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.

Summer 2023 applications - open through April 5, 2023


1L and 2Ls can apply for all fellowship opportunities through a single application. Application materials will be submitted by uploading them using this link:  

Combine everything into one document. File names should start with applicants’ first and last name (ex. Joan Smith Application.pdf).

Your single pdf should contain the following items:

  1. Completed application cover sheet - available here in fillable pdf or here in word
  2. Resume
  3. Statement of Purpose & Financial Paragraph
    1. Statement of Purpose is 2 pages maximum, doubled-spaced, 12-point font. The statement should address the following questions (in any order):
      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?
    2. 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. Include this at the end of Statement of Purpose, it is separate and does not count against your page limit, but should be in same document.
  4. Employer Verification: Written documentation from the host organization or agency confirming that it will host your summer work (can be the email chain between you and host showing offer and acceptance).

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 27, 2023 will be guaranteed a review, those sent after may be reviewed depending on counselor's availability.