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Other Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities

UC Davis

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: $500 for the summer.

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.


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

  1. Be a member of the Lambda Law Students Association, evidenced by attendance and/or participation at Lambda events.
  2. Secure a position with a qualifying public interest organization as described below. 

To apply for a grant, you must find a job on your own with a qualifying organization. Applicants may work for any public interest 501(c)(3) organization or relevant government entity. The work done at the governmental agency or department must be similar to the work that would be done by a qualifying nonprofit organization.

Lambda’s selection process mirrors the King Hall Legal Foundation’s (KHLF) process; any KHLF eligible organization is eligible for the Bill Smith Grant subject to Section III above.  In past years, KHLF and/or Lambda has funded grants for the following organizations:

  • ACLU’s National Immigrants’ Rights Project, San Francisco
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights, Los Angeles
  • Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Center for Justice and International Law
  • Disability Rights California
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Human Rights Watch, New York, NY
  • Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)
  • National Health Law Program
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
  • Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice, Sacramento
  • San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Transgender Law Center, Oakland, CA
  • Women’s Legal Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:

Generally, you will need the following:

  1. A completed application (1 page) for the 2016 Bill Smith Public Interest Fellowship Program. This will serve as the cover page for your application materials. It is found on the last page of the attached document.
  2. An unpaid job in the public interest field with a focus on disability AND/OR LGBT rights. A [non-exhaustive] list of potential employers is on first page of the attached document.
  3. A 2-4 page grant proposal. Tell us what you'll be doing at your job this summer.
  4. A personal statement of no more than 2 pages telling us of your interest in this type of work, what you hope to get out of it, how the generous sum of $500 will help you achieve it, etc.
  5. A letter from your employer confirming your summer employment and approving of your grant proposal in the field of disability AND/OR LGBT rights. 
Deadline: Due to insufficient funds, the Bill Smith scholarship will not be offered for 2017

Emerging Leaders in Policy and Public Service (ELIPPS) CA Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: 12
Location: To Be Determined
Stipend & Term:

There will be a compensation provided at a 47% GSR scale ($6100) during the period of fellowship. Selected candidates are expected to work up to a total of 240 hours during the course of the fellowship.

Description & Website:

This program will offer selected candidates an opportunity to do a summer public policy fellowship in either a state agency or state legislature or a non profit or one of the policy centers listed in the questionnaire.

The selected candidates will serve as fellows in the matched agencies, non profit organizations or the policy centers on campus. They will do policy related work which may range from doing policy research, providing scientific feedback on critical issues, writing policy briefs, and memos to doing analysis on a bill. Selected candidates are expected to work up to a total of 240 hours during the course of the fellowship. They will decide upon the exact schedule in consultation with their fellowship coordinator and Amandeep. The starting and ending date will be decided together by the hiring agency/center, applicant and the ELIPPS Director. There will be a compensation provided at a 47% GSR scale ($6100) during the period of fellowship. Selected fellows will be required to fill a weekly journal based on their weekly activities and will be required to attend an orientation and monthly check in meetings with Amandeep.

  • Currently pursuing a Masters/PhD degree/JD/DVM  in College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, Division of Social Sciences, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, School of Education, School of Veterinary Medicine, or School of Law
  • Would be willing to work for a total of 240 hours over the summer during the period of fellowship in the recruiting agency/center
  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in public or science policy after graduation

How to Apply:

Deadline: Information not currently available

Off Campus

ABA Section of Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program

No. of Interns:
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. They will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Business Law Section Annual Meeting in September, where they will get the opportunity to take advantage of programming, and networking opportunities within the Section.

Description & Website:

This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first or second year law students.  Participating clerks will receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices that many of them lack.

The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program focus is on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For law students, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that will advance their future career opportunities in law practice, and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work.

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:

  • 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 demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must be ABA Law Student Division and Business Law Section Members.

How to Apply:

To apply for the 2017 Diversity Clerkship, please submit the following materials to Stephanie Rodriguez by December 30, 2016:

  • Completed Diversity Clerkship Application 
  • Resume
  • Official law school transcript*
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Application Essay (essay details are listed on the application)
  • Writing Sample from law school

*First year law students may submit their law school transcript after the application deadline with approval from Stephanie Rodriguez.

The application for the 2017 Diversity Clerkship program is now available here .

Deadline: December 30, 2016

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 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.

The goals of the internship program are to encourage students help address the legal problems of underserved individuals and communities and to educate future attorneys about those problems. Each law student will provide direct legal services to low-income clients under the supervision of accomplished lawyers, while learning about access to justice matters, legal decision-making, advocacy skills, attorney-client relationships, and legal institutions. Each supervising attorney will provide the law student with a variety of experiences and assignments, including significant research and writing.

To be considered for an internship, each student must:

  1. Complete and submit the application to the Commission and must include:
    • a.the intended legal services organization where the internship will take place (application Section D)
    • b. a statement from the legal services staff attorney agreeing to host the student as an intern (application Section G)
  2. Participate in a webinar or webcast which will primarily focus on professionalism, what to expect during the internship, and serve as a primer for working in the legal services setting.
  3. Begin the internship no later than June6, 2016. The internship requires a minimum of 400 hours of work.
  4. Commit to submitting an end-of-internship 1,000-word essay detailing his/her internship experience. The essay may be used by the respective law school to highlight the internship experience and will be published as a news release in connection with the annual Pro Bono Week celebration, as well as on the Commission’s website and other print publications.
How to Apply:

Send completed application to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, Attention Kristen Levins via either:

mail: P.O. Box 12487, Austin, Texas 78711;

fax: 512.427.4160


Deadline: [2017 information currently not available]

American Society of International Law, Arthur C. Helton Fellowship

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

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.

Description & Website:

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.

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 2014.

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.

How to Apply:

Successful applications must be submitted by the deadline to and must include the following materials:

  • Helton Fellowship application form (available online)
    • The Helton Fellowship application form includes space for a description of your proposed project; the impact you see the project having in the sponsoring organization, the geographic region, and/or the relevant field of international law; and the importance of this project towards your international career development goals.
  • 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

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.

Due to administrative constraints, only the first 50 completed applications, submitted on-line, and received in full by the submission deadline will be reviewed. Awards will be announced in March 2017.

Deadline: January 23, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

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.

Law students

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to:

Deadline: Fellowship last offered in 2014

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and AABA Law Foundation Scholarships

No. of Grants: 4 in 2016
Location: There is a preference for applicants who intend to provide legal assistance in the Bay Area.
Grant Amount:


Description & Website:

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. The Foundation can only continue its work through the generosity of donors. To donate online, visit

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.  If you have any questions, please contact

How to Apply:

2017 Application available here

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Asian American Law Fund of New York Community Service Scholarships

No. of Interns: Up to 3
Location: New York
Stipend & Term:

$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.

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.

Students enrolled in an ABA- or AALS-accredited law school in the United States at least half-time as determined by the law school are eligible to apply for the Asian American Law Fund Scholarship. To be eligible, an applicant must be a candidate for a J.D. degree and must be in good standing at his or her law school; students seeking advanced law degrees are not eligible for this program. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit a completed and signed Scholarship Application form. The Scholarship Application must be 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. 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.

Download the 2017 Scholarship Application .

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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.

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  The one letter of recommendation may be emailed separately to the same email address.

Deadline: Fellowship has not yet been announced for 2017.

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.

All law students in any class standing.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to or fax 415-285-5066.

Deadline: [2017 information currently not available]

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

No. of Interns:
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 $650).

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.

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: March 15, 2017

Bryan Cave/ NAPABA Law Foundation Community Service Scholarship

No. of Grants: 1
Location: Nationwide
Grant Amount:

$2,500 for at least 8 weeks.

Description & Website:

Diversity is a core value of Bryan Cave LLP and an engrained part of our culture. Bryan Cave LLP has partnered with the NAPABA Law Foundation to offer the Bryan Cave / NLF Community Service Scholarship, which will provide a $2,500 scholarship award for one law student who is a summer law intern that works on issues on behalf of, or that benefits, the Asian Pacific American community.

To be eligible, an applicant must be enrolled as a full time or part time student in an Association of American Law School (AALS)-accredited law school and must have secured a summer law internship.  The internship must be: (a) with a public service, civic, or non-profit organization or a corporation that is not a law firm; (b) arranged by the student; and (c) last for at least eight weeks.

How to Apply:

Applicant must submit:

  • A completed and signed Personal Information Form.
  • A letter from your employer verifying that you have accepted an internship with a public service, civic, or non-profit organization or a corporation that is not a law firm for the summer of 2015. The letter should state the number of weeks and expected hours you will work. If you will be engaged in more than one internship over the summer and thus working for more than one employer, please submit one form for each employer
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words, explaining: 
    • How the upcoming internship will benefit the Asian Pacific American community; and
    • Your past or present activities showing commitment to the public interest or the Asian Pacific American community.
  • At least one letter of recommendation written within the past year.
  • A copy of your most recent law school transcript (unofficial or official) from an AALS-accredited law school.  Grades from the academic term immediately preceding the summer are not required.
  • A current resume

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

Bryan Cave and NLF may interview candidates or request supplemental information, as appropriate. All applicants will be notified via email whether they have been selected. 

Deadline: May 31, 2016, 9PM ET [2017 Information Not Available]

California Bar Foundation Immigrant Integration Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: 2
Location: Sacramento, CA
Stipend & Term:

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.

Description & Website:

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.


  •  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

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your resume, references, 1-2 page writing sample, and a one-page cover letter to Sheila Bapat at Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Deadline: Monday April 17, 2017

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 June 5 to August 9.

Description & Website:

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. In addition to hearing from established communications professionals each Tuesday, fellows come together at the beginning and end of the program for professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Individuals interning at a partner organization located over 150 miles away from the Charles Koch Institute may be eligible for a partial travel reimbursement of up to $175 per seminar.

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.

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.

How to Apply:

Please apply online at the website listed.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit the website for further information.

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

No. of Interns: 1 in 2016
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 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. The Fellowships are named in honor of former LSC President Dan Bradley, who died in 1988.

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.

  • 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.
How to Apply:

Download the Dan Bradley Fellowship Application HERE.

Submit a completed application to Lorin Kline at Be sure to complete and include all parts of the application:

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

Please include “DAN BRADLEY APPLICATION – [LAST NAME]” in the email subject line

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: New Jersey
Stipend & Term:

The Fellowship program awards paid summer internships to 1L and 2L law students at New Jersey non-profit public interest legal assistance organizations.

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.

The Deborah T. Poritz Fellowship is a paid summer intern program 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.

How to Apply:

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). 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.

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.

Education Pioneers Summer Graduate School Fellowship

No. of Interns: 375
Location: Bay Area, New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Memphis, New Orleans, Austin, New Jersey, Connecticut
Stipend & Term:

The 10-week summer placement offers a $7,200 stipend. Programming for summer track will run from June 2017 through August 2017.

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.

  • 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.

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: Priority deadline is December 16, 2016 and Final Round deadline is February 13, 2017 11:59PM Pacific Time

Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships

No. of Fellowships:
Location: Summer fellowships may take place anywhere in the United States
Stipend & Term:

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. If an EJA recipient receives additional funding from another source, EJA will reduce its grant accordingly.  However, so that as many students as possible can receive some funding, there may be situations where EJA will reduce its grant further so that a student's total funding from all sources could fall below the $7,500 maximum. Under these circumstances, the EJA grant will remain large enough to ensure that the student receives a total of no less than $6,000 from all sources

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.

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:

To apply, applicants must send the following:

  • A cover letter describing your commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor
  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization

These materials should be emailed to Equal Justice America at

All required materials should be sent together. If your recommenders prefer to send their letters separately, they should email them to

Deadline: March 20, 2017

Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Corps

No. of Fellowships: 30
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term:

Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation are actively recruiting students to fill 30 exciting positions nationwide in the Rural Summer Legal Corps program. 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.

Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for their service and can seek unlimited outside funding.

Description & Website:

If you have any questions about the application and selection process, please email

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.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted here by February 19 at 11:59pm PT

Deadline: February 19, 2017 at 11:59pm PT

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.

To participate in AmeriCorps JD:

  • You must be a current law student at a qualifying organization
  • You must not receive compensation for more than $4,300 for the same service
  • You must not receive school credit 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).
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 14, 2017

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation

No. of Grants: 10 in 2016
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.

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
How to Apply:

Applications for internship funding should be submitted online at

Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  

Deadline: Deadline is March 24, 2017

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.

Description & Website:

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 (formerly known as the WLALA Foundation Public Action 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. Since its incorporation in 1985, the WLALA Foundation has funded projects with a strong emphasis on public service.

The WLALA Foundation’s Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant 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.

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 here) , contact information for three references, 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

Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017 by 5:00pm

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 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. In addition to gaining valuable experience in public interest law, the Goldmark Intern receives an $8,000 stipend. There is little or no cost to the host program.

2L law students through recent graduates; additional requirements will vary from year to year.

How to Apply:

Application form and additional information online

Deadline: October 7, 2016

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.

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.

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. 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. We encourage applicants to pick timely projects that might be overlooked by more traditional sources of funding. We generally do not provide funding for work at large non-profits or agencies that receive government funding, though we have made some exceptions if the agencies are severely under-funded or if the project is especially compelling. We do provide funding for both national and international projects.

The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the NLG’s tradition of “people's lawyering." The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them.

Fellowships may be completed with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups. We encourage applicants to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. This could be a small non-profit, a short-staffed community law firm, or an organizing campaign that needs legal assistance.

How to Apply:

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.

Deadline: January 9, 2017

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 26-June 24, 2017 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.


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.

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

Deadline: January 4, 2017 at 11:59pm PST

James B. McMillan Legal Fellowships

No. of Grants:
Location: Charlotte, NC area/Mecklenburg county
Grant Amount:

The Committee anticipates making individual Fellowship awards of up to, but not to exceed, $3,000.00 per Fellow.

Description & Website:

The James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund was established in 1995 to honor the memory and example of U.S. District Judge James B. McMillan. It is a separate fund of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, a non-profit corporation to which contributions are tax-deductible.

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.

A law student must show commitment to public interest service in the legal profession.

The Fund Committee will look favorably on students:

  • who have lived in Mecklenburg County;
  • who intend to practice law in Mecklenburg County;
  • who reflect the cultural diversity of North Carolina and Mecklenburg County;
  • whose law school and life experiences reflect a desire to have a positive impact on the lives of others as their lives are affected by the legal system and its administration;
  • who have demonstrated good character and suitable academic performance in law school;
  • who have submitted a joint application with a nonprofit or governmental agency based in Mecklenburg County.
How to Apply:

A law student must apply directly to the sponsoring agency that indicates an interest in employing the law student. 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. Applications without a resume AND personal statement will not be considered.

Applications may be sent to the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center by mail at:

McMillan Fellowship, 2850 Zebulon Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208

or by e-mail at, subject line: McMillan Fellowship.

Deadline: March 6, 2017 by 5:00p.m.

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 a specified 8 or 10 week period and will be responsible for all taxes and other deductions.

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

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:  Submit an application form (available online), resume, statement of interest, writing sample, and law school transcript.

Deadline: January 31, 2017

John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship (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. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1 to the program of his or her choice.

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.

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 September 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 (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.  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



Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, ABA Section of Litigation

No. of Interns: Varies, more than 100 each year
Location: Various
Stipend & Term:

The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year diverse law students. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Description & Website:

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. Internships are available in several locations in California, Illinois and Texas. In addition, we offer internships in the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); and Seattle, WA. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts.

Internships for students with an Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, San Francisco (Antitrust only) and Washington, DC. Students can indicate their interest on their application. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

1L or 2L minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students.

Students do not need to be an ABA member to apply, however they will be required to join the ABA and the Section of Litigation if selected to the program. The program is only open to students who have not previously participated as an intern in the program.

How to Apply:

Apply online here.

Deadline: January 6, 2017

K&L Gates LLP Public Interest Fellowship Program

No. of Fellowships: 1
Location: Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Stipend & Term:

The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for 8 weeks during the summer.

Description & Website:

K&L Gates is committed to affording all attorneys, including future attorneys, opportunities to provide pro bono legal services. Our Pittsburgh office Public Interest Fellowship program underscores K&L Gates' and the legal profession's commitment to public service. 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.

All current second-year and third-year law students are eligible to apply. Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Foundation, an Advisory Committee recommends the fellowship recipients based on academic merit, demonstrated commitment to public service, other information provided throughout the application process and interviews with the finalist candidates. Family members of Advisory Committee members are not eligible for this fellowship. The Pittsburgh Foundation will notify chosen fellowship recipients of its decision.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship, candidates must complete and submit an application. Application guidelines  and the application  can be downloaded directly from our website or requested from Jessica L. Gangjee. The application deadline is October 21, 2016.

Deadline: October 21, 2016

Law Student Union Summer - AFL-CIO

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: Various, not in DC
Stipend & Term:

The weekly stipend is $600 and housing and transportation are provided between.

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.

1L or 2L students and demonstrated interest in labor law

How to Apply:

Application form (available online), cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcripts, and three references (preferably a combination of academick and/or work/internship related).

Deadline: January 13, 2017

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.


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:
Deadline: [2017 Information unavailable]

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. These awards are supported by generous contributions to the MBF from lawyers and judges statewide and by the Smith Family Fund.

Description & Website:

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.
  • 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.

The internship must be conducted at an organization that: 

  • Is in Massachusetts,
  • Has been in operation for at least one year,
  • Has programs dedicated to providing civil (not criminal) legal services to the indigent in Massachusetts,
  • Has a staff attorney who will supervise and mentor the intern.
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

Deadline: March 17, 2017

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.

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  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 Fellowship

No. of Grants:
Location: Various
Grant Amount:

$500 scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses.

Description & Website:

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship.  The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.  Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients.  In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.  Beyond the mentorship, each year, the Fellows tell us that one of the best parts of the Fellowship is meeting the other incredible rising 3Ls.

Women law students entering their 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:

Here's what you'll need to submit to apply for the Fellowship:

1. Resume (Must include a link to your LinkedIn Profile)

2. Unofficial Law School Transcript(s)

3. One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “There are many mentorship programs for law students; why would you like to participate in the Ms. JD Fellowship?”

4. One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability, both in and out of law school.”

5. One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “If you had to contribute to the Ms. JD community by writing a blog post, what would you discuss and why?”

6. One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “Describe in detail an event that you would like to organize at your law school that promotes women in the law.”

**Specific application instructions**

All application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file titled "[First Name Last Name] Fellowship Application" with a cover page that lists First & Last Name, Law School, GPA, LinkedIn Profile Link, Email, and Phone Number.  Applications that are not submitted in this format will not be considered. Submit your application to

Deadline: March 31, 2017 at 11:59pm Central Time

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.

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: varies
Location: New York State
Grant Amount:

$6,000 stipend to spend the summer of 2016 (10 weeks minimum)

Description & Website:

Available for law students working for government environmental agencies or a non-profit environmental organizations.

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.

How to Apply:

Please visit website for application instructions.

Deadline: December 31, 2016 by close of business

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.

First and second year law students; see individual mentor organizations for additional eligibility requirements.

How to Apply:

We will begin accepting applications for our 2016 fellowship program on December 1, 2015.  Application form online, cover letter, two references and resume.  Applicants may apply to a maximum of 7 mentor organizations (listed on website).

Deadline: January 16, 2016

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

No. of Interns: 10
Location: Pennsylvania
Stipend & Term:

$5000 stipend, subject to taxes. Pay periods will be determined by the program.

Description & Website:

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.

Class Level 1L, 2L, and 3E; applicants must be open to statewide placement; transportation and housing are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

How to Apply:

For serious consideration, applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and transcript to:

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq.
Administrative Officer
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
118 Locust Street
PA 17101
1-800-322-7572, ext. 216

Deadline: May 31, 2017

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.

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 following documents must be uploaded (as a single PDF file) 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 (to be uploaded or emailed to
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Deadline: April 1, 2017

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.

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:

Deadline: April 15, 2016 [2017 information not currently available]

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

No. of Interns: Over 40
Location: Chicago
Stipend & Term:

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.

Description & Website:

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.

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).

How to Apply:

PILI administers our Internship Program application through You must register on this site before you can submit any applications. There is an approval process for 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.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all agencies have completed their hiring.

QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship

No. of Grants: Unknown
Location: Washington State
Grant Amount:

The fellow will receive a $7500 stipend.

Description & Website:

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and community education.

The fellow will be based in NWIRP’s Wenatchee office and provide crucial direct legal representation and outreach to LGBTQ immigrants and/or immigrants living with HIV in rural central Washington.

Many LGBTQ immigrants in the United States were forced to flee and are afraid of returning to their country of origin due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Others are persecuted, abused and discriminated within the United States because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Those in rural communities are especially vulnerable to abuse and discrimination because of a lack of support and resources in isolated areas.

The fellow will focus on providing direct legal services, under the supervision of attorneys. In addition to direct legal services, the fellow will conduct outreach presentations to both community members and social service providers, such as other legal service providers, farmworker advocates, medical clinics, etc.

The fellowship is open to all law students able to commit to at least 10 weeks, full time during the summer. Applicants must have a commitment to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment. Fluency in Spanish is required.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Vanessa Gutierrez via email – with “QLAW Summer Fellowship” in the subject line.

Deadline: February 15, 2016 [2017 information not currently available]

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.

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: [2016 information currently not available]

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

No. of Interns: Varies
Location: Nationwide
Stipend & Term:

The fellowship recipients each receive a $2,000 honorarium.

Description & Website:

Robert Masur dedicated his legal career to protecting the rights of the unemployed, minorities and the poor. A 1973 graduate of Stanford Law School, he spent six years at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where he litigated a number of employment and consumer law cases. In 1976, he successfully argued an employment discrimination case before the Supreme Court. He entered private practice in 1981, where he focused on consumer protection law. His friends and family established the Robert Masur Fellowship in his memory to support the work to which he was dedicated, and to encourage young people to pursue public-interest legal careers.

For more information about this program, email

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.

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, 2016 [2017 information is not currently available]

San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (SFLRLA) Public Interest Law Fellowship

No. of Fellowships: 4 to 6
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Stipend & Term:

Up to $5,000. Fellowship amounts will vary depending on the grant funding available and the applicant’s financial need.

Description & Website:

The 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.


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.

How to Apply:

Law students should submit the enclosed application  and required supporting materials. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have secured a summer internship.

All applications and supporting materials must be sent via e-mail as a single .pdf document to: Laura Hurtado at and Josue Fuentes at

ROUND 2: Applications are due via e-mail by July 22, 2016. Interviews will be conducted the last week of July and first week of August.

Deadline: Round 1: March 17, 2016 Round 2: July 22, 2016 [2017 information not currently available]

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.

Law students with a summer internship. 

How to Apply:


All applications and supporting materials must be sent via e-mail as a single .pdf document to: Laura Hurtado at and Yesenia Santacruz at

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 or Yesenia Santacruz with questions.

Deadline: March 2, 2015 [2017 information not currently available]

SFTLA Trial Advocacy Fellowship Program

No. of Fellowships: 4
Location: Various
Stipend & Term:

Participants in the SFTLA Summer 2016 Trial Advocacy Fellowship Program will receive a stipend of $6,000 for the summer. To be paid in installments.

Fellows will be asked to commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer.

Description & Website:

The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (“SFTLA”) Diversity Committee has established a Fellowship Program to introduce a diverse group of law students to the plaintiffs’ bar generally and to the SFTLA specifically.  The Fellowship Program (the “Program”) will allow selected students to observe the work of trial attorneys as part of a summer-long mentoring program.  Fellows will gain exposure to the work of trial attorneys by “shadowing” three mentor law firms, each for a three to four week period.  Fellows will attend depositions, hearings, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors.  They will also have the opportunity to work on short-duration projects, including a writing assignment.

The Program is open to law students who (1) have completed their second year (or equivalent) of law school; (2) exhibit a diversity of traits and attributes in age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic factors or national origin or demonstrate a commitment to fostering such diversity within the legal community; and (3) demonstrate a strong interest in and/or commitment to representing plaintiffs in civil actions.

Four fellowships will be awarded.  The Fellows will be selected based on information provided in the written application materials, including the applicant’s commitment to the goals of diversity and interest in representing plaintiffs in civil actions.  Other factors include past work experience and relevant coursework.  Applicants selected for consideration based on the written materials will then be personally interviewed by members of the SFTLA Diversity Committee.  The Fellows will be selected following the interviews.

How to Apply:

Based upon qualifications, the SFTLA Fellowship Selection Committee will invite applicants to be interviewed. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the month of November. Students selected for the Fellowship will be notified in the month of December.

Each applicant should submit the following:

  • 1) Application
  • 2) Current Resume
  • 3) Personal Statement
    • a. Applicants should discuss their interest and, if applicable, commitment to representing plaintiffs in civil actions and how they believe the Program will further that goal.
    • b. Applicants should also discuss their view on the role of diversity in the practice of law.

Complete an online application- CLICK HERE TO APPLY! Alternately, you can print the application and mail or fax to the address below:

2017 SFTLA Trial Advocacy Fellowship Program
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
311 California Street, Suite 620
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.956.6401 (voice)
415.956.6680 (fax)
Program Contact: Jordan Dunn

Deadline: October 31, 2016

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.

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 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.

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,

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

Deadline: April 15, 2015 by 5:00 pm

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section, Summer Environmental Law Fellowships

No. of Fellowships: Unspecified
Location: Various
Stipend & Term:

Law Student Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for an 8-10 week summer internship.

Description & Website:

The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California is seeking applicants for its 2016 Summer Law Student Fellowship Program. 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.

Preference will be given to first and second year students; however, third-year students who are not taking the Bar exam during the summer will also be considered. 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.

How to Apply:

Please send a completed application package, including the application form and additional required materials, to The State Bar of California, c/o Stephanie Carman, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Application Package:

  • A completed application form. Application forms are available on the Environmental Law Section’s website. (Form is also available here )
  • A resume.
  • An undergraduate transcript.
  • A law school transcript (except for first year law students).
  • A personal statement (not to exceed 2 pages) describing the how the applicant meets the selection criteria.
  • Two references, including one from a law school professor.
Deadline: November 2, 2015

Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program

No. of Interns: 12
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.

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.

  • 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.
  • All students enrolled in an accredited college are eligible to apply, however 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.
  • ACF is an equal-opportunity organization.
How to Apply:

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.

Deadline: February 15, 2017

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

No. of Grants: At least 1
Location: N/A
Grant Amount:


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.

Any student who is:

  • Enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association for the 2015/2016 academic year; and
  • Able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service.
  • An interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not necessary for an applicant to be selected.
How to Apply:

An application must include:

  • A curriculum vitae or résumé that contains the applicant’s current contact information, including email and phone number.
  • The applicant’s most recent transcript (undergraduate, graduate or law school). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or any other suitable person.
  • An original essay written by the applicant alone.  The essay is limited to no more than 500 words and should address any interests, experiences or other qualifications considered relevant by the applicant that demonstrate an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service. 
Deadline: July 31, 2015

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Scholarship

No. of Grants: 2
Location: San Jose
Grant Amount:

At least $1,000

Description & Website:

The 2016 scholarship recipients will be recognized at VABANC's annual scholarship dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Dynasty Restaurant, 1001 Story Rd #200 in San Jose. This year, the dinner coincides with the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVVA)’s welcoming gala. Attendance at the scholarship dinner is mandatory (i.e., the award is contingent
on attendance). Please note that VABANC is unable to pay for any expenses, including transportation and lodging, in connection with your interview and/or attendance at the scholarship dinner.

Through its annual scholarship, VABANC recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Vietnamese-American and Vietnamese communities. 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.

How to Apply:

1) A completed application form ;

2) a résumé

3) VABANC membership (student membership is free on our website:

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
▪ In-person/video interviews will be conducted the first week of August.

Deadline: July 17, 2016 by 11:59pm PDT

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:

The Williams Institute Summer Fellowship program  provides a stipend to allow a current law student or recent law school graduate to work for a national lesbian and gay rights organization.  Examples of eligible placements include the summer internship programs of Lambda Legal, ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy (as a Gleason Kettel Summer Fellow), and similar national and local organizations.  During the fellowship, students work on research projects and assist with on-going lesbian and gay civil rights cases.

These summer fellowships serve two critical functions advancing sexual orientation and gender identity law.  First, these fellowships provide an opportunity for talented law students to start a career in this important field and give students practical experience in working on LGBT rights cases.  LGBT-focused  legal organizations just do not have the funding to pay for summer help, so most students would not be able to work for them if these fellowships did not exist.  Second, the fellowships directly advance the rights of LGBT people. Because most LGBT-focused legal organizations are short on staff and funds, they really need student help in the summer. Without these fellowships, organizations could not take on as many LGBT rights cases or help as many clients.

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:

Send application, cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to:

Adelin Lo
The Williams Institute
UCLA School of Law
Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476

Deadline: February 29, 2016