Northwestern Law has a variety of programs to provide financial assistance to students and alumni working in public service positions. The law school provides both funding for summer public interest employment and a generous loan forgiveness programs for graduates who enter public service.
Summer Funding | Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) | Other Sources
Summer Public Interest Funding
Northwestern Law students may receive funding for summer public interest work through the following programs available to our law students:
- Justice Stevens Fellowships (pdf)
Each year Northwestern Law awards four Stevens Fellowships in the amount of $5,000 each for students to work during the summer at the public interest employer of their choice. The fellowships are funded by former Justice Stevens law clerks.
- Kleiman Public Interest Fellowships (pdf)
One student will be awarded this fellowship in the amount of $5,000 for summer public interest work for a labor union or for a non-profit legal agency. The fellowship is funded by David Kleiman (NUSL '82).
- Lefkow Independent Judiciary Fellowship (pdf)
The Lefkow Independent Judiciary Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded to one student for work at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. The fellowship is funded by the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
- Lefkow Fellowship at the Legal Assistance Foundation (pdf)
One student will be awarded the Lefkow Fellowship at the Legal Assistance Foundation in the amount of $5,000 for work at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. The fellowship is funded by the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
- Mansfield Foundation Fellowships (pdf)
Two students each year receive the $4,500 Mansfield Fellowship to work during the summer at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.
- Nussbaum Public Interest Fellowships (pdf)
This fellowship provides $5,000 to one student for summer work at a public interest agency. The fellowship is funded by William and Susan Nussbaum (both NUSL ’83).
- Len Rubinowitz Public Interest Fellowships
The Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship (SFPIF) helps fund summer public interest employment for law students through a combination of money raised during the year, a Law School contribution, and Federal Work Study grants.
- Zenner Public Interest Grants (pdf)
The Zenner grants are made available to the law school through the generosity of Teri Zenner ’83, founder and president of the Zenner Consulting Group. The grants are available to members of the graduating class who have either secured or are seeking a position in public interest law (excluding judicial clerkships). The funds are intended to provide support for bar review course and exam fees for these graduates.
- Bluhm Legal Clinic Summer Positions
The Bluhm Legal Clinic hires student workers each summer.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
The Law School has a generous and unique LRAP that provides funding through forgivable loans for graduates.
Other Sources of Funding
PSLawNet Summer Funding Resources
Equal Justice America
Public Interest Law Initiative
Peggy Browning Fund
Post-Grad Fellowships (pdf)
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
Firms Sponsoring Split Summers (pdf)