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The University of California Presidential Summer Public Service Law Fellowships

Through generous funding from the University of California’s Office of the President, King Hall is pleased to 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 400 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.

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

2018 application will be available soon