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Summer Funding Resources for Work in Any Geographic Location

NOTE:This list is updated on a rolling basis as information becomes available. Each entry includes the date on which a PSJD employee most recently checked for newer information. Outdated information up to one academic year old is left online to allow readers to plan ahead for the coming year's likely deadlines, but dates are crossed out. If you would like to update or add information from your organization, please email us at psjd@nalp.org.

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** This list includes outside funding sources for students working in unpaid public interest summer positions as well as summer internship programs at organizations that hire a set number of paid interns/fellows each summer. Please be sure to check PSJD regularly for other current paid and unpaid summer internships.

** PSJD would like to thank the following member schools for their assistance in the creation of this list of summer funding sources: American University, Washington College of Law;Boston College Law School; City University of New York Law School; Loyola University Chicago School of Law; New York University School of Law; Stanford Law School; University of California at Davis School of Law; University of San Francisco School of Law; University of Virginia School of Law; and William and Mary School of Law.

JANUARY DEADLINES

Title:
Just The Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Externship Program
Deadline:
1/5/2015
Amount:
?
Brief Summary:
For law students in the pipeline towards a legal profession, Just The Beginning Foundation offers resources and opportunities to assist students by exposing them to various legal opportunies (externships), helping to build resumes and assisting them in making the way through the job market and to the job that best suits them. Students must be available to work 35 hours per week during the Summer Externship period.
Contact:
programs@jtbf.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, ABA Section of Litigation
Deadline:
1/9/2015
Amount:
$1,500 (6 weeks)
Brief Summary:
The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is 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.
Contact:
Contact: Gail Howard, Program Director Phone: 312-988-6348 Email: gail.howard@americanbar.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice
Deadline:
1/12/2015
Amount:
$2,000
Brief Summary:
The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the National Lawyers Guild’s tradition of “peoples’ lawyering.” The program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to challenge traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them. Fellowships may be completed with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups. We encourage applicants to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. This could be a small non-profit, a short-staffed community law firm, or an organizing campaign that needs legal assistance. The Haywood Burns Fellowships usually provide a rigorous legal experience as well as a political one.
Contact:
National Lawyers Guild, National Office 132 Nassau Street, Suite 922 New York, NY 10038 Phone: 212-679-5100 E-mail: membership@nlg.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship
Deadline:
1/16/2015
Amount:
$5,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary:
The Peggy Browning Fund will support between 60 and 70 funded Summer Fellowships in labor-related organizations throughout the United States, plus one part-time funded school-year fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2014-2015. Only students from certain law schools are eligible to participate. See website or visit your career services/public interest office to determine if you are attending an eligible law school.
Contact:
1818 Market Street, Suite 2300 Philadelphia, PA 19103 Contact: Mary Anne Moffa Phone: 215-665- 6815 Fax: 215-564-2262 Email: mmoffa@peggybrowningfund.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer (1Ls)
Deadline:
1/16/2015
Amount:
$6,000
Brief Summary:
First- or second-year student at an accredited law school. Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills. Demonstrated interest in labor-related public interest law. Preferred: Successful completion of labor law courses; experience in organizing and activism with community, political, campus or other social justice organizations. Available for placement at the location assigned and able to complete the entire 10-week program, from May 26, 2015, through July 31, 2015.
Contact:
Submit by email (preferred) or regular mail to: AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 Phone: 202-637-5397 Email: lsus@aflcio.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program
Deadline:
1/19/2015
Amount:
$2,000
Brief Summary:
Due to administrative constraints, only the first 50 completed applications, submitted on-line, and received in full by the submission deadline will be reviewed. A notice that the application process has closed will be posted on the Helton Fellowship page once 50 completed applications have been received. Incomplete applications and those received after January 19, 2015 or after the notice of 50 completed applications has been posted will not be reviewed under any circumstances.
Contact:
See website for application form. The American Society of International Law 2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20008 Contact: Veronica Onorevole Phone: 856-380-6810 Fax: 202-797-7133 E-mail: fellowship@asil.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014

FEBRUARY DEADLINES

Title:
Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship
Deadline:
2/17/2014
Amount:
$1,500 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary:
The Michael Maggio Fellowship will support one law student's work on an immigration related, student-initiated project. Project proposal must include a collaborative plan with the host organization or through other means to match the Fellowship award in the amount of $1,500. (Student will receive total funding of $4,000.) Established by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Contact:
Contact: Dan Kesselbrenner - Executive Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild Email: dan@nationalimmigrationproject.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Chadbourne & Parke Middle East-North Africa (MENA) Fellowship
Deadline:
2/21/2014
Amount:
$4,000
Brief Summary:
Fellows receive a grant of $4,000 to fund a summer internship with a non-profit organization that assists in efforts to strengthen community relations, further education or healthcare, or foster economic, social or political reform in the MENA region. Must be a J.D. or LL.M. students in the class of 2015 & 2016. The organization can be local or international and the Fellow's work must be legal in nature. The organization cannot be governmental or intergovernmental. Submit a copy of your resume, transcript and a 500-1000 word statement describing the intersection of your interests in public interest work and the MENA region to Monika Klosiewicz, the Legal Recruiting Coordinator, at the email listed above. Please also describe the role of these interests in your future work as an attorney, and how your summer internship would further those goals.
Contact:
For more information, view the Chadbourne & Parke MENA Fellowship listing on PSJD's Job Database.
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship
Deadline:
2/9/2015
Amount:
living expenses + $600 travel expenses
Brief Summary:
The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at Michigan Law, fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements.
Contact:
For more information, contact Alicia Lixey at 734.763.6750 or lixey@umich.edu.?
Last Checked On:
11/2014

MARCH DEADLINES

Title:
Property and Environment Research Center for Graduate Fellowship Program
Deadline:
3/1/2014
Amount:
$1,800 + travel expenses
Brief Summary:
PERC's fellowships for graduate students and law students offer the ideal opportunity for those who are interested in researching issues related to natural resources and the environment. Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the supervision of a PERC senior fellow. While at PERC, fellows are required to present two workshops to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result.
Contact:
2048 Analysis Drive, Suite A Bozeman, MT 59718 Phone: 406-587-9591 E-mail: perc@perc.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program
Deadline:
3/14/2014
Amount:
varies; up to $5,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary:
The GLBT Bar Association of Washington (“QLaw”) will sponsor summer internships for law students seeking low or unpaid summer internships serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community or people with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply. 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. will design legal projects to be sponsored by a non-profit, government, or tribal Students organization. The sponsoring organizations will provide the student with legal supervision and administrative support over the course of the ten (10) week internship.
Contact:
Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC 1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100 Contact: Cynthia Buhr Phone: 206-328-8048 Fax: 866-592-8490 Seattle, Washington 98101 E-mail: summergrant@q-law.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color
Deadline:
3/14/2014
Amount:
$7,500
Brief Summary:
Fellowships will provide first year law students of color with financial awards, to help cover expenses from working in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school. Eligibility: An applicant must be a full-time, currently-enrolled first year student of color who is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA-accredited law school.
Contact:
Contact: Ashley B. Nelson, Legal Recruitment Manager E-mail: fellowships@goodwinprocter.com
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Williams Institute and Gleason Kettel Summer Law Fellowship
Deadline:
3/28/2014
Amount:
$5,000
Brief Summary:
$5,000 stipend to spend the summer working with an organization, scholar, or research center, focused on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.
Contact:
337 Charles E. Young Drive East UCLA School of Law, 385 Los Angeles, CA 90095
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty / John J. Curtin, Jr. Legal Internship
Deadline:
3/20/2015
Amount:
$2,500
Brief Summary:
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 Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the 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 Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice.
Contact:
Applicants must submit an application (see website) to: The Curtin Internship Program American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 or Email: Amy.HortonNewell@americanbar.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships
Deadline:
3/23/2015
Amount:
varies; up to $4,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary:
Equal Justice America has sponsored fellowships for more than 3,250 law students to work with over 400 legal services organizations across the country. Interning under the supervision of experienced attorneys, our fellowship recipients have provided crucial assistance to low-income clients struggling through the complexities of our civil justice system.
Contact:
Everything should be addressed and sent to: Dan Ruben Executive Director Equal Justice America 13540 East Boundary Road Building II, Suite 204 Midlothian, VA 23112
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship
Deadline:
3/31/2014
Amount:
$5,000
Brief Summary:
Each year, the Program awards fellowships to exceptional first- and second-year law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. These law students commit their summers to advancing public policy issues through non-profit institutions, government agencies and domestic or international organizations.
Contact:
Last Checked On:
12/2014

APRIL DEADLINES

Title:
Pride Law Fund Fellowship
Deadline:
4/1/2014
Amount:
varies; up to $5,000
Brief Summary:
Each summer, PLF provides grants to law students doing internships at LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations across the country. The Steven Richter Fellowship specifically funds a law student doing a summer internship focusing on HIV/AIDS advocacy.
Contact:
Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship P.O. Box 2602 San Francisco, CA 95126-2602 Phone: 415-788-0900 Email: info@PrideLawFund.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund
Deadline:
4/1/2014
Amount:
varies; up to $2,000
Brief Summary:
The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund is a prize, typically up to two thousand dollars awarded annually based on need, to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service. The award enables students 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 to applicants who have already identified a position or project, but who require additional funds.
Contact:
All inquiries should be addressed to Travis Lovett, Director of CPIC at info@jwsaxefund.org.
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation/ Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund
Deadline:
4/1/2014
Amount:
$5,000
Brief Summary:
For the 21st consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).
Contact:
Applications for internship funding should be submitted to Kerry Loughney, FCBA Foundation, 1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20036 or kerry@fcba.org.
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
NASABA Public Interest Summer Fellowship
Deadline:
4/1/2014
Amount:
varies; up to $3,000
Brief Summary:
This funding will enable two law students to work full-time at a public interest legal organization during the summer of 2014. The goal of this fellowship is to support the commitment of South Asian American legal professionals in the public interest arena. Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at a U.S.-based law school Priority will be given to applicants of South Asian descent, but all applicants are encouraged to apply The summer internship that the applicant has secured must be unpaid, however, applicants may apply for other sources of funding in addition to applying for the SABA North America Public Interest Summer Fellowship The applicant’s competency, character, and demonstrated commitment to social justice and public service will be considered in the selection process Priority will be given to applicants with internships that focus on the needs of the South Asian community Applicant must be committed to a career in public interest law
Contact:
Please submit your application as one single PDF document to the following email address: nasabafellowship@gmail.com.
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties, The Nation Institute
Deadline:
4/15/2014
Amount:
?
Brief Summary:
The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) 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.
Contact:
For more information, email annelise@nationinstitute.org.
Last Checked On:
11/2014

MAY DEADLINES

Title:
Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship
Deadline:
5/23/2014
Amount:
$500
Brief Summary:
Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.
Contact:
In addition to posting your response, please send a resume, your anticipated employer, and any other sources of summer funding you will be receiving to publicinterest@ms-jd.org. Please include your Ms. JD user ID in either a cover letter or in the plain text of your email.
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program
Deadline:
5/2/2015
Amount:
$1,175 education award voucher
Brief Summary:
Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 711 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 education award voucher for spending the summer in a qualifying internship at a non-profit, public interest organization. In order to participate in AmeriCorps JD, you must be a current student at an Equal Justice Works member school. To participate in AmeriCorps JD, you must be a current law student with a placement at a qualifying organization. You must not receive compensation more than $4,300 for the same service and you must not receive school credit for the same service. All participants are required to undergo a fingerprint-based background check at Equal Justice Works expense. In order to be eligible for AmeriCorps JD, a student must have secured a placement with a host organization prior to submitting an application. AmeriCorps JD members must serve in the United States at a qualifying organization.
Contact:
If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please send an email to AmeriCorpsJD@EqualJusticeWorks.org.
Last Checked On:
11/2014

OCTOBER DEADLINES

Title:
AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer (2Ls)
Deadline:
10/17/2014
Amount:
$6,000
Brief Summary:
First- or second-year student at an accredited law school. Excellent research, writing and oral communication skills. Demonstrated interest in labor-related public interest law. Preferred: Successful completion of labor law courses; experience in organizing and activism with community, political, campus or other social justice organizations. Available for placement at the location assigned and able to complete the entire 10-week program, from May 26, 2015, through July 31, 2015.
Contact:
Submit by email (preferred) or regular mail to: AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 Phone: 202-637-5397 Email: lsus@aflcio.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014

DECEMBER DEADLINES

Title:
Diversity Clerkship Program, ABA Section of Business Law
Deadline:
12/26/2014
Amount:
$6,000
Brief Summary:
Encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. During the internship, there will be both substantive programming and networking opportunities. To be eligible, students must have completed their first or second year of law school at the start of internship.
Contact:
Contact: Lauren Shores Email: lauren.shores@americanbar.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Blakemore Foundation - Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
Deadline:
12/30/2014
Amount:
?
Brief Summary:
Language scholarships are awarded for study of the following modern languages of East and Southeast Asia. The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.
Contact:
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800 Seattle, WA 98101-3266 Phone: 206-359- 8778 Fax: 206-359-9778 Email: blakemore@perkinscoie.com
Last Checked On:
11/2014

ROLLING DEADLINES

Title:
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) / AABA Law Foundation
Deadline:
Rolling
Amount:
$2,000
Brief Summary:
The AABA offers one $2000 scholarship to a qualified summer law clerk to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community.
Contact:
P.O. Box 190517 San Francisco, CA 94119
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Google Policy Fellowship
Deadline:
Rolling
Amount:
$7,500 (10-12 weeks)
Brief Summary:
The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more. Please see individual host organizations for more information about the program timeline.
Contact:
You can reach Google Policy Fellowship team at policyfellows@google.com.
Last Checked On:
11/2014

DECEMBER DEADLINES

Title:
Diversity Clerkship Program, ABA Section of Business Law
Deadline:
12/26/2014
Amount:
$6,000
Brief Summary:
Encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. During the internship, there will be both substantive programming and networking opportunities. To be eligible, students must have completed their first or second year of law school at the start of internship.
Contact:
Contact: Lauren Shores Email: lauren.shores@americanbar.org
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Blakemore Foundation - Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
Deadline:
12/30/2014
Amount:
?
Brief Summary:
Language scholarships are awarded for study of the following modern languages of East and Southeast Asia. The Blakemore Foundation makes grants for study only at specific language programs. Please refer to the current list of approved programs.
Contact:
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800 Seattle, WA 98101-3266 Phone: 206-359- 8778 Fax: 206-359-9778 Email: blakemore@perkinscoie.com
Last Checked On:
11/2014

ROLLING DEADLINES

Title:
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) / AABA Law Foundation
Deadline:
Rolling
Amount:
$2,000
Brief Summary:
The AABA offers one $2000 scholarship to a qualified summer law clerk to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community.
Contact:
P.O. Box 190517 San Francisco, CA 94119
Last Checked On:
11/2014
Title:
Google Policy Fellowship
Deadline:
Rolling
Amount:
$7,500 (10-12 weeks)
Brief Summary:
The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more. Please see individual host organizations for more information about the program timeline.
Contact:
You can reach Google Policy Fellowship team at policyfellows@google.com.
Last Checked On:
11/2014

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