The John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships

In partnership with the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Foundation, King Hall is pleased to announce that it will also award six John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships to students who demonstrate commitment to public service and potential for excellence throughout their legal careers.


To be eligible for the John Paul Stevens Fellowship, candidates must:

  • be eligible for a Summer Public Interest Fellowship;
  • undertake a summer position that is otherwise unpaid, meaning that you do not receive financial compensation of any kind from the host organization; and
  • receive one of the six highest application scores from the King Hall Summer Public Service Fellowship Selection Committee.

Fellowship Award Amount

The amount of each Stevens Fellowship will be $6,000. 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 Fellowships, 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 $6,000 and her total summer income will be $7,000.

Example 2:

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

To Apply

1L and 2Ls can apply for all three fellowship opportunities through a single application. Application materials will be submitted through Symplicity, February 9 through April 1, 2022.

To apply, log into your Symplicity account, upload all documents listed below as instructed. Then go to the OCI & Resume Collections section and use the Session pull down menu to find Spring 2022 (Public Service Summer Funding Application). Attach all the documents below and hit submit.

You must upload the following items:

  1. Completed application cover sheet (When uploading to Symplicty, select Cover Letter as the Document Type)
  2. Resume
  3. Statement of Purpose (2 pages maximum, doubled-spaced, 12-point font). (When uploading to Symplicty, select Writing Sample as the Document Type) The statement should address the following questions:
    1. How have you demonstrated your commitment to pursuing a public service career?
    2. What work will you perform this summer?
    3. Why is this work important and who will it impact?
  4. A short paragraph (no more than 300 words) explaining your financial need and how you will use the funds to support your work this summer. This is separate from the Statement of Purpose but can be in the same document.
  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). (When uploading to Symplicty, select Other Documents as the Document Type)