Summer Funding Resources Available for Work in Any Geographic Location
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Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program
1730 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4511
- Pay: $1,175 education award voucher
- 2014 Deadline: April 15, 2014.
- 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.
- Students must complete 300 service hours to receive the education award voucher, which can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans.
- County, state, and nonprofit public defenders offices now qualify for Summer Corps funding; Current AmeriCorps Fellow Host Sites each may receive up to 5 guaranteed funded Summer Corps members.
- For more information about eligibility criteria and the application and selection process, visit http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps
- 2013 Deadline: All applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2013.
- The PLF Fellowship Programs are open to law students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) organization anywhere in the country. Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship by submitting a written proposal for a Summer project on which they seek to work, together with a letter of sponsorship by an attorney from a 501 (c)(3) organization, setting forth the attorney's commitment to supervise the applicant on the project.
- The Achtenberg Fellowship supports the work of concern to the lesbian and gay community in the public sector, regarding public policy or of a public service nature.
- The Fenwick and West LLP Fellowship supports work in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered civil rights and education.
- The BALiF Fellowship supports legal work on issues of concern to lesbians and bisexual women.
- The Richter Fellowship supports work in the area of HIV/AIDS, including legal services to people with HIV and/or AIDS.
Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties, The Nation Institute
116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003
- Pay: $1,000 honorarium.
- 2013 Deadline: All applications must be received by Friday, April 5, 2013.
- The Masur Fellowship enables a first year law student to pursue significant summer activities in the practice areas of civil rights or civil liberties.
- Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization, work on a case under the supervision of a law faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.
- Applicants should send a one-to-two page proposal to the Institute describing their intended summer project, along with a resume and the name of their faculty or organization sponsor. For more information, visit http://www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowship_in_civil_liberties/.
Williams Institute and Gleason Kettel Summer Law Fellowship
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
Public Policy Building Room 2381
Los Angeles, CA 90095
- $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.
- 2014 Deadline: March 28, 2014.
- For more information, visit: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/summer-fellowships/
QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program
Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100
Contact: Cynthia Buhr
Seattle, Washington 98101
- Pay: The award consists of a maximum of $5000 for 10 full-time, 40-hour weeks.
- 2014 Deadline: March 14, 2014. For more information about the application process, go to http://www.q-law.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1663998.
- 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.
ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty / John J. Curtin, Jr. Legal Internship
740 15th Street NW
Contact: Amy Horton Newell
Washington, DC 20005
- Pay: $2,500 stipend for no less than 8 weeks of continuous work between May 1 and October 1.
- 2014 Deadline: Applications must be received by Monday, March 31, 2014.
- Student must work for an organization run by a bar organization or legal services organization anywhere in the country that serves homeless clients or those at risk of becoming homeless. The ABA provides a list of organizations the student may consider, however this list is not exclusive. The student may work at any approved homeless advocacy project run by a bar association or legal services program. Application form available at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_services/homelessness_poverty/john_j_curtin_jr_fellowship.html
Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships
Building 2, Suite 204
13540 East Boundary Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: 804- 744-4200
- Pay: up to $4,000 stipend.
- 2013 Deadline: All applications must be postmarked no later than March 25, 2013. Awards will be announced by email on or around April 26, 2013.
- Students may work anywhere in the United States, provided that the hiring organization is a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor. Equal Justice America generally funds over 175 students per summer.
- Students must work full-time (35-40 hours per week) for at least 10 weeks.
- To apply, applicants must send a cover letter describing their commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization to Equal Justice America at the above address. All application materials must be sent together.
- Equal Justice America sponsors fellowships for law students at more than 75 law schools. Applicants must attend one of these law schools to be eligible for this program. A list of these schools can be found at http://www.equaljusticeamerica.org/LawSchools.htm.
- Students should indicate on the cover letter whether or not they have work-study funding. Students may apply prior to securing a placement, but an employment confirmation letter is required before a fellowship will be awarded.
- NYU students should apply directly through the PILC office.
- For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.equaljusticeamerica.org/prev_applications/ApplicationSummer.htm
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation/ Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund
1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 325
Washington, DC 20036-6101
Phone: 202-293- 4000
- Pay: Stipend is $5,000.
- 2013 Deadline: March 13, 2013.
- The FCBA will award at least five summer stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with jurisdiction over the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite and information technology).
- Applicants will be considered based on their demonstrated interest in the communications field; having secured or having pending, an unpaid summer position for at least eight (8) weeks with a government agency; their involvement in community activities; and, their dependence on financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship.
- For more information and application materials, see http://www.fcba.org/foundation/internship_stipends.shtml.
Google Policy Fellowship
Various Locations: Washington, DC; San Francisco, Calif.; Ottawa or Toronto, Canada
- Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks.
- 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 trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.
- 2013 Deadline: March 15, 2013.
- 2014 Deadline: March 15, 2014
- A prize of $2000 will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in 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.
- Click here for full application details.
Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship
- Pay: $500 scholarship
- 2013 Deadline: March 15, 2013.
- Essay Topic: Applicants must 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?
- Winners will write blog posts featured on the Ms. JD blog throughout the summer.
- Unpaid judicial externs also qualify.
- To apply, send resume, anticipated employer, other sources of funding, and aforementioned essay to Bence@ms-jd.org. Include your Ms. JD user ID in your cover letter or in plain text of your email.
Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color
Contact: Ashley B. Nelson, Legal Recruitment Manager
- Benefits: Stipend is $7,500, plus an interview for a second year summer position at Goodwin Procter
- 2013 Deadline: March 1, 2013.
- 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.
- For more information and application materials, see http://www.goodwinprocter.com/Careers/Law-Students/Public-Interest-Fellowship.aspx.
- Pay: Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana.
- Duration: Three months.
- 2013 Deadline: February 15, 2013.
- 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 there, fellows are required to present two to three seminars to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result.
- For more information and application materials see http://perc.org/fellowships/graduate-fellows
Bergstrom Fellowship - University of Michigan Law School
The Michigan Child Welfare Law Program
University of Michigan Law School
611 Church Street, Suite 4C
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000
Contact: Alicia Lixey, Training Coordinator
- Applicants should have completed their first year of law school but not yet graduated. Fellows work in various offices around the country specializing in representation of children, parents and social service agencies.
- Pay: For fellows accepted into the program, the Bergstrom Fellowship will cover living expenses during the training. The Fellowship will also cover each fellow's travel costs to Ann Arbor and then to his or her placement or back home (up to $600). The summer placement may be in a position to provide some support.
- 2014 Deadline: February 10, 2014.
- Placement in child welfare office can be found after acceptance into fellowship.
- Fellows must attend a three-day training in May.
- Interns must work a minimum of 10 weeks. Students can obtain information and applications from the website.
- 2014 Deadline: January 6, 2014
- 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.
- For more information, visit: http://www.jtbf.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=InternshipJRCJTBF&category=Main.
Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship
1818 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contact: Mary Anne Moffa
Phone: 215-665- 6815
- Pay: minimum $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks. In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.
- 2014 Deadline: January 17, 2014.
- 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.
- Participating labor organizations and application materials are available at: http://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/how-to-apply
- 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.
- A cover letter, resume and completed application form must be sent to each eligible work site to which you wish to apply. A copy of each complete application must also be sent to the Peggy Browning Fund.
- Both the Fund and the specific sites to which students are applying must have received your applications by the deadline. Students can apply for up to 3 postions.
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) / AABA Law Foundation
P.O. Box 190517
San Francisco, CA 94119
- 2013 Deadline: January 18, 2013.
- 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.
- Students must work a minimum of 10 weeks.
- Application instructions for the 2012 grant are available on the AABA's website.
AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
- Pay: Weekly stipend of $600. Transportation and housing costs are also covered.
- 2014 Deadline: Oct. 18, 2013, for 2Ls; Jan. 17, 2014, for 1Ls.
- 10 week internship program for law students that combines front-line legal work with grassroots organizing in real, on-going campaigns by AFL-CIO unions in various regions of the country.
- For more information and for application materials, see http://www.aflcio.org/Get-Involved/Union-Summer-Law-Student-Union-Summer/Eligibility-and-Requirements. Online application is also available from this site.
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program
The American Society of International Law
2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Contact: Veronica Onorevole
- Pay: $1,000 micro-grants.
- 2014 Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the first 50 correctly completed applications are received or until Monday, January 13, 2014. Only the first 50 completed applications will be considered.
- Fellows will undertake their fieldwork between April 2014 and September 2014 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.
- Funded by contributions from ASIL members, this one-time award will provide financial assistance, "micro-grants" of up to $1000, for law students and young lawyers to pursue human rights work and research. Fellows will undertake their projects in affiliation with an established NGO or human rights organization.
- For more information, and for online application, see http://www.asil.org/helton-fellowship.cfm. .
Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice
National Lawyers Guild, National Office
132 Nassau Street, Suite 922
New York, NY 10038
- Pay: The stipend will be $2000. The stipend may be supplemented with work-study grants and student fellowships.
- Duration: Fellows are required to work full-time for ten weeks. Starting and ending dates are negotiated between the fellow and the project.
- 2014 Deadline: January 14, 2014.
- Students apply for either an internship with a sponsoring organization or may submit a proposal for a student-initiated project.
- For more information and for application materials, see http://www.nlg.org/law-students/fellowships/.
- $1500/6 week minimum
- Eligibility: 1L or 2L minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students
- 2014 Deadline: January 10, 2014
- For more information, visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/initiatives/good_works/judicial_intern_opportunity_program.html
Blakemore Foundation - Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800
Seattle, WA 98101-3266
Phone: 206-359- 8778
- 2014 Deadline: December 31, 2013.
- Eligibility: applicants should be pursuing an academic, professional, or business career that involves the regular use of a modern Asian language; have an undergraduate degree; be at or near an advanced level in the language as defined by the Grant Guidelines; be able to devote themselves exclusively to the language study during the term of the grant; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Selection criteria: applicants should have a focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which use of the language is an important aspect; the potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country; good academic, professional, or business background, appropriate to the career program.
- 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.
- 2014 Deadline: December 27, 2013
- For more information, visit: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/business_law/initiatives_awards/diversity.html
Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship
Contact: Dan Kesselbrenner - Executive Director, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
- Pay: $2,500 award for 10 weeks
- 2013 Deadline: December 29, 2012
- 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
- To learn more about the Fellowship and to download an application form, visit http://maggiofellowship.org/application.html
** 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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