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Public Interest Summer Funding

King Hall is pleased to announce the availability of summer funding fellowships for students carrying out public service legal work at a non-profit organization or government agency this summer. Current 1L and 2L students can apply for each of the following summer fellowship opportunities by submitting a single application. 

  • The University of California Presidential Summer Public Service Law Fellowships
    • Number of Fellowships: dependent on funding
    • For: Otherwise unpaid legal work at non-profit organizations or government agencies (judicial externships are not eligible. Court-based legal assistance, such as Family Law Facilitators’ Offices and Self-Help Centers, do qualify.)
    • Maximum Possible Award: $4,000 (see fellowship eligibility rules for details)
    • Selection Process: Three King Hall faculty and staff members will review and score the applications.  The two highest cumulative scorers will receive Stevens Fellowships. UC Presidential Summer Fellowships will be awarded to the next highest scorers, in turn, until fellowship funds are exhausted.
  • The John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships
    • Number of Fellowships: 2 to 3 
    • For: Otherwise unpaid legal work at non-profit organizations or government agencies (judicial externships are not eligible. Court-based legal assistance, such as Family Law Facilitators’ Offices and Self-Help Centers, do qualify.)
    • Award: $5,000
    • Selection Process: Three King Hall faculty and staff members will review and score the applications.  The two highest cumulative scores will receive Stevens Fellowships.
  • The King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) Fellowships
    • Number of Fellowships: dependent on funding
    • For: Otherwise unpaid legal work that raises the economic, educational, and social levels of under-privileged and underrepresented individuals and groups. Note: KHLF does not provide funding for prosecutorial work.
    • Maximum Possible Award: Dependent on funding. In past years, the maximum possible awards have been $2,000 for those receiving UC Presidential Summer Fellowships; $1,000 for those receiving Stevens Fellowships; and $4,000 for those without any other source of funding.
    • KHLF grant recipients must disclose to KHLF the sources and amounts of all other summer funding. Any amount received in any form from their organization, including, but not limited to, stipends, transportation, and other expenses, and the amount received from all outside sources, including but not limited to, grants and scholarships must be reported. Grant recipients may not receive more than a total of $10,000 of total funding for the summer (including the KHLF summer Grant). Any amount above this cap will be refunded to KHLF accordingly.
    • Selection Process: KHLF is an independent, student-directed non-profit organization.  You must be a member of KHLF to be eligible for funding. Each applicant’s proposal is evaluated anonymously by a selection committee. The KHLF Board of Directors has developed the selection criteria in accordance with the organization’s mission. KHLF awards grants to those applicants receiving the highest overall scores tallied from each of the members of the selection committee.

To Apply:

1L and 2Ls can apply for all three fellowship opportunities through a single application. To apply you must include all of the following into a single PDF:

  1. Completed application cover sheet 
  2. Resume
  3. Statement of Purpose (2 pages maximum, doubled-spaced, 12-point font). The statement should address the following questions:
    1. What work will you perform this summer?
    2. Why is this work important and who will it impact?
    3. How have you demonstrated your commitment to pursuing a public service career?
  4. A short paragraph (no more than 300 words), separate from statement of purpose explaining your financial need and how you will use the funds to support your work this summer
  5. Written documentation from the host organization or agency confirming that it will host your summer work (can be an email chain between you and host showing offer and acceptance).

The application and all supporting documents should be combined into a single PDF saved as LAST NAME-FIRST NAME.pdf and emailed to careerservices@law.ucdavis.edu with the subject line "SUMMER FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION - [YOUR LAST NAME]."  The deadline is Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm - late applications will not be accepted. 

If you would like your statement of purpose reviewed prior to submission, please send a draft in Word to Sofia Parino. Those sent by March 10th will be reviewed, those sent after may be reviewed depending on counselor's availability.