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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 clerkships 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 
    • For: Otherwise unpaid legal work at non-profit organizations or government agencies (judicial clerkships 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.
    • Overall Summer Funding Cap: $6,000 (see fellowship eligibility rules for details)
    • Selection Process: KHLF is an independent, student-directed non-profit organization.  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.

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 no more than 300 words on your financial need and 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 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 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 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 as early as possible. Those sent by March 7th will guaranteed to be reviewed, those sent after may be reviewed depending on availability.