Summer Funding Resources for Work in Specific Geographical Regions
Asian American Law Fund of New York - Community Service Scholarships
c/o Sylvia Fung Chin, Esq.
White & Case LLP
1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Contact: Sylvia Fung Chin
- Pay: $5,000 scholarship.
- 2013 Deadline: April 1, 2013.
- AALF of NY will fund up to three scholarships of $5,000 each. Each student is expected to volunteer at least 8 weeks, 35 hours per week, during the summer of 2012 at such project and to apply the award to the payment of law school tuition.
- Projects must be with non-profit organizations and must serve New York's Asian American community. Proposed projects for the summer of 2012 are included with the application. Applicants may propose their own projects. A proposed project should involve legal work and have a supervising attorney.
- Applications and further information can be found here.
National Association for Law Placement/PSJD
1220 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-2405
Contact: Ashley Matthews, PSJD Fellow
Website: www.nalp.org; www.psjd.org
- 2013 Deadline: April 15, 2013.
- PSJD Project Assistants update and manage website, database and social media content.
- Hourly rate is $13 per hour for a minimum of 8-10 hours per week
- Must be current law/grad student with familiarity with public interest law/organizations
- Ideal opportunity law/grad students who desire to supplement their income while interning or clerking in Washington, DC this summer.
Southern District of Texas Black Fellowship Grants
Federal Bar Foundation, Southern District of Texas
c/o Amy Johnson
P.O. Box 17145
Sugar Land, TX 77496-7145
- Pay: Grants of up to $2,000 are available for a limited number of law students who serve as interns for a minimum of six weeks during the summer of 2012 in a federal court or agency.
- 2013 Deadline: April 29, 2013.
- Interns must work in the offices of any Southern District of Texas courts or agencies located within the Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen, or Victoria Divisions: U.S. District Court; U.S. Bankruptcy Court; U.S. Magistrate Judges; U.S. Trustee; FBI; Federal Public Defender; U.S. Attorney; EEOC; U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; U.S. Customs Service.
- Eligibility requirements: full-time student at any accredited U.S. law school; U.S. citizen; completion of at least 30 hours of course work by June 1, 2013; GPA which ranks in the top half of law school class (measured at time of application); have secured or will secure an internship with one of the courts or agencies listed above.
- To apply, send resume and a cover letter describing your interest in federal public service and any special circumstances you would like considered.
- The applicant must provide a letter to the Federal Bar Association from one of the participating agencies or courts stating that the recipient has been accepted for a summer internship.
- For more information, you can find the updated flyer on their website http://www.fedbar.org/Chapters/Southern-District-of-Texas-Chapter/Blask-Fellowship-Grant.aspx.
- Pay: Stipends are generally $2,500 for 10 weeks or 400 total hours.
- 2013 Deadline: May 1, 2013.
- AEF awards summer fellowships each year to law students from around the nation. The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community. Such organizations include governmental organizations and other non-profits serving the public interest. The internship must be unpaid (except for nominal payment for such items as transportation), arranged by the student, extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours, and be based in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.
- Students must secure sponsorship, then apply to AEF for funding.
- Application materials and information are available on the Fund's website, at law schools, or from AEF, http://www.aefdc.org/.
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Silicon Valley - Charity Foundation Scholarship
White & Case LLP
3000 El Camino Real 5 Palo Alto Square, 9th Floor
Palo Alto, California 94306
Contact: Bijal V. Vakil
- Pay: Up to three scholarships of $3,000 each.
- 2013 deadline: Applications must be received on March 31, 2013.
- APBA will award up to four scholarships of $3,000 each to recognize law students in the Bay Area who have overcome personal hardships or challenges, shown excellence and acheivement in law school; or demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian Pacific American community.
- For more information, please visit http://apabasv.com/events/.
- Pay: $7,500 stipend for 10 weeks for the summer (June - August) spent with a host organization.
- 2013 Deadline: March 15, 2013. Applications must be completed online here.
- 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 trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.
- Check the Google Policy Fellowship website for future host programs for the internship.
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Foundation Fellowship - Washington, DC
P.O. Box 1011
Washington, DC 20013-1011
- Pay: Stipend may be up to $5,000.
- 2013 Deadline: March 29, 2013.
- Funds two fellowships for first and second year law students to work in a non-profit legal services agency in Washington, D.C.
- Students must secure sponsorship on their own, then apply to the HBA-DC for funding.
- For application procedures, see http://www.hbadc.org/?page=foundation.
- Click here for application.
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Foundation National Council of La Raza/Patton Boggs Fellowship
P.O. Box 1011
Washington, DC 20013-1011
E-mail: Linda M. Estrada, email@example.com
- Pay: $10,000 stipend for minimum of 8 weeks with a sponsoring organization.
- 2013 Deadline: March 29, 2013.
- Funds a first-year Latino/a law student working for the summer in a not-for-profit or governmental public interest legal position in Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Dallas, TX; or Anchorage, AK.
- For more information, see http://www.hbadc.org/?page=foundation.
- For application, click here.
Legal Aid Association of California, Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program
47 Kearny Street, Suite 705
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-834 -0100
- Pay: $3,500 Stipend.
- 2013 Deadline: March 29, 2013.
- Fellows must work a minimum of ten full time weeks at one of the LAAC member organizations and will receive a stipend of $3,500.
- Applicants must have a strong interest in working to defend and expand the legal rights of the poor and disadvantaged. People of color and students from low-income or working class backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
- For more information, see: http://www.laaconline.org/2013DanBradleyFellowship
Massachusetts Bar Foundation - Legal Intern Fellowship Program
Massachusetts Bar Foundation
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
- Pay: Stipends have a maximum amount of $6,000. Students may receive funding from other sources to finance the internship.
- 2013 Deadline: March 15, 2013.
- Offers approximately 6 stipends to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.
- Students must work 10 weeks.
- To apply, students must submit a resume, an official law school transcript, one letter of reference, applicant information form, essay (details on applicant information form), and an organization supporting statement form. Applications may be obtained on-line. For the 2013 application, see http://www.massbarfoundation.org/grant-programs/legal-intern-fellowship-program.
Robert M. Takasugi Summer Fellowship Program (California)
c/o Edwin Prather
Clarence & Dyer LLP
899 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
- Pay: The Fellowship funds one or more summer law fellows in amounts up to $5,000.
- 2013 Deadline: March 15, 2013.
- The Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship was established to honor the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi (C.D. Cal.) for his service on the federal bench and a lifetime of community activism and leadership. The Fellowship encourages future generations of attorneys to embrace the qualities of selfless struggle, courage, intellect, and compassion that Judge Takasugi has exemplified through his many years as a state and federal judge, and as a member of the bar.
- 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. The fellows must work at a sponsoring organization for at least ten weeks during the summer of 2013.
- Applications are available at http://www.takasugifellowship.com/.
- 2013 Deadline: By 5:00pm on March 15, 2013.
- SABANY annually awards four fellowships of $2000 - $4,000 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 first- and second-year law students either 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.
- To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must be a first or second year law student either (i) of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2012 in an unpaid legal internship in New York State, or (ii) who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship in New York State which specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community.
- Applications are available on the SABANY website or via request at SabanyFellowship@gmail.com.
South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C. Public Interest Fellowship
c/o Mr. Padma Shah
South Asian Bar Association of Washington D.C.
P.O. BOX 65349
Washington, DC 20035
- 2013 Deadline: March 29, 2013.
- SABA-DC provides financial assistance in the form of summer fellowships to law students working at public interest organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to help fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization for the benefit of the South Asian community and the metropolitan D.C. area. The number of Fellowships awarded, as well as the amount of each grant, will be determined by the SABA-DC Fellowship Committee and is based on SABA-DC’s fundraising efforts and the number of quality applicants it receives. SABA-DC will be sponsoring up to four fellowship grants in 2013, at $2500-$5000 a recipient..
- Applications are available here.
- We prefer applications sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WLALA Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
c/o Bet Tzedek
145 South Fairfax Ave, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Contact: Patricia Daza
Weston & McElvain LLP
888 W. 6th Street, 15th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 596-8006
- Pay: The maximum stipend/grant amount is $5,000.
- 2013 Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2013.
- The Foundation will make grants to law students for projects that make governmental and social services agencies more accessible and responsive to individuals or groups whose needs are not adequately met. The Foundation is interested only in proposals that will produce some tangible program, such as information booklets, brochures, educational curriculum and videotapes.
- Projects must benefit residents of Southern California.
- Application available at: http://www.wlala.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=66
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fellowships in Environmental Law
Contact: Noemi Alvarez, Administrative Assistant
- The ABA Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law will not be offered for the summer of 2013.
- The program will be going through a review process in the effort to enhance the program. We would like to thank all past not-for-profit organizations representing traditionally underserved groups, other not-for-profit environmental organizations, and local, state and federal governmental organizations which provided placements for our past summer Fellowship recipients. Without their assistance, this program would not have been possible.
- Additional information regarding future fellowship opportunities will be posted as information becomes available.
- For more information, visit the ABA website.
- ACF provides a stipend of $4,500 for the 12-week internship. This amount is provided directly to the host organization and it is in turn paid to the intern as taxable salary. ACF will also reimburse the cost of lowest cost, round trip airfare to and from the host site, up to $1,000 and booked a minimum of two weeks prior to departure.
- 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.
- 2013 Deadline: Application process opens on February 1, 2013. All 3-month internship applications are due and must be received by midnight (Alaska time) on February 29, 2013. Application due date for 6-month internships a is currently unavailable.
- For more information, visit the Alaska Conservation website.
Charles H. Revson Law Students Public Interest Fellowship Program (LSPIN) - New York City Metropolitan Area
Public Interest Law Center
New York University School of Law
245 Sullivan Street, Room 430
New York, NY 10012
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pay: $4,500 stipend.
- 2013 Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
- Students must work full time (35 hours per week) for ten weeks.
- Pay: Stipend is $7,000.
- 2013 Deadline: December 12, 2012.
- The program places Fellows with top education organizations, including school districts, charter school organizations and nonprofits. The Fellowship offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a significant contribution in 10 weeks, connect with a robust, nationwide network and launch a high-impact career in education.
- For more information and application materials, see http://www.educationpioneers.org/summergraduateschoolfellowship.
- Pay: Up to $1,000 stipend.
- 2012 Deadline: May 15, 2012. Applicants will be notified of the Fund's decision in late May or June.
- Commitment to work at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks at the organization during the summer of 2012.
- Funds fellows who work at DC-area LGBT legal non-profit organizations.
Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Summer Internship
Legal Foundation of Washington
1325 Fourth Ave, Suite 1335
Seattle, WA 98101-2509
- Pay: $8,000 stipend.
- A ten-week internship to be scheduled between May and August 2011 at the convenience of the intern and the program.
- 2013 Deadline: October 12, 2012 by 5:00pm.
Janet Steiger Fellowship
ABA Section of Antitrust Law
321 North Clark
Chicago, IL 60610-4714
Email: Deborah Morgan - Deborah.Morgan@americanbar.org
- Pay: $5,000 stipend. Please note that the Project in its discretion is able to provide Steiger Fellows with limited funds (up to $2000) for both travel and housing where a clear need is demonstrated.
- 2013 Deadline: October 19, 2012.
- Full-time, eight week minimum, summer fellowship program open to all first and second year law students. Through a working partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General, students will work in the consumer protection departments of the offices of state attorneys general. The following states are selected to receive a Steiger Fellow for the summer of 2010: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
- Applicants must submit an application form; resume; writing sample; and, statement of interest. The application form is available at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/steiger_fellowship_project.html.
James B. McMillan Legal Fellowships
Mecklenberg County Bar Center
438 Queens Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
- Pay: $3,000 stipend.
- 2013 Deadline: March 1, 2013, at 5:00pm.
- A law student must apply through a sponsoring agency that indicates an interest in employing the law student. See website.
- A law student must show commitment to public interest service in the legal profession.
- The Fund Committee will look favorably on students:
- who have lived in Mecklenberg County;
- who intend to practice law in Mecklenberg County;
- who reflect the cultural diversity of North Carolina and Mecklenberg County;
- whose law school and life experiences reflect a desire to have a positive impact on the lives of others as their lives are affected by the legal system and its administration;
- who have demonstrated good character and suitable academic performance in law school;
- who have submitted a joint application with a not-for-profit or governmental agency based in Mecklenberg County.
- Applications may be sent by mail or fax addressed to McMillan Fellowship or by e-mail (subject line: McMillan Fellowship).
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco Summer Clerkship
1800 Montgomery Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
- LAS-ELC will match summer grants in amounts up to $3,200. Summer positions are full-time for 10 - 11 weeks.
- Eligibility: Preference for students who will have completed their second year of law school
- 2013 Deadline: Updated deadline is currently unavailable.
- For more information, visit http://www.las-elc.org/about-clerkships.html
McCleary Law Fellows Program
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278
- Stipend varies/11 weeks
- 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.
- 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. candidates are eligible
- To apply, send 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.
- 2013 Deadline: January 1, 2013 for 2Ls, February 5, 2013 for 1Ls
- For more information, visit: http://www.hrc.org/the-hrc-story/fellowships
New Jersey Summer Public Interest Legal Intern Program
PO Box 1357
Edison, NJ 08810-1357
Contact: Deborah T. Poritz
- Pay: Interns are paid at a rate of $550 per week for rising 2nd year students and $750 per week for rising 3rd year students.
- 2012 Deadline: Applications will become available on November 15, 2011. All applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
- The program places law students in public interest legal organizations in New Jersey. Students must apply directly to Legal Services of New Jersey, which will refer prospective candidates to participating employers for final selection. Every year, over 20 public interest and government organizations in New Jersey participate in the program.
- Program requires 10 weeks of work.
New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
New York State Bar Association
Environmental Law Section
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Contact: Lisa Bataille
- Pay: Recipient will receive a $6,000 stipend for a minimum of ten weeks of summer employment.
- 2013 Deadline: November 16, 2012.
- For more information, see NYSBA's website.
- Law students are eligible for consideration if they are enrolled in a law school in New York State or are permanent New York State residents enrolled in a law school in another state.
- The winner of the fellowship must find his/her own placement.
Oregon State Bar - New Tax Lawyer Committee Public Interest Stipend
Oregon State Bar
Taxation Law Section
Contact: Kate Jones
- Pay: Recipient will receive a stipend in the amount of $4,500 ($1,600 per month) for 12 weeks (13 weeks for the Oregon Tax Court) of summer employment.
- 2012 Deadline: January 2, 2012.
- The OSB Taxation Section and the New Tax Lawyer Committee (NTLC) seek to advance public service efforts in tax law through funding a public interest stipend for J.D. and LL.M students interested in public service with a focus in tax law.
- This Section will prioritize applicants who intend to practice law in Oregon and become active members in the OSB Taxation Section upon completion of their J.D. and LL.M degrees.
- For more information, see http://osbartax.com/Public-Service-Stipend.
Pennsylvania Legal Aid, Inc. - Martin Luther King Internship and Fellowship Program
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101- 1414
Contact: Cynthia Newcomer, Chief Administrative Officer
Phone: 800-322-7572, ext. 216
- 2012 Deadline: Summer internship: January 31, 2012. Fellowships: December 31, 2011.
- Martin Luther King (MLK) Interns are assigned to local legal service programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Interns are selected and assigned by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hiring and Training Committee.
- The Hiring Committee will assign selected interns to local legal service agencies.
- Salary and benefits are determined by the host program.
- Minority law students from any law school are invited to apply.
- For more information, see http://www.palegalaid.net/mlk_program.htm
Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) of Chicago Summer Internship Program - Chicago
c/o Foley and Lardner
321 North Clark Street, 28th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60610-4764
Contact: Sheila Simhan, Program Manager
Phone: 312-832- 5128
- Pay: $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time employment for ten weeks.
- 2013 Deadline: Beginning on October 15, 2012 for 2Ls and December 1, 2012 for 1Ls, the application period for summer of 2010 will open. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through March 2013.
- PILI recruits law students from across the nation for summer internships with public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area.
- For more information about participating public interest law agencies in the Chicago area, and for application materials, please see http://www.pili-law.org/internships.htm
- Applicants should be first or second year law students.
Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Policy
Suffolk University School of Law
Career Development Office
120 Tremont Street, Suite 110
Boston, MA 02108-4977
- Pay: Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time employment.
- 2013 Deadline: January 17, 2013.
- A total of twelve Rappaport fellows are selected each year from the six law schools in the Greater Boston region: Boston College, Boston University, Suffolk, Harvard, New England, and Northeastern.
- The program includes year-round components, including educational programming in public interest law and public policy, participating in a mentoring program, and completing a paper on a public policy issue at the close of the fellowship.
- For more information visit: http://www.rappaportcenter.org/fellows/.
- Scholarships are awarded up to $5,000.
- Eligibility: Law students and recent law graduates interested in summer employment with Bay Area nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community.
- Application requires a project description, statement of qualifications and need, and a letter of recommendation.
- 2012 Deadline: February 20, 2013
- For more information, visit: http://www.larazalawyers.org/lavoz3.php
San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (SFLRLA) & Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) Public Interest Law Fellowship
P.O. Box 192241
San Francisco, CA 94119
- 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.
- Up to $5,000
- 2012 Deadline: February 20, 2012.
- For more information, visit: http://www.larazalawyers.org/lavoz3.php
- Pay: Living stipend is $4,500 for law students.
- 2013 Deadline: March 1, 2013
- Interns work for 8 weeks at an organization concerned with equity and excellence in education.
- Read more and access application here: http://southerneducation.org/News-and-Events/Newsroom/Press-Releases/Sample-SELI/Slider.aspx
- Pay: Stipend is $400/week (a lump sum of $4000).
- 2012 Deadline: February 25, 2012.
- Each law student will receive hands-on training by working with accomplished lawyers, 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.
- For more information and application materials, see http://www.texasatj.org/Internship.
The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Thomas Steel Internship
558 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
- The internship is based out of San Francisco, will last from roughly June through August, and has a stipend of $5,000. Interns are expected to commit to 40 hours per week for a 10 week period.
- Applicants should be law students who demonstrate a passion for social justice and commitment to public interest work. Past activist/organizing experience and involvement with the National Lawyers Guild a plus.
- 2012 Deadline: February 7, 2012
- For more information, visit: http://www.nlgsf.org/about/jobs.php
Virginia Law Foundation Fund for Justice and Education Public Service Internships
Virginia Law Foundation
700 East Main Street, Suite 1501
Richmond, VA 23219
- Pay: $5000 are provided to each of Virginia’s eight American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law schools, which include Appalachian School of Law, College of William and Mary, George Mason University, Liberty University School of Law, Regent University, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee University.
- The 2013 interns will be selected in the spring of 2013.
- Applicants for the internships must be students at one of the above listed Virginia law schools and must apply to the law school (through career services office) for internship consideration. All internships must be served within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- For more information, go to http://www.virginialawfoundation.org/grantawards.htm
** 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.
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