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.
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 Uber, 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.