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The University of California Presidential Summer Public Service Law Fellowships

Subject to funding from the University of California’s Office of the President, King Hall will award a limited number of fellowships to currently enrolled first and second year students to enable them to undertake legal work at non-profit organizations or government agencies during the summer. These UC Presidential Summer Fellowships are intended to support students who demonstrate commitment to pursuing public service legal careers and potential for excellence.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship, candidates must:

  • Secure an otherwise unpaid offer to work for a non-profit organization or government agency. Judicial clerkships are not eligible.  Court-based legal assistance, such as Family Law Facilitators’ Offices and/or Self-Help Centers, do qualify.
  • Commit to providing at least 375 hours of work to a host organization or agency between commencement and the start of fall classes; and
  • Perform at least 10 hours of pro bono public service work during the preceding academic year; OR at least five hours of volunteer work on behalf of KHLF. (These five hours may also count toward your KHLF Fellowship eligibility requirements.)

Fellowship Award Amount

The maximum possible award is $4,000. If you are selected to receive a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship, you will be asked to disclose all other sources of summer funding you have received or anticipate receiving. 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 a ride share, 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 King Hall Legal Foundation does not count against your UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship 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.

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.