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Summer FAQ

The John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships: $5000 for the two eligible applications with the highest scores.

The University of California Presidential Summer Public Service Law Fellowships: Up to $4000 for eligible applications.

The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) Fellowships: amount dependent on funding

1L and 2Ls can apply for all three fellowship opportunities through a single application.  Submit the application cover sheet, your resume, a 1-2 page statement of purpose, a separate statement of how the funds will be used, and a confirmation of employment from your host organization.  The application and all supporting documents should be combined into a single PDF and emailed to careerservices@law.ucdavis.edu with the subject line "SUMMER FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION - [YOUR LAST NAME]."

Yes, if prior to the application deadline you:

  • Have secured a full time (at least 400 hours) summer placement at a public interest organization or government agency; AND
  • Have performed (1) at least 10 hours of pro bono (volunteer work done without compensation and not done for credits) public service work during this academic year ; OR (2) at least 5 hours of volunteer work on behalf of KHLF.

Yes, if prior to the application deadline you:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements for the UCOP fellowship; AND
  • You do not receive financial compensation of any kind from the host organization.

Yes, if prior to the application deadline you:

  • Have secured a summer placement at a public interest organization or government agency (prosecutorial work is not eligible); AND
  • Join KHLF as a member; AND
  • are a 1L or 2L student at King Hall; AND
  • Volunteer 10 hours of solicitation work for the KHLF auction; AND
  • Volunteer 5 hours at the KHLF auction itself.

In order to apply for a fellowship, you must find a job with a qualifying organization. Applicants may work for any public interest 501(c)(3) organization or public defender’s office, some governmental agencies and departments or public interest centered private organizations. The work done at the governmental agency or private organization must be similar to the work that would be done by a qualifying nonprofit organization. If you are applying for a KHLF grant to work for a governmental or private organization, you should demonstrate that the organization provides critical legal services that are not currently served by private nonprofit organizations. KHLF will not award a summer grant for a position at a District Attorney’s Office.  Judicial clerkships are ineligible for funding.

No. Judicial clerkships are not eligible for these summer fellowships.  Court-based legal assistance, such as Family Law Facilitators’ Offices and Self-Help Centers do qualify.

Yes and No.  Yes, you are eligible for UCOP and for John Paul Stevens Fellowships.  No, you are not eligible for KHLF Fellowships.

No. You must have an eligible position secured before the deadline and a confirmation from your host organization must be included in your application materials.

Yes, you are still eligible to receive UCOP and KHLF fellowships. Should you be selected, your stipend will affect the calculation for your award amount. However, because you will be paid by your employer, you are not eligible to receive the John Paul Stevens Fellowship.

Three King Hall faculty and/or staff members review and score the applications for UCOP and John Paul Stevens Fellowships.  The two highest cumulative scorers will receive Stevens Fellowships.  UCOP Fellowships will be awarded to the next highest scorers, in turn, until fellowship funds are exhausted.

KHLF is an independent, student-directed non-profit organization.  Each applicant for KHLF Fellowships is evaluated anonymously by a selection committee.  KHLF awards grants to those applicants receiving the highest overall scores tallied from each of the members of the selection committee.

The committee does it’s best to make a decision on UCOP and Stevens Fellowships within 3-4 weeks after the close of the application deadline.  You will receive an email to inform you of the decision.  If you have been awarded the fellowship, the email will ask you to reply and indicate whether or not you have received other funding for your fellowship work.  Please reply promptly so as not to delay the calculation of your award.

KHLF tries to coordinate timing with UCOP and Stevens Fellowship decisions.  A separate email from KHLF will inform you of its decision.

The amount of each fellowship will be $5,000. No subtraction will be made for money received from other sources to support the same summer work, but note that to be eligible for the Stevens Fellowship your summer position must be unpaid, meaning that you cannot receive financial compensation of any kind from the host organization.

Example 1:

Alberta Johnson receives a Stevens Fellowship. She also gets a $1,000 summer fellowship from one of the law student associations she belongs to. Alberta’s Stevens Fellowship will be $5,000 and her total summer income will be $6,000.

Example 2:

Audie Norris receives a Stevens Fellowship. His host organization then offers to pay Audie a summer stipend of $6,000. Audie must decline the Stevens Fellowship because he is no longer eligible for it.

The maximum possible award is $4,000. Every dollar of other summer funding you receive for the fellowship work (such as, for example, stipends, work study pay, and outside fellowships) will be subtracted from your award at the rate of 50 cents to every dollar. Money earned through other summer work (such as being a Research Assistant, house-sitting, driving for Uber, etc.) does not count against your fellowship award; just remember that you must complete a minimum of 400 hours performing the work for which you are receiving the fellowship. Scholarships that cover tuition, books and fees, even if received during the summer, do not count against your fellowship award. Finally, summer fellowship money received from the KHLF does not count against your UCOP award amount.

Example 1:

Max Silva is selected for a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Award. His summer employer will pay him $2,500 in work-study wages for the summer and he receives a $500 grant from a local bar association to support his summer work. He will also get paid $2,000 to work as a Research Assistant to a Professor at nights and on weekends. Max’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship will be:

$4,000 – ($2,500+$500)/2) = $2,500

 Max’s total summer earnings will be $7,500.

Example 2:

Arlene Choi is selected for a UC Presidential Public Service Fellowship. Her host organization offers her a summer stipend of $6,000 for her work. Arlene’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship will be:

 $4,000 – ($6,000/2) = $1,000

 Arlene’s total summer earnings will be $7,000.

Example 3:

Maurice Harkless is selected for a UC Presidential Public Service Fellowship. He gets an Equal Justice Works Segal Education award of $1,500 that goes directly towards his tuition through his financial aid account. Though related to his summer work, because the Segal Award is designated for tuition or books (like a scholarship), it does not count against Maurice’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship. Maurice’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship will be:

 $4,000 – (0/2) = $4,000

 Maurice’s total summer earnings will be $5,500 (though note that Maurice will only have $4,000 to spend as he pleases; the $1,500 from the Segal Award will be credited directly to his financial aid account).

Example 4:

Mariel Sulman is selected for a UC Presidential Public Service Fellowship. She also gets a KHLF Fellowship of $2,000. Because KHLF Fellowships do not count against Mariel’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship, Mariel’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship will be:

 $4,000 – (0/2) = $4,000

 Maurice’s total summer earnings will be $6,000.

The amount of each award will be determined based on the availability of funding. In past years, KHLF has been able to award as much as $4,000 to students who did not receive other fellowships and as much as $2,000 for those who did. All KHLF Fellowship recipients are subject to a maximum cap of $6,000 from all sources.  KHLF may fund part-time public interest legal work on a pro-rated basis.

Example 1:

Anne Smith receives a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship in the amount of $4,000. She has also performed her auction-related KHLF hours. KHLF gives her a KHLF Fellowship of $2,000. Because money received from KHLF does not count against the UC Presidential Fellowship, Anne’s total summer income will be $6,000.

Example 2:

Alexa Garcia is not selected for a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship, but she has performed her auction related KHLF hours. KHLF gives Alexa a KHLF Fellowship of $4,000. Her total summer income will be $4,000.

Example 3:

Arnold Parson is not selected for a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship. He neglects to do any auction-related volunteer work for KHLF. Arnold is ineligible for a KHLF fellowship. His total summer income will be zero. (Don’t be an Arnold!)

No, only money you receive for the fellowship work (such as, for example stipends, work study pay, other fellowships) will be subtracted from your award at the rate of 50 cents to every dollar. Money earned through other summer work (such as being a Research Assistant, house-sitting, driving for Uber, etc.) does not count against your fellowship award; just remember that you must complete a minimum of 400 hours performing the work for which you are receiving the fellowship.

You must inform the law school at any point in which you received additional money for your fellowship work.  Your award will be recalculated and you will be responsible to refund the overpaid fellowship amount back to the school.  You can send an email to Sofia Parino at slparino@ucdavis.edu.