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Firms Allowing Split Public Interest Summer Options

A few law firms have programs that enable law students to work for part of the summer with the firm, and part of the summer with a public interest organization.  Some of the firms will pay all or part of the students’ salaries for the entire summer. These programs provide an opportunity for a diverse summer experience and demonstrate a firm’s strong commitment to pro bono work. There are a few variations of the split public interest summer. Below are the firms that have such programs along with the general program parameters.

·         Akin Gump

o   The Pro Bono Scholars Program is a two-summer commitment. During their 1L summer, Pro Bono Scholars spend at least seven weeks at a public interest organization of their choosing. The firm encourages the Pro Bono Scholars to choose a placement that matches their own interests and will provide them with true substantive experience.

o   Pro Bono Scholars are paid the summer associate salary while employed by the firm and receive a stipend totaling $17,000 for their time spent working at a public interest organization.



·         Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

o   The New York office offers a split summer opportunity for a 2L. The firms requires the first eight weeks of the summer to be spent at the firm, and the balance at an NYC-based public interest firm. 



·         Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

o   The Douglas Arant Public Interest Fellowship offers a law student who works with Bradley Arant during the summer the opportunity to spend time with a public service organization. The summer associate who applies for and is selected to receive the Fellowship, works a minimum of six weeks in one of the firm's offices, and a minimum of four weeks for a public service organization chosen by the summer associate and approved by the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

o   The summer associate is compensated by the firm while working for the public service organization at the full summer associate salary.



·         Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

o    If selected, a fellow spends the first eight weeks of the summer as a summer associate in the New York office, and the next four to six weeks in the legal department of a New York City public interest organization of his or her choosing, making arrangements with assistance from the firm as necessary.  

o   Cadwalader compensates each fellow as a summer associate for the first segment of the summer, and pays $8,000 for the work in the public sector.  



·         Crowell & Moring

o   The firm has offered several summer associates the chance to participate i ntheir public interest fellowship program. Summer associates selected as public interest fellows split their summer between the firm and a public interest organization.

o    Participants for the program are chosen in the spring from the incoming class of summer associates. 



·         Fenwick & West LLP

o   The firm offers a split summer opportunity for 2L students. The Fellow(s) spend the first seven weeks of the summer working as a Fenwick summer associate and the following three weeks at a Bay Area public interest organization which focuses on diversity issues or serving diverse populations. 



·         Morgan Lewis & Bockius

o   The Community Experience (one of three summer associate tracks) allows summer associates the opportunity to spend part of the summer in their traditional program, followed by an assignment at a public interest or community service organization. Summer associates spend up to four weeks with the organization and, together with the firm's pro bono partner, choose where they will work. 

o   The summer associate is paid a stipend equal to that they would have received as a summer associate for the period of time at the public interest organization.  



·         Munger, Tolles & Olson

o   Upon completion of six weeks at the firm, in lieu of spending additional time at Munger Tolles, each participant in the Jay Fugitani 1L Diversity Summer Progam will have the option of spending up to four weeks performing legal work for a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area and receiving his or her weekly salary from the firm.



·         Norton Rose Fulbright

o   Several of the firm's offices permit split summer programs. Contact the Lawyer Recruiting representative for the office of interest for more information. 

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·         Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker

o   The firm offers a limited number of second-year law students the ability to participate in the Public Interest Split Program.  

o   The not-for-profit organization is subject to conflicts clearance and approval by the firm before the start of the summer program. Interested individuals should request consideration for this program at the time of their callback interview. 



·         Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

o   The firm allows all interested summer associates to participate in pro bono.  Participants spend part of their summer with a local public interest legal organization of their choosing. The firm will help secure the placement and pay for the work on the project.



·         Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett

o   The firm sponsors a number of Public Interest Fellowships for summer associates. Fellows in the program spend eight weeks at the firm, and then four to six weeks on a significant public service project of their own choosing. 

o   The summer associate is compensated by the firm while working for the public service organization at the full summer associate salary.



·         Steptoe & Johnson

o   The Steptoe Summer Public Interest program allows up to seven summer associates in the Washington, DC office to spend the portion of the summer working for a public interest organization.  

o   Each summer associate in the program spends a minimum of eight weeks of the summer working at Steptoe, followed by four weeks with a public service group of interest to him or her. Steptoe pays one-half of the firm's regular weekly summer associate salary for each of those four weeks. 


·         Vinson & Elkins

o   The As part of the Summer Association program, Vinson & Elkins offers a Public Interest Split opportunity to two summer associates in any U.S. city where V&E has an office.

o   While working for the public interest organization for a maximum of six weeks, you will continue to receive the V&E weekly summer associate salary. You must spend the first half of the summer at V&E, and the second half at a public interest organization approved by the firm. 


·         Wiggin and Dana

o   The firm offers a split-summer opportunity for one second year law student to spend the first five weeks at Wiggin and Dana and the remainder of the summer at a public interest organization approved by the firm.