example.com)
- Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
PRIDE Law Fund Steven Richter Fellowship
$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.
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/
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) of Chicago Summer Internship Program
Unlike many internship funding programs, PILI does not pay stipends directly to our Interns. Rather, PILI makes a grant directly to the agency in the amount of the stipend for 400 hours in the summer and 200 hours over a semester. Interns are then to be paid by the agency based on the agency’s customary payroll procedures.
PILI's Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. Interns work 400 hours full-time during the summer or 200 hours part-time during the school year, with PILI ensuring quality supervision by experienced agency attorneys, and providing extra educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. Through this program, PILI helps our partner agencies increase their impact while also helping you, our Interns, develop your legal and client interaction skills, build your professional networks, and strengthen your commitment to public interest law and service.http://pili.org/internships
1L and 2L. 2Ls can apply after October 15th at 10 a.m. CST, and 1Ls can apply after December 1st (due to NALP restrictions).
PILI administers our Internship Program application through IllinoisProBono.org. You must register on this site before you can submit any applications. There is an approval process for IllinoisProBono.org that can take up to 24 hours (longer on weekends and holidays), so we recommend that applicants complete this registration prior to the first day of their application period. Applicants are encouraged to use an .edu email address when registering on the system to expedite approval. Those with an .edu email address are automatically approved after completing the registration process, while uing a personal email address can add up to two weeks to the approval process.
The application system allows you to upload one resume, which will be sent to every agency where you apply, but you will be able to upload separate cover letters for applications to separate agencies. Once you have uploaded your resume and your cover letter(s), your application is complete.
QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship
The fellow will receive a $7500 stipend for a 10 week internship between May and August.
The Fellowship provides funding for a selected host organization to hire a paid summer fellow to do research, conduct outreach, provide direct client services, or work on special projects. The fellow’s summer work must be in service of the legal needs of the LGBTQ community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS.http://www.qlawfoundation.org/2018-sher-kung-fellowship.html
The fellowship is open to all law students able to commit to at least 10 weeks, full time during the summer.
Host Organization Selection: The QLaw Foundation Grants Committee holds a competitive process to select a public interest organization to host the Sher Kung Summer Fellow. Host program announced December 15, 2018.
Summer Fellow Selection: Once a host program is selected, a selection committee comprised of representatives from the host program, in consultation with a representative from the QLaw Foundation Grants Committee, will be designated to interview and hire a Summer Fellow. Applications are available online.
The Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship
Up to $5,000, 10 week term over the summer
Has not been available since 2014.https://takasugifellowship.wordpress.com/about/
No current information
San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (SFLRLA) Public Interest Law Fellowship
Up to $5,000. Fellowship amounts will vary depending on the grant funding available and the applicant’s financial need.
The SFLRLA 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 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.
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.
Two part application process. Submit the Part I application digitally using link on webpage. Students also need to complete Part II and send it via email to the addresses listed on the webpage.
South Asian Bar Association New York Fellowships
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.
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.http://www.sabany.org/
To apply you must (1) be a first or second-year law student of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer in an unpaid public interest legal internship in New York State or the greater metropolitan area; (2) demonstrate financial need; and (3) not already have received the SABANY Fellowship.
Complete application (found online) and submit to email@example.com by deadline.
South Asian Bar Association - Northern California Foundation, Public Interest Fellowship
Up to $4000.
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.http://www.southasianbar.org/foundation/
All law students who are in good standing may apply. 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.
Applicants must submit the following materials: (1) completed application form (online); (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. 2016-2017 application available.
State Bar of California Environmental Law Section, Summer Environmental Law Fellowships
Law Student Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for an 8-10 week summer internship.
The Section’s Environmental Law Fellowship was created to provide opportunities for law students to work in governmental and public-interest environmental law organizations in order to develop their interests and skills in the field of environmental law. The program places law students in environmental law summer internship positions at participating public interest organizations and governmental agencies. Students are also paired with a practicing environmental lawyer to provide mentoring and are invited to participate in other environmental law related activities over the summer.http://environmental.calbar.ca.gov/EnvironmentalLaw/EnvironmentalLawFellowships.aspx
Open to all law students interested in practicing environmental law in California. Law students must be members of the State Bar Environmental Law Section in order to participate in the Program. The State Bar allows law students up to three free one-year Section memberships; students who are not already members will be required to join the Environmental Law Section if they are selected for a Fellowship.
Send completed application form (available online), resume, undergraduate transcript, law school transcript (except for first year law students), personal statement, and two references, including one from a law school professor to The State Bar of California, c/o Kristina Robledo, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program - Alaska Conservation Foundation
Internships are 12 weeks in length. Starting sometime in May and ending in August. 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.
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/application-eligibility/
- Applicants must currently be enrolled in an accredited college in the United States or abroad; a recent graduate of an accredited college in the United States or abroad or currently enrolled in a technical program. Preference for internship placement is given to college juniors and seniors, recent college graduates and graduate students.
- International students are eligible to apply if you are authorized to work in the United States and meet the other eligibility requirements.
Applications will be accepted through ACF’s online application system only.
Applications must include the following: cover letter, resume, transcript and two letters of recommendation. It is preferred that you upload your letters of reference into the online application.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association's Carole Bailey Scholarship
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
Any student who is enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association; and able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service.
Email resume, transcript, letter of recommendation, and essay to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Scholarship
At least $1,000
Through its annual scholarship, VABANC recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Vietnamese-American and Vietnamese communities.http://www.vabanc.org/
Open to all currently enrolled law students, the scholarship is intended to provide assistance to students with their public interest or social justice goals. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving Vietnamese-American and/or Vietnamese communities in Northern California and to those who will be using the scholarship award to further their public interest or social justice work, either by pursuing post-graduate work or for a summer position.
1) A completed application form ;
2) a résumé
3) VABANC membership (student membership is free on our website: vabanc.org)
4) a personal statement (no more than 800 words) describing:
• Pressing concerns faced by the Vietnamese-American and/or Vietnamese community, and how you will contribute to or engage in addressing such concerns; and/or
• Your contributions to or activism within the Vietnamese-American and/or Vietnamese community; and/or
• If you were a board member, what contributions can you bring to VABANC; and/or
• Your experiences in overcoming socioeconomic and/or other barriers.
Please e-mail applications to email@example.com.
▪ In-person/video interviews will be conducted the first week of August.
Williams Institute and Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowships
$5,000 for at least ten weeks work.
Fellows will engage in legal research and writing to support Willimas Institute Projects on law and policy issues impacting LGBT people.http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/summer-fellowships/
Current law student or recent law school graduates.
Submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript, and form (available online) to Christy Mallory at firstname.lastname@example.org