Summer Funding Resources
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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 underrepresented 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.
Brief Summary: 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 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 are included with the application. Applicants may propose their own projects. A proposed project should involve legal work and have a supervising attorney.
Amount: $5,000 (8 weeks)
Brief Summary: The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area ("AABA") is offering one or more grants to help fund qualified summer law clerk(s) to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community. The grant will be funded by the AABA Law Foundation through the Community Services Committee of AABA. Interested applicants should meet the following three requirements: 1. Have a summer position with a non-profit legal service organization; 2. Will work on a project(s) that provides legal assistance to the Asian American community; 3. Commit to at least 10 weeks of work on the project(s) this summer. Note: There is a preference for applicants who intend to provide legal assistance in the Bay Area. Amount: Not Specified
Brief Summary: AEF awards summer fellowships and grants 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, and extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours.
Amount: varies; up to $5,000
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.
Amount: Living expenses during the training + travel costs to Ann Arbor and then to his or her placement or back home (up to $600)
Brief Summary: The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $14 million in language grants to individuals using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers. Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply. An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor's degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant. Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester.
Brief Summary: Legal Services of New Jersey expects to sponsor, once again, a paid intern program during the summer of 2015, awarding summer intern fellowships in New Jersey public interest legal organizations to rising second- and third 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. Although the program design is subject to change, in past years students have been employed in Legal Services programs as well as other public interest entities, such as the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, American Friends Service Committee, and various domestic violence shelters.
Amount: $550/wk (2Ls) ; $750/wk (3Ls)
Brief Summary: A $4,500 stipend* will be awarded to a qualified law student to support a 10-week summer judicial internship in New York City under the auspices of the LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York ("LeGaL Foundation"). The program remains one-of-a-kind by providing law student fellows the chance to rotate for the 10-week summer among several different judges from varying courts and tribunals.
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.
Amount: varies; up to $4,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary: 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). To the extent a recipient receives funding from other sources (e.g., school) for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to adjust its stipend award so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship does not exceed $7,000. 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. Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a local, state or federal government entity. Students will be selected on the basis of: Financial Need – 30 points Essays – 30 points Academic merit – 20 points Nature of the work – 10 points Resume and Recommendations – 10 points
Brief Summary: Each summer, the Gary S. Tell ERISA Litigation Scholarship Foundation provides two five thousand dollar stipends to law students or clerks who have chosen to spend their summer working on ERISA litigation matters for DOL or PBGC in Washington D.C. Gary S. Tell ERISA Litigation Scholars must have a strong academic records, an interest in public service, and an interest in pursuing ERISA litigation as their career.
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.
Brief Summary: The Haywood Burns Fellowships are designed to encourage students to work in the National Lawyers Guild’s tradition of “people's’ 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.
Brief Summary: The Fund has a goal of promoting justice and innovation within the legal system in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, by awarding fellowships to law students desiring work experience with not-for-profit or governmental agencies. Typically, fellowships are awarded for summer positions, but the Fellowship Committee will consider applications for positions during a semester of the school year. A law student must apply directly to the sponsoring agency that indicates an interest in employing the law student. The sponsoring agency is responsible for submitting the McMillan Fellowship application to the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. Applications should include the student's resume, personal statement and any additional documents the student wishes the Committee to review.
Brief Summary: The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is proud to announce its 2016 Equality Fellowships, which will support law students working at DC-area LGBT legal non-profit organizations this summer. The Equality Fellowships hope to encourage law students taking their first steps toward careers tackling our nation’s most complex LGBT legal issues.
Brief Summary: The MBF’s Legal Intern Fellowship Program was established in 1996 to give talented law students the experience and encouragement they need to pursue careers in the public interest law sector while providing legal aid organizations with much-needed additional staff capacity for the summer. The MBF awards at least three (3) stipends of $6,000 each to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. These awards are supported by generous contributions to the MBF from lawyers and judges statewide and by the Smith Family Fund. The Legal Intern Fellowship Program invites applications from law students who have secured a volunteer internship with one (1) qualified nonprofit organization in Massachusetts. The principal activity of the internship must be the provision of civil legal services to low-income clients. The proposed internship must be designed to give the intern substantial legal experience with serving and representing clients, as well as preparing legal documents. Please review the General Program Information sheet for more details on eligibility.
Amount: $6,000 (varies, no less than 10 weeks)
Brief Summary: The Fellowship awards $2,500 to a law student to work on an immigration related student-initiated project. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks. The student's proposal must include a collaborative plan with the host organization to partially match the Fellowship award in the amount of $1,500. This matching may be done by either direct stipend by the host organization or through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. This ensures that the student will receive a total funding in the amount of $4,000.
Amount: $4,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary: One grant, valued at $5,000.00, will be awarded to a public interest intellectual property organization or charity to conduct the fellowship. The fellowship will take place in summer 2015 and the organization will offer the fellowship to students enrolled in law school located in New York State during the 2015 spring semester, as well as persons who received their JD any time within the last 3 years. The fellow will assist the organization with matters relating to intellectual property law.
Amount: $5,000 (10 weeks)
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 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.
Brief Summary: Eligibility First-year, second-year, and third-year (night students only) minority group members who are: 1) enrolled in a law school in New York State; or 2) permanent New York State residents, and enrolled in a law school in the United States. Minority group members are persons who are: African American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander. Fellowship Criteria Interest in environmental issues; academic record (undergraduate and/or law school); outstanding personal qualities; leadership abilities; financial need. (A law school course in environmental law is not a prerequisite.)
Amount: $6,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary: The Fellowship has been created as part of the Corporate Counsel Section’s commitment to diversity and in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Challenge. The fellowship goal is twofold. First, to provide the selected organizations with the chance to have students from a diverse range of backgrounds provide assistance without cost and second, to provide students from a diverse range of backgrounds with an opportunity to experience in-house legal practice. A second year law student from a New York law school from under-represented groups capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities. A minimum GPA of 2.5, a letter of interest with a discussion about your personal commitment to diversity and how being from an under-represented group has impacted you along with a writing sample will be required upon application. The fellowship will take place at a New York public interest legal or charitable organization that The New York Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors will select from among organizations that apply to the Foundation for a grant.
Amount: $6,000 (or hourly equivalent)
Brief Summary: The OSB Taxation Section and the New Tax Lawyer Committee (NTLC) seek to advance public service efforts in tax law and provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience through funding a public interest summer stipend. Each year, the OSB Taxation Section awards a Public Interest Stipend in the amount of $4,800 to one or more students currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M program. The NTLC will review and evaluate each applicant based on his or her academic record and the potential that the stipend will advance the applicant’s practical experience. The Section will give priority to applicants who intend to practice law in Oregon and become active members in the OSB Taxation Section upon completion of their J.D. or LL.M degrees.
Amount: $4,800 (12 weeks OR 13 weeks for the Oregon Tax Court)
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.
Amount: varies; up to $5,000
Brief Summary: The QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship is a 10 week, full-time, paid summer opportunity for a graduate or law student working for a public interest organization serving the legal needs of the LGBTQ community or serving people living with HIV/AIDS. The selected host organization receives a summer fellow to do research, conduct outreach, provide direct client services, or work on special projects with minimal cost to the host organization beyond space, supervision, and employment taxes. In 2016, the QLaw Foundation will provide $7,500 to be paid by the organization to the student who is ultimately selected. Organizations needing assistance paying their share of the student’s employment taxes may request an additional grant to cover this cost.
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.
Brief Summary: The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship fund is intended to provide internship opportunities for first through third year law students of underrepresented minority backgrounds, with an interest in practicing law in Sarasota County upon graduation. The Scholarship Application is open to law students enrolled in Florida law schools and those enrolled in out-of-state law schools, but who have or having had family, school, or community ties to Sarasota County. The student will receive $5,000 scholarship at the end of their summer employment. Diversity interns can also earn wages from their employer.
Brief Summary: 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 ten 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 demonstrate financial need, not already received a SABANY Fellowship, and be a first or second-year law student who is either (i) of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2016 in an unpaid public interest legal internship in New York State or the greater metropolitan area , or (ii) attending a New York State or greater metropolitan area law school who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2016 in an unpaid legal internship in New York State or the greater metropolitan area, which specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community, or (iii) attending a New York State or greater metropolitan area law school who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2016 in an unpaid legal internship in South Asia.
Amount: $2,000 - $4,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary: The Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of a summer fellowship for a law student working at a public interest or government agency. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization or government agency in Northern California that is doing work, which impacts the South Asian community and/or the Northern California community-at-large. Each applicant must be a current law student in good standing and must plan to be employed or intern with a public interest organization or government agency during the summer of 2015. In addition, applicants must have demonstrated commitment to serving issues that impact the South Asian community.The Foundation considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant’s essay. Other factors that the Foundation may consider include commitment to public service, financial need, academic achievement, and other personal circumstances.Strong preference will be afforded to applicants who are enrolled in a Northern California law school and employed at a Northern California organization doing work that directly impacts the South Asian community.
Amount: $8,000 (16 weeks)
Brief Summary: 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 has provided grants up to $5,000 per fellow in past years, and may sponsor up to four fellows this year. Each applicant must be a current law student in good standing, and must have received confirmation of employment or internship with a public interest organization during the summer of 2014. Public interest law can be practiced in five types of settings: nonprofit organizations; legal services organizations; district attorneys/public defenders; federal, state, and local government; and public service law firms. SABA-DC considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant’s essay. In addition, SABA-DC will schedule interviews with applicants as part of the selection process. Other factors that SABA-DC may consider include commitment to public service, financial need, academic achievement, and other criteria.
Brief Summary: Grants of at least $2,000 are available for a limited number of law students who serve as legal interns for a minimum of six weeks during the summer of 2016 in the offices of a federal court or agency located within the Southern District of Texas, including but not limited to the following: - U.S. District Court - U.S. Bankruptcy Court - U.S. Magistrate Court - U.S. Trustee - Federal Bureau of Investigation - Federal Public Defender - U.S. Attorney - EEOC - U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement - Office of Homeland Security - N.A.S.A. Eligibility: Full-time students at any accredited U.S. law school who: have completed at least 30 hours of coursework by June 1, 2016; at the time of application, have a GPA which ranks in the top half of the applicant’s law school class; and have secured or will secure an internship with a federal court or agency within the district. Application: Send a resume with your GPA and class rank together with a letter: identifying your federal employer(s), date(s) of employment, any employment or internships this summer in addition to your federal internship, and other stipends or awards received; describing your interest in federal public service; and discussing any special circumstances you would like considered to: email@example.com
Amount: at least $2,000
Brief Summary: Law students and recent law school graduates are eligible to apply for a limited number of $5,000 grants to fund unpaid full-time summer internships in public interest law in Georgia. We hope this will help expand the number of students and young lawyers able to pursue opportunities in public interest law in Georgia. Eligible internship placements must be unpaid and for a minimum of ten (10) weeks and 400 hours in Georgia. Please complete the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with (1) your most recent resume; (2) a personal statement, not to exceed four pages double-spaced; and (3) the attached Employer Verification confirming your internship, no later than March 30, 2015, at 5 p.m. Applicants will receive an email confirming the receipt of all application documents. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call the YLD office at 404-526-8607.
Amount: $5,000 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary: The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is proud to announce its 2015 Equality Fellowships, which will support law students working at DC-area LGBT legal non-profit organizations this summer on either an unpaid or partially-paid basis. The Equality Fellowships hope to encourage law students taking their first steps toward careers tackling our nation’s most complex LGBT legal issues. The Equality Fellowships will pay up to $1,000 to law students selected to be LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia Equality Fellows. For more information about the Fellowships and an application form, please follow the link below. Please submit all materials to LGBTSummerFellowships@gmail.com.
Amount: varies; up to $1,000
Brief Summary: Established in honor of Celia Hunter and renamed in memory of Ted Smith, ACF’s Conservation Internship Program is a strategic investment in young adults. The program is specifically targeted toward students who plan a career path in conservation and are willing to make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting the pristine environment and diverse cultures of Alaska. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent grads participating in this popular internship program are provided with unique opportunities to: Learn firsthand about Alaska’s magnificent natural environment and diverse cultures. Gain important, practical job skills in the conservation field while also helping the host organization meet its conservation program goals. Help preserve and protect Alaska’s pristine environment by working with one of the many host organizations addressing important Alaska conservation issues. Meet and network with Alaska conservationists, agency personnel, local Alaskans, and other interns from Alaska and across the nation. Become mentors and sources of information for other students interested in Alaska conservation issues. Obtain college credit (if approved by an accredited university).
Amount: $5,040 (12 weeks) reimburse travel costs up to $1,400
Brief Summary: During the academic year 2015-2016, the Commission will provide approximately 4 internships to law students. The academic year internship will be for one of the following time frames: Fall (September–December 2015) or Spring (January–May 2016). Fall interns may apply for continued funding for the spring semester during the spring application period. Applications will be considered as funds are available and will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, applications received earlier in the semester will have a greater chance to be funded. Academic year interns will receive a stipend of $2,500 per semester for 200 hours of work. Students will receive payment directly from the Texas Access to Justice Commission and will be issued a 1099 at the end of the year. The stipend is considered taxable income and students are responsible for ascertaining their own tax liability.
Amount: $2,500 (10 weeks)
Brief Summary: Each of Virginia’s eight American Bar Association-accredited law schools will receive $5,000 to fund public service internships during the summer of 2016. Continuing a VLF tradition begun in 1990, the internships enable Virginia host employers to hire selected students who will have completed one or two years of law school. The students work under the supervision of an attorney; the work they complete varies widely and depends on the missions and caseloads of their respective organizations. Some students gain experience working on individual client matters and some work on projects affecting many clients in the organization’s service area. These internships advance law-related education by sensitizing students to the importance of public interest and pro bono work. Interested students should contact their respective law school. The law schools apply to the Foundation for the grant. The following Virginia law schools are involved: George Mason University School of Law Regent University School of Law University of Richmond School of Law Appalachian School of Law William and Mary School of Law Liberty University School of Law University of Virginia School of Law Washington & Lee University School of Law
Brief Summary: The Board of Governors of the VSB Local Government Section will award a $4,000 fellowship to an outstanding first or second-year law student who has committed to working full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks at a Virginia local government attorney’s office during the summer of 2016, or divide the fellowship between two students working full-time for a minimum of 5 weeks each.
Brief Summary: The Williams Institute Summer Fellowship program provides 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 and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy (as a Gleason Kettel Summer Fellow), and similar national and local organizations. During the fellowship, students work on research projects and assist with on-going lesbian and gay civil rights cases.
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