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The University of California Presidential Summer Public Service Law Fellowships

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.


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 prior to the application deadline (usually in March). Judicial externships 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  public service/volunteer 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 award amount is $4,500 for second year students and $4,000 for first year students. This base amount will only be reduced if you receive other funding for the work (such as, for example, stipends, work study pay, and outside fellowships). The amount of other summer funding you receive for the fellowship work will be subtracted from your award at the rate of 50 cents on 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 work full time 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. If you are selected to receive a UC Presidential Public Service Fellowship, you will be asked to disclose all other sources of summer funding you have received or anticipate receiving. 

Example 1:

Max Silva, a 1L, is selected for a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Award. Max's summer employer will pay $2,500 in work-study wages for the summer and Max receives a $500 grant from a local bar association to support Max's summer work. Max will also get paid $2,000 to work as a Research Assistant to a Professor on nights and on weekends. Max’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship Award will be:

$4,000 – ($2,500+$500)/2) = $2,500

Only half of the bar association grant and work study wages are deducted from the UCOP award. The RA salary is not deducted from the award. Max’s total summer earnings from all sources will be $7,500.

Example 2:

Arlene Choi, a 2L, is selected for a UC Presidential Summer 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 Award will be:

$4,500 – ($6,000/2) = $1,500

Arlene’s total summer earnings will be $7,500.

Example 3:

Maurice Harkless, a 1L, is selected for a UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship. They get an Equal Justice Works Segal Education award of $1,500 that goes directly towards tuition through their financial aid account. Though related to Maurice's summer work, because the Segal Award is designated for tuition or books (like a scholarship), it does not count against Maurice’s UCOP award. Maurice’s UC Presidential Summer Public Service Fellowship Award 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 they please; the $1,500 from the Segal Award will be credited directly to Maurice's financial aid account).


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 saved as LAST NAME-FIRST NAME.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. 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), 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

Email application to with the subject line "SUMMER FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION - [YOUR LAST NAME]."  The application period for Summer 2022 will be announced in Spring