John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship
In partnership with the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Foundation, the UC Davis School of Law will provide two King Hall law students grants of $5,000 each to support their Summer 2013 work in public interest law. The awards will be made in partnership with the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Foundation, established by former law clerks of Justice Stevens. Stevens Fellowships will recognize chosen law students’ commitment to public service and their potential for excellence throughout their legal careers.http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/centers/cilc/fellowships.html
Any student at UC Davis School of Law who secures a summer law placement in service of the public interest, in the United States or abroad.
As detailed in the Application and Frequently Asked Questions documents: Application cover sheet, resume/curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, two faculty references, and a letter of support from the sponsoring governmental or non-governmental legal organization. All items must be submitted electronically. If you absolutely cannot submit the application over email, you may submit five (5) complete copies of your application or your application will be considered incomplete. All items must be submitted to the fellowship coordinator Uyen Le at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Uyen P. Le, California International Law Center (CILC)
University of California, Davis School of Law
400 Mrak Hall Drive
Davis, CA 95616
UC Davis King Hall Legal Foundation
KHLF awards all proceeds raised throughout the academic year as Summer Public Interest Grants to first and second year law students who will perform summer legal work in the public interest sector, or Bar Grants to 3Ls beginning their careers in a public interest field. Full grants are awarded for 400 hours of public service work at qualifying organizations. Applicants may also request partial grants.
In order to apply for a grant, the applicant must first secure summer employment with a qualifying public interest organization. Applicants may apply for a grant for summer employment with any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of underrepresented or disadvantaged population. In some circumstances, KHLF will consider awarding grants for government organizations. However, the applicant must demonstrate that the government organization provides critical legal services that are not currently served through a private, non-profit organization.
Generally, KHLF does not award grants for summer work with a District Attorney Office, the Office of the Attorney General, or judicial clerkships. KHLF considers grant applications based on the specific project the applicant proposes, and evaluates the application in light of the legal needs that are served by the employer organization.
General Public Interest Grant (funded by KHLF)http://students.law.ucdavis.edu/KHLF/grants/index.html
To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must: (1) Be a member in good standing of KHLF; (2) be a first or second year student at King Hall for Summer Public Interest Grants; (3) Not have previously received a KHLF grant; (4) Attend all mandatory meetings; (5) Volunteer 20 hours of time to the Annual Spring Auction, including 14 hours of active, documented solicitation, and 6 hours of work at the auction; and (6) Volunteer 5 hours of time with a local public interest legal entity.
Application form online, personal statement, 2-4 page grant proposal, letter from the organization confirming its interest in your proposal. If you have questions, please contact the King Hall Legal Foundation.
UC Human Rights Fellowship
The California International Law Center at King Hall (CILC), UC Davis School of Law, is pleased to host the competition among UC Davis registered students for two University of California-funded fellowships with human rights organizations. The fellowship enables each student recipient to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with human rights organizations related to the student's area of study. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the work of human rights organizations while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students' areas of research or academic focus. The fellowship program welcomes multi-disciplinary approaches to human rights fieldwork. Students are encouraged to publish the results of their fieldwork. Preference will be given to graduate students and returning students. For examples of successful projects, please visit the CILC website, at http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/centers/cilc/human-rights-fellowship.html.http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/centers/cilc/fellowships.html
Currently enrolled UC Davis students
Application cover sheet, resume/curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation from faculty members, and a letter of support from the sponsoring governmental or non-governmental organization. All items must be submitted electronically by March 1, 2013 at 4 pm to the UC Davis Fellowship Coordinator Uyen Le at email@example.com. If you absolutely cannot submit your application by email, please submit five (5) complete copies of the application.
ABA Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law
Fellows will work on legal matters for a government agency or public interest organization in the fields of environmental, energy or resources law. Recipients will choose the state they wish to intern in, but will not be able to select where or in which organization they will be placed.http://www.abanet.org/environ/committees/lawstudents/fellowship_home.shtml
First and second year law students or third year night students from underrepresented or underserved groups, including for example, minority or low-income populations who wish to study and pursue careers in environmental law. It is generally preferred that you select the state where you are attending law school or have permanent residency status.
Applications and materials required for applying vary by state. Most states require an application form, resume, law school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a short essay describing your interest/reasons for wanting to participate.
For more information contact Noemí Alvarez, ABA Section Environment, Energy, and Resources, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: (312) 988-5625, Fax: (312) 988-5572, Noemi.Alvarez@americanbar.org
The Access to Justice Internship Program
The Access to Justice Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for law students to participate in an internship with non-profit providers of civil legal services located in areas without a local law school. The goals are to encourage more students to help address the civil legal problems of underserved individuals and communities, and to educate future attorneys about those problems. Each law student will receive hands-on training by working with accomplished lawyers and providing direct legal services to low-income clients, while learning about access to justice matters, legal decision-making, advocacy skills, attorney-client relationships, and legal institutions. Each supervising attorney will provide the law student with a variety of experiences and assignments, including significant research and writing.http://www.texasatj.org/Internship
Law students throughout the country. At least nine positions will be filled by Texas law school students. Participants must find their own placement.
Applications can be downloaded online and must be send by mail.
Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF) Internship Program
Internship candidates compete for assignments in organizations involved with habitat protection, advocacy, conservation biology, energy, policy implementation, marine conservation, environmental/resource management, and wildlife and endangered species protection.http://alaskaconservation.org/internships/
Students who are interested in preserving and protecting the environment
Application form online, resume, transcript/GPA, and two letters of recommendation (one should be academic)
Anapata Student Scholarship
Anapata is proud to announce the Anapata Scholars Program. Anapata will name each Anapata Scholar via the Anapata Diversity Scholarship Contest. Each Anapata Scholar will recieve a $1,000 scholarship and a featured profile on the Anapata network. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-approved law school in the United States. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Factors considered in the selection process include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills and a sincere interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.http://ms-jd.org/anapata-student-scholarship
Applicants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-approved law school in the United States.
Resume, transcript, personal introduction paragraph, two recommendations (2-3 sentences from peers, mentors, or employers), and an essay (max. 750 words). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your Anapata profile and a copy of your essay (in .pdf format).
Appleseed Foundation Legal Fellowships
Appleseed is seeking people with creativity and personal initiative who are interested in working on developing systemic responses to pressing local and national issues. Depending on the particular placement, fellows can expect to be involved in legal and community organizing, research and writing, factual investigation and to work with staff and volunteer attorneys as well as activists. Although the projects of each Appleseed Center vary, issues being addressed include housing, consumer protection, children's issues, public health/healthcare, electoral reform, juvenile justice, economic justice, educational reform, and corporate and government accountability. First year students are encouraged to apply for summer fellowships.http://www.appleseeds.net/GetInvolved/EmploymentOpportunities/LegalFellowships/tabid/152/Default.aspx
Send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship
Fellows will undertake their fieldwork between April 2013 and August 2013 in association with an established educational institution, international organization, or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to contribute to paying for logistics, housing and living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow's international law fieldwork and research in affiliation with the sponsoring organization.http://www.asil.org/helton-guidelines.cfm
Applicants must be current law students or have graduated from law school (at either the undergraduate or graduate levels) no earlier than December 2010.
Online application form, writing sample, resume or current CV, confirmation of student status/date of graduation, two letters of recommendation - one from sponsoring information
Asian American Law Fund of New York
Provide funding for students working with non-profit organizations serving New York's Asian American community on approved projects. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own projects. A list of organizations that have hosted students in the past is on website. The list is only provided as an example and no guarantee is made that the organizations will continue to host students in 2009 or that volunteering at one of these organizations entitles the applicant to a Scholarship.http://www.aabany.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=5
Application form, resume, essay, transcript, letter of recommendation, and description of other scholarships, grants or awards being used. Applicants should include a description of their proposed summer community service project and the name, email address and phone number of a supervisor at the organization.
Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF)
The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student's internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the Asian Pacific American community or the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large. Such organizations include governmental organizations and other non-profits serving the public interest.http://www.aefdc.org/
Currently enrolled law students
Application form (available online), essay, resume, transcripts and two letters of recommendation.
Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship (University of Michigan Law School)
Students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a 3 day training session in May at the University of Michigan Law School, Fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. Some advantage is given to students who have arranged their own summer placements and all or part of their summer living stipend. However, applicants should not be deterred if they have not identified their summer placement or source of summer money. Once accepted into the fellowship program, we will assist in placement and the search for funds.http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/calc/Bergstrom/Pages/summerfellowship.aspx
Law students with evidence of commitment to the field of children's law, past experiences related to children and family, and performance indicative of likely future success in the field.
Application form (available online), statement of interest, resume, and two reference letters.
Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program
The Koch Summer Fellow Program seeks to encourage the understanding and application of market-based solutions to social and economic problems, especially through public policy. Fellows gain real-world experience, take a crash course in market-based policy analysis, and acquire the professional skills necessary to effect change. Program includes week-long career and policy seminars and a weekly lecture on popular policy issues. Participating internship hosts include more than 80 think tanks and policy organizations across the United States. Interns work in state, federal, or single-issue policy internships matched with their interests.http://www.theihs.org/contentDetails.aspx?id=645
Undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students from all countries and studying in all majors are eligible.
Online application form which includes essay questions and transcript
Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program (Legal Aid Association of California)
Fellowship will be given to applicants who work for a rural program or on a rural issue. An applicant can address a rural issue while interning at an organization that is not in a rural location. Host Programs must be current Organizational Members of LAAC at the time of the student’s application.http://www.calegaladvocates.org/about/item.2412-LAAC_Recognizing_Excellence_in_the_Community
Application Forms A, B and C (available online), resume, personal statement, and at least two references
Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) sponsors a paid intern program during the summer, awarding summer intern fellowships in New Jersey public interest legal organizations to rising 2nd and 3rd year law students. The purpose of this program is to promote awareness of and commitment to careers in public interest law by offering rewarding employment opportunities to law students. In past years, students have been employed in Legal Services programs as well as other public interest entities, such as the Association for Children of New Jersey, the American Friends Service Committee, Community Health Law Project, and Jersey Battered Women's Service.http://www.lsnj.org/internprog.htm
Students who will have completed their first or second year of law school by summer.
Application form (available online), resume, and writing sample.
Diversity Clerkship Program, ABA Section of Business Law
Encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. Participants will be placed for a clerkship with a judge in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, or South Carolina. During the internship, there will be both substantive programming and networking opportunities.http://www.abanet.org/buslaw/students/clerkship.shtml
Completion of first or second year of law school at the start of internship, minority status, demonstrated financial need.
Application form online, resume, official undergraduate and law school transcripts, two letters of reference, an essay of 500 words or less (as described in the application), and a writing sample. Submit to: Leslie Archer, ABA Section of Business Law 18.1, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Pioneers Summer Graduate School Fellowship
Education Pioneers recruits and develops talented business, law, policy, and education graduate students with diverse professional backgrounds and helps them launch high-level education leadership careers through the 10-week summer Graduate School Fellowship.
The Graduate School Fellowship features high-impact work experience as a project consultant for a leading education organization, leadership development workshops that examine complex urban issues and deepen Fellow's understanding of the landscape, and access to a robust, nationwide network of industry experts and Alumni.http://www.educationpioneers.org/summergraduateschoolfellowship
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program. The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program engages law students around the country who are expanding the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2013 to provide 350 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issue areas.http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps
In order to participate in the Summer Corps program, you must be a current student at a 2011-12 Equal Justice Works member school and must graduate no earlier than December 2013.
Secure a qualifying placement with an organization. Design a project involving direct legal services and community outreach. Sign up for an account online and complete the application you receive by email.
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation
For the 19th consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2011, the Foundation will award several stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).
In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.” Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.http://www.fcba.org/foundation/internship_stipends.shtml
Applicants must secure an unpaid summer position (internship) for at least 8 weeks in communications with a government agency or entities with a connection to the communications industry.
Applications should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 325, Washington, D.C. 20036, by the deadline.
The Florida Bar Foundation Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program
Through the Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program (initiated in 1995), the Foundation provides summer fellowships to first-and second-year law students from accredited law schools throughout the nation. Each summer, law students are placed at eligible Foundation-funded legal assistance providers. The purposes of the fellowship program are to: involve law students in the provision of civil legal assistance to the poor in critical areas of need; provide an in-depth educational experience in representing the poor and working with individual clients and client groups in civil matters; increase law student interest in and awareness of the legal problems of the poor and the challenges and satisfactions of representing the poor; and promote commitment to pro bono representation of the poor.http://www.flabarfndn.org/grant-programs/lsa/summer-fellowship-program.aspx
Application form online
Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)
Grant is awarded to law students for projects that make governmental and social institutions and agencies more accessible and responsive to members of society whose interests are not otherwise adequately recognized or asserted. The WLALA Foundation is specifically interested in proposals that will produce some tangible materials or other “product,” such as information booklets, brochures, educational curriculum, and videos.http://www.wlala.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=66
Strong preference is given to applicants who have the support of a sponsoring organization, but the Grant is not intended to fund a summer
clerkship or externship at an organization. Projects must benefit residents of the greater Los Angeles area.
Submit application form (available online), contact information for three references, resume, two essays, two letters of recommendation, and budget description to:
Patricia A. Daza
Raines Feldman LLP
9720 Wilshire Boulevard, Fifth Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Tel.: (310) 734-0406
Fax: (310) 765-7730
Goldmark Equal Justice Internship (Legal Foundation of Washington)
The Legal Foundation of Washington sponsors 1-2 internships in a community based legal service program. Responsibilities will vary depending on organization which is selected by the foundation.http://www.legalfoundation.org/pages/goldmark_internship
2L law students through recent graduates; additional requirements will vary from year to year.
Application form and additional information online
The Google Policy Fellowship
The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. Students will work for 10 weeks over the summer of 2013.http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/faq.html#about
As long as you are enrolled in a college or university program as of January 1st, 2013, you are eligible to participate in the program.
Application available online. Transcripts must be available upon request.
Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships (National Lawyers Guild)
Law students, college students, or current legal workers may apply.
Applicants submit an application (available online) and a proposal including a letter of support from the host organization.
Humanity in Action Fellowship Program
Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the HIA Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to provide a forum where potential solutions to some of today's most challenging issues can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among HIA Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.http://www.humanityinaction.org/pages/91-main
Applicants to the Humanity in Action Fellowship must be currently enrolled undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors), or recent graduates (undergraduate classes of 2011 and 2012) at accredited, four-year undergraduate colleges or universities in the United States.
If you are a non-U.S. citizen studying at a university in the United States, you are eligible to apply to the Humanity in Action Fellowship through the U.S. office.
J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service
The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.http://www.jwsaxefund.org/index.php
Students engaged in public service work
Resume, essay describing short and long term goals including the need for funds, 3 letters of reference, at least one from a faculty member.
Janet Steiger Fellowship (ABA Section of Antitrust Law)
Each Fellowship is part of the Consumer Protection Outreach Initiative of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law. Students will be placed in the Consumer Protection Departments of each state office and more than 50% of each student's time will be devoted to consumer protection matters. The remainder of each student's time, at the option of each state, may be devoted to antitrust matters.
The states that will receive Steiger Fellows during the summer of 2013 are:
Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyominghttp://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/steiger_fellowship_project.html
Students who will have completed their first or second year of law school
Application form online, resume, statement of interest, writing sample, law school transcript
John Curtin Internship Program (American Bar Association, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty)
The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The fellowship is designed for students who spend summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The goal of the program is to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship.html
All law students are eligible; 1L’s are encouraged to apply
Cover letter, resume, application form and prospective program's supporting statement should be submitted to: Curtin Internship Program, ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 or email: Amy.HortonNewell@americanbar.org
Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, ABA Section of Litigation
To provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT. Legal research and writing for state or federal judges. Participating judges are from Illinois; Texas; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA: Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/judicial_intern_opportunity_program.html
1L or 2L minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students. 2L students can apply starting Nov. 1, 2012 and 1L students can apply starting Dec. 1, 2012
Application form, statement of interest, resume, legal writing sample; Intellectual Property Law applicants must submit a one page summary of qualifications.
Law Student Union Summer - AFL-CIO
Internship for first and second year law students that combines front-line labor related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in real, ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) affiliated unions in various regions of the country. In addition to legal research and writing LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.http://www.aflcio.org/Get-Involved/Union-Summer-Law-Student-Union-Summer
1L or 2L students and demonstrated interest in labor law
Application form online, cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, and references
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco Summer Clerkship
Assigned to one or two attorneys, students are primarily responsible for legal research and writing on current and potential cases. Assignments may include litigation memos, pleadings, and collaborative briefs and motions. In addition, tasks related to discovery and trial preparation may be assigned. The LAS-ELC interviews candidates in the San Francisco Bay area during the fall on campus recruitment process, applications from all interested students are gladly received.http://www.las-elc.org/about-clerkships.html
Preference for students who will have completed their second year of law school
The LAS–ELC interviews candidates in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York during the fall on-campus recruitment process organized by law schools. Applications from all interested students are welcome.
Cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, transcript, and 3 references. Send to:
The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, 180 Montgomery Street Suite 600 San Francisco, Ca 94104
Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program
Created to assist law students in gaining practical experience in the public sector and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice, while contributing valuable legal support to organizations serving the under-represented in Massachusetts. The internship must be at a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts that has been in operation for at least one year and has programs dedicated to providing civil legal services to the indigent in Massachusetts. Criminal law internships are not eligible.http://www.massbarfoundation.org/grant-programs/legal-intern-fellowship-program
All 1L and 2L students are eligible to apply, however, preference is given to current/future residents of Massachusetts.
Online application form, resume, official law school transcript, one letter of reference, organization supporting statement form, essay (see website). Mail application along with required documents to:
Legal Intern Fellowship Program
Massachusetts Bar Foundation
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111-0204
Please do not fax or email applications.
McCleary Law Fellows Program
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, is dedicated to ending discrimination, securing equal rights and protecting the health and safety of GLBT Americans. Law Fellows work with HRC attorneys, outside counsel with major national law firms, lobbyists, organizational allies and congressional and White House staff members on legislative, regulatory and internal corporate matters. Practice areas include constitutional, contract, criminal, education, employment, disability, family, benefits, tax, health care, immigration, intellectual property, media, military and real estate law. Fellows undertake projects involving sophisticated legal research and writing, analysis and drafting of legislation and administrative regulations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and national coalition work.http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/fellowships
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. candidates are eligible
Cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample (five pages or less), two references and law school transcript. Submit application materials to Ty Cobb, Senior Legislative Counsel, at email@example.com. Direct all questions to the same email.
New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program
The Law Department is perhaps the only public sector/public interest employer in the country to make offers of permanent employment to its summer interns based on their performance during the summer. Whether or not a law student is considering permanent employment with the Law Department, the Summer Honors Program offers a unique insider's view of City government.http://www.nyc.gov/html/law/html/careers/honors.shtml
1L and 2L
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript. Applicants are advised to discuss their division preferences in their cover letters. Applications are to be submitted through the online submition process.
New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
Available for law students working for government environmental agencies or a non-profit environmental organizations.http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Environmental_Law_Fellowships_and_Awards&Template=/CustomSource/Award/AwardDisplay.cfm&code=MS_ENVI_MINORITY
1L and 2L minority students. Open to New York residents who attend law school in another state.
Send application, resume, writing sample, transcript, and 2 letters of recommendation to
New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section, One Elk Street, Albany, NY, 12207
For more information email Lisa Bataille at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are available at:
The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowships
The mission of The Peggy Browning Fund is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers’ rights. More than 40 organizations participate including UNITE HERE Local 2 (San Francisco), United Mine Workers of American (Washington, DC) and Screen Actors Guild (New York).http://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/fellowship-application-form
Students who have completed one year of law of school; see individual mentor organizations for additional eligibility requirements.
Application form online, cover letter and resume. Applicants may apply to a maximum of 5 mentor organizations (listed on website).
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship
Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Summer Internships are available at Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the summer months for law students who are social justice oriented and desire an opportunity to make a difference.
Law students experience the real world of legal aid advocacy. PLAN seeks opportunities for MLK Interns to experience direct client contact, participate in court hearings (for those certified), administrative hearings, legal research and writing on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.http://www.palegalaid.net/services/special/mlk
1L or 2L minority students from any law school are eligible to apply.
A current law student (1L or 2L) may indicate their interest in serving as a MLK summer intern by sending a letter (expressing interest and preferences), resume and three (3) references to:
Cynthia G. Newcomer
Chief Administrative Officer
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Political Economy Research Center (PERC) Graduate Fellowship Program
PERC is seeking graduate or law students who are interested in natural resources and environmental issues and who show potential for research and writing in these areas. Participants will have the opportunity to spend 3 months with experts in the free market environmentalism movement and mentored by internationally known scholars who are working on natural resource and environmental research topics themselves. The program provides office space and support for completing a research project in an area of specific interest.http://perc.org/fellowships/graduate-fellows
Graduate or law students who are interested in natural resources and environmental issues and who show potential for research and writing in these areas. Preference is given to those who are working on a research paper, thesis, or dissertation on a natural resource or environmental topic. Law candidates most often are hoping to transform a paper they wrote for a class into a law review article.
Cover letter, resume, writing sample, one letter of reference, law transcript, description of proposed project(2-5 pages double spaced)
PRIDE Law Fund Fellowship
The Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowships support work of concern to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the public sector, on public policy or of a public service nature, work in the area of civil rights and education, and direct legal services. Awards are available for direct legal services and projects on issues of concern to individuals with HIV or AIDS under the Steven Richter Fellowship. In summer 2012, one of the Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowships will be co-sponsored by Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF),http://www.pridelawfund.org/pride_law_fund/summer_fellowships.html
The sponsoring organization must be an existing 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization or government agency with staff attorneys (or, in the case of the Richter Fellowship only, non-attorney staff) qualified, able and willing to supervise the project.
Submit application, resume, and cover letter. Application by email is strongly encouraged.
Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) of Chicago Summer Internship Program
The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students funding dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. The program is open to law students from across the country. PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at the agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational program. The program seeks to have law students work at and learn about legal institutions serving the public interest, and to engender a life-long participation in public interest law and pro bono work.http://www.pili-law.org/applyforsummerinternships.htm
1L and 2L. 2L students can start applying on October 15, 2012, and 1L students can start applying on December 1, 2012.
Must first register online. Registration is free. Cover letter and resume. Each agency has its own hiring practices. See website for additional application information.
QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program
The Public Interest Summer Grant Program is designed to encourage innovative new projects while developing the critical skills necessary for law students developing careers in the public interest. Students will design legal projects to be sponsored by a non-profit, government, or tribal organization. The sponsoring organizations will provide the student with legal supervision and administrative support over the course of the ten (10) week internship. Preference is given to applicants who (1) have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and (2) seek an internship in Washington State, currently attend a Washington State law school, or propose a project benefiting Washington State residents.http://www.q-law.org/summergrantprogram
Law students who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to the LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and seek an internship in Washington State.
Please submit a project statement, resume, list of references, and sponsor profile.
Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
Open to 1L students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.http://www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowship_in_civil_liberties/
First-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.
Proposal, no more than 2 pages, describing project, resume, letter of recommendation, and name of faculty or organization sponsor and send to: Robert Masur Fellowship, The Nation Institute, 116 East 16th Street, 8th Fl., New York, N.Y. 10003
The Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship
All fellows must work at a public interest “sponsoring” organization, subject to approval by the Fellowship. In the past, the Fellowship has approved organizations classified as 501(c)(3)s (by the IRS Code) and public defenders’ offices. The organization must be in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.http://www.takasugifellowship.com/
1L and 2L students
Cover letter, resume, three references, and answers to the questions listed on the "How to Apply" section of the Takasugi website.
San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association Public Interest Law Fellowship
Law students working with Bay Area community-based legal service providers to enhance the delivery of legal services to the Latino community. Fellowships will be awarded where there is a substantial Latino population in need of legal services. Priority will be given to fellowship applicants whose
projects meet at least one of the following objectives:
a. Projects to develop or expand legal services in the areas of housing, education, employment,
discrimination, immigration and naturalization.
b. Projects that develop materials and training to educate the Latino community about its legal
rights and to facilitate its access to the justice system and the courts.
c. Projects that provide training, referral, recruitment and mentoring to law students.
Law students with significant financial need.
Application form online, resume, letters of recommendation
SFLRLA & BALIF LGBT Public Interest Law Fellowship
The SFLRLA & BALIF LGBT Public Interest Law Fellowship is designed to provide financial assistance to law students working with Bay Area community-based legal service providers to enhance the delivery of legal services to the Latino Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community. Priority will be given to fellowship applicants who meet at least one of the following objectives:
a. Projects to develop or expand legal services in the areas affecting the LGBT community,
especially in the Latino community.
b. Projects that develop materials and training to educate the LGBT community about its legal
rights and to facilitate its access to the justice system and the courts.
c. Projects that provide training, referral, recruitment and mentoring to law students.
Application form online, resume, a description of the proposed project, letters of recommendation
South Asian Bar Association Foundation Public Interest Fellowship
The Foundation provides financial assistance for a law student working at a public agency. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization in either the South Asian community or the Northern California community-at-large.https://sites.google.com/a/southasianbar.org/southasianbar/saba-foundation/fellowships
Law students enrolled in a Northern California law school
Application packet (available online), essay responses, resume, transcirpts, and optional letters of recommendation.
South Asian Bar Association New York Fellowships
SABANY annually awards four fellowships to outstanding law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service so that they may spend their summer working unpaid in the New York area public interest sector. Fellowships are awarded to either law students of South Asian descent working in an unpaid legal internship or those spending at least six weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship focusing on the needs of the South Asian community.http://www.sabany.org/2012-fellowships
Law students of South Asian descent working in an unpaid legal internship or those spending at least ten weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship focusing on the needs of the South Asian community.
Applicant/employer information, job evaluation, personal statement, resume, and financial need information.
Email email@example.com for more information.
The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Thomas Steel Internship
The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2013 Thomas Steel Internship. The Thomas Steel intern will work closely with the NLGSF and will have the unique opportunity to conduct legal research, to outreach to the LGBT community, and to connect with partner organizations.http://www.nlgsf.org
Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 415-285-5066.
Williams Institute and Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowships
The Williams Institute Summer Fellowships provide a stipend to allow a current law student or recent law school graduate to work for a national lesbian and gay rights organization. Examples of eligible placements include the summer internship programs of Lambda Legal, ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, and similar national and local organization. During the fellowship, students work on research projects and assist with on-going lesbian and gay civil rights cases. These summer fellowships serve two critical functions advancing sexual orientation law. First, these fellowships provide an opportunity for talented law students to start a career in this important field and give students practical experience in working on gay rights cases. Gay legal organizations just do not have the funding to pay for summer help, so most students would not be able to work form them if these fellowships do not exist. Second, the fellowships directly advance the rights of lesbian and gay people. Because most gay legal organizations are short on staff and funds, they really need student help in the summer. Without these fellowships, organizations could not take on as many gay rights cases or help as many clients.http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/summer-fellowships/
Law students who have a strong academic record and have demonstrated their commitment to a career in sexual orientation law and public policy.
Cover letter addressing the selection criteria, resume, transcript, and application from website.
Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship
This year's essay topic asks applicants to explain their philosophy as a public interest attorney. How do you believe the law serves as a vehicle for social change? How could your desired public interest position/career impact an issue you believe is important?http://ms-jd.org/ms-jd-announces-our-2013-public-interest-scholarship
Students working or planning to work in public interest during summer. Includes unpaid judicial externs.
To apply, please send a resume, anticipated employer, other sources of funding, and essay on the aforementioned topic to Bence@ms-jd.org. Please include your Ms. JD user ID in your cover letter or in the plain text of your email.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Carole Bailey Scholarship
In commemoration of Carole’s longstanding commitment to public service and her tireless efforts in working with and providing assistance to the Bar Association, the Bar Association is pleased to award scholarships to law students with a demonstrated commitment to public service.http://cfcbar.org/carole-bailey-scholarship
Any student who is:
- enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association for the 2013/2014 academic year; and,
- able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service.
- An interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not necessary for an applicant to be selected.
An application must include:
- a curriculum vitae or résumé that contains the applicant’s current contact information, including email and phone number;
- the applicant’s most recent transcript (undergraduate, graduate or law school);
- a letter of recommendation from a professor or any other suitable person; and,
- an original essay written by the applicant alone. The essay is limited to no more than 500 words and should address any interests, experiences or other qualifications considered relevant by the applicant that demonstrate an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. For those applicants who have not yet begun law school, and who therefore cannot provide a law school transcript, please submit a copy of your letter of acceptance to law school and proof that you are enrolling in that school for the 2013/2014 academic year.
Bill Smith Memorial Summer Fellowship
Bill F. Smith (’98) was a Lambda alum who passed away 12 years ago and was active in LGBT and disability rights law. To honor Bill’s memory, this fellowship program consists of one grant awarded to eligible first and second year law students for otherwise unpaid summer legal work in the LGBT and/or disability rights arena.http://students.law.ucdavis.edu/lambda/Bill-Smith.html
to be eligible, you must:
1. Be a member of the Lambda Law Students Association, evidenced by attendance and/or participation at Lambda events.
2. Secure a position with a qualifying public interest organization as described in Section IV below.
- A 2-4 page grant proposal describing the summer work you have planned;
- Personal Statement. No more than 2 pages in length describing your interest and/or commitment to: a) LGBT issues and b) the issues addressed in your grant proposal as well as any training or skills needed to complete the project successfully; and
- Sponsoring Organization Approval. A letter from the sponsoring organization confirming its interest in and support for your project proposal. Ask the organization not to include your name on this letter, but to refer to you as “the grant applicant.”
- Optional: You may attach a “Statement of Financial Need” describing your financial need the Bill Smith Grant. If included, it must not exceed 200 words.
- Reporting Requirements. Grantee must be willing to communicate the impact of their summer project to the Lambda Board in Fall 2013. This function serves as an informal grant report.