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ABA John Curtin, Jr. Justice FundThe 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 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 under-represented 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. Anywhere in the U.S. $2,500 8 continuous weeks (May 1 - October 1) March 25, 2011Each applicant shall submit a cover letter, resume, application form and a prospective program's supporting statement. Please be specific about the issues on which you plan to focus and what you hope to accomplish. Application package available on website."Web SiteApplication includes 3 essay questions, limited to a total of 5 double spaced type pages
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fellowships in Environmental LawThe ABA Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law is designed to encourage disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students to study and pursue careers in environmental lawSelected Fellowship recipients will have an 8-10 week internship commitment and will work on legal matters for a government agency or public interest organization in the fields of environmental, energy or resources law. Please note that recipients will choose the state they wish to intern in, but will not be able to select where or in which organization they will be placed.$5,000 ($6,000 for New York Fellows) stipend does not cover travel expenses or include a housing allowance. 8 - 10 weeks Varies by region. CA: February 25, 2011 FLA: January 18, 2011 DC & NY deadlines were mid Nov 2010 See website in October 2010.Web Site
Alaska Conservation Foundation Internship Program Internship positions at organizations (referred to as host organizations) involved with environmental justice, habitat protection, advocacy, conservation biology, energy, policy implementation, marine conservation, environmental/resource management, and wildlife and endangered species protection. Host organizations can be non-profit organizations, Alaska Native organizations or government agencies that have identified internship assignments complementing ACF’s mission, values, and goals. Alaska $4,000 + travel expenses to Alaska (approximation) 12 weeks February 14, 2011 (online application available after December 10, 2010) Applicants must complete application available onlineWeb Site
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Fellows must undertake their fieldwork between April 2011 and September 2011 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. Anywhere in the U.S. $1,000 micro-grants Not specified January 10, 2011Online application form, including description of intended project, career statement, and funding sources; writing sample; resume; confirmation of law student status; two letters of recommendation, including one from sponsoring organization."Web Site
Asian American Law Fund of New York Community Service Scholarship Awards: The purpose of the award is to assist law students with their tuition while encouraging them to use their legal knowledge and training to benefit the Asian American community in New York and to foster commitment by law students to public service to the Asian American community in New York. Each student is expected to volunteer at least 6 weeks, 35 hours per week with a non-profit organization that serves New York's Asian American community. New York Up to $5,000 scholarship. Must apply the award to the payment of law school tuition. 6 weeks minimum (35 hours/wk) TBA, 2010 deadline was April 2Application form, essay including project description, law school transcript, resume, letter of recommendation, description of other scholarships, grants, and awards being provided for the proposed project. "Web Site
Asian Pacific American Bar Association Education Fund (AEF) 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. See specific awards: The Anheuser-Busch Norman Y. Mineta Fellowship and The Robert E. Wone FellowshipWashington, D.C. Not specified 10 weeks May 1, 2011 Complete application form found on the organization's websiteWeb Site
Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship Fellows are selected for their interest and ability in child welfare law. Each Fellow receives several days of training at University of Michigan Law School. After training, Fellows work in child welfare offices and organizations across the country. The program will pay for travel and the training in Ann Arbor and there are limited stipends available. Anywhere in the U.S. Training and travel expenses (up to $500); limited living stipends may also be available. They encourage finding additional outside funding 10 weeks February 14, 2011To apply: complete application form, personal statement, two letters of reference, and resume."Web SiteIf awarded a fellowship then must attend a three day training session at the University of Michigan Law school running from May 23 to 25, 2011
Chairman Robert E. Lee Memorial Scholarship and Internship Fund The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund. In 2010, the Foundation will award at least five $5,000 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology). Various locations throughout the U.S. $5,000 8 weeks minimum TBA (usually March) Submit application form and related materials as described on Web site.Web Site
Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program combines a paid public policy internship with two career skills seminars and weekly policy lectures. You’ll gain real-world experience, take a crash course in market-based policy analysis, and hone your professional skills. Internships are available at more than 100 think tanks and non-profits (see website for more information). Two tracks: state policy and federal policy Anywhere in the U.S. $1,500 + housing allowance 10 weeks Rolling Online applicationWeb Site
Equal Justice America Available to students who have secured full-time (minimum 35-40 hours per week) summer placement working at least 10 weeks for a non-profit legal services organization that provides direct civil legal services to the poor. Anywhere in the U.S. Up to $4,000 10 weeks (full-time employment) Postmarked no later than March 22, 2010To apply: send a cover letter describing 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. All required items must be sent together."Web SiteEJA Fellowship recipients may receive additional grant money from other funding sources up to a maximum of $7,500 for the summer. If an EJA recipient receives additional funding from another source, EJA will reduce its grant accordingly. Also FAQ's
Equal Justice Works Summer Legal Corps Americorps-funded program that recognizes 350 law students in a qualifying internship at a non-profit, public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income or underserved communities in the U.S. on a broad range of issue areas. Multiple locations across the U.S. (check link for more info) $1000 education award voucher n/a Not updated on website as of 9/26/2010 Application made available through the Equal Justice Works website March 21, 2007"Web Site
Everett Public Service Internship Program Everett provides stipends for summer internships at public interest organizations nationwide (mostly in Washington DC and New York). Their web site provides for listings of host organizations. Sponsors more than 140 paidlegal and nonlegal internships. New York City, Washington D.C., Brookline, MA and Boulder, CO $230 per week 10 weeks (full-time employment) Varies by organization applied to To apply: Send resume and cover letter directly to participating organizations (For more information, consult website). "Web SiteProgram suspended indefinitely due to economic climate
Florida Bar Foundation Legal Services Summer Fellowship Program Each summer, law students are placed at eligible Foundation-funded legal assistance providers. The purposes of the fellowship program are to: involve law students in the provision of civil legal assistance to the poor in critical areas of need; provide an in-depth educational experience in representing the poor and working with individual clients and client groups in civil matters; increase law student interest in and awareness of the legal problems of the poor and the challenges and satisfactions of representing the poor; and promote commitment to pro bono representation of the poor. Minority students are specifically encouraged to apply for this fellowship opportunity. Florida Not available. Not specified Unknown See contact information provided on website for more details.Web Site
Gleason/Kettel Law Fellowship Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy The Williams Institute Summer Fellowships provide a stipend to allow a current law student or recent law school graduate to work for 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 Law and Public Policy, 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. Various $5,000 stipend Not specified TBA (check Web site in January for application information) Check Web site in January for application information.Web Site
Google Policy Fellowship As lawmakers around the world become more engaged on Internet policy, ensuring a robust and intelligent public debate around these issues becomes increasingly important. The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google's Summer of Code with a public policy twist. 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.Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA , Ottawa or Toronto, Canada$7,000 10 weeks TBA, 2010 deadline was January 25 See website for more details and be prepared to provided transcripts upon request. Any questions beyond the the information available on the website should be directed to policyfellowship@google.com.Web Site
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia The mission of the Foundation includes supporting the law student community by providing fellowships for law students working during the summer for public interest legal organizations serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These fellowships allow students to gain valuable work experience and exposure to an area of public interest law. At the same time, these students assist with providing legal services to individuals or groups served by the legal service entities. Sponsoring organizations are non-profit, non-governmental organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provide legal services at little or no cost to clients. Past fellowship recipients have worked for AYUDA, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Aid Society of DC, Migrant Legal Action Program and others.Washington, D.C.Typically $5,000 for summer fellowship. One $10,000 summer fellowship awarded per year. Not specified TBA, 2010 deadline was April 7 See website for details.Web Site
J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize A prize of two thousand dollars 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. Anywhere in the U.S. $2,000 Not specified March 5, 2011Applicants should mail a resume together with an essay describing short- and long-term goals -- including the need for funds -- together with three letters of reference, at least one from a faculty member. "Web Site
James B. McMillan Legal Fellowship Fund The James B. McMillan Fellowship Fund was established in 1995 to honor the memory and example of U.S. District Judge James B. McMillan. It is a separate fund of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, a non-profit corporation to which contributions are tax-deductible. 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. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina$3,000 Not specified TBA, 2010 deadline was March 15 See website for details or call Randy Phillips at 704-331-1048 for additional information.Web SiteThe Fund Committee will look favorably on students: who have lived in Mecklenburg County; who intend to practice law in Mecklenburg County; who reflect the cultural diversity of North Carolina and Mecklenburg 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 Mecklenburg County.
Janet Steiger Fellowship The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs. The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.The 20 states chosen to receive fellows change each year, see website for more details.$5,000 + Housing allowance of up to $2,000 based on need 8 weeks TBA, 2010 deadline was February 5Application form, statement of interest, writing sample, current resume, law school transcript."Web Site
K&L Public Service Fellowship Program of the Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP Fund The fellowship offers law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each summer, the program awards up to three successful candidates a fellowship that enables them to spend four weeks of their summer working at one of four designated public interest organizations. (1) Allegheny Conference on Community Development, (2) Education Law Center, (3) KidsVoice, and (4) Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Pittsburgh, PA$1,000 per week less taxes 4 weeks Not available. To request a copy of the application materials, or to address any questions, please contact your career services/placement office or contact: Jessica L. Gangjee, (412) 355-6547, jessica.gangjee@klgates.com Deborah L. Turner, Scholarship Coordinator, The Pittsburgh Foundation, (412) 394-2649, turnerd@pghfdn.org"Web Site
Legal Aid Association of California, Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship ProgramDan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program. Offers a paid, eight-week summer position for to public interest-minded law students who wants to work in California legal services programs in a wide variety of placement sites. California $3,500 and can be combined with up to but no more than $1,500 of additional funding 8 weeks Likely April 2011 but not yet posted on website For updated information, Contact: Public Interest Clearinghouse, 47 Kearny Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, California 94108, (415/834-0100) or check http://www.calegaladvocates.org/"Web Site
Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Smith and Fellows Funds Legal Internship Program Massachusetts Bar Foundation awards up to six stipends each to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. The Legal Intern Fellowship Program invites applications from law students who have secured a volunteer internship with a qualified nonprofit organization in Massachusetts. Many MBF IOLTA grantees' programs would meet the eligibility requirements of the LIFP. Please be advised that applicants are not limited to these organizations. Additional application requirements can be found on the organization's website. Criminal law related internships are not eligible. Massachusetts $6,000 10 continuous weeks (June 1 - Oct 1) Not updated on website as of 9/26/2010 (1) Applicant Information Form [on website] (2) Essay (Details on the Applicant Information Form) (3) Organization Supporting Statement Form [on website] (4) Resume (5) Official Law School Transcript (6) One Letter of Reference Submit all applications to: Legal Intern Fellowship Program Massachusetts Bar Foundation 20 West Street Boston, MA 02111-0204 *DO NOT EMAIL OR FAX."Web Site
National Lawyers Guild The Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice Multiple locations across the U.S. (check link for more info) $2,000 10 weeks (full-time employment) January 7, 2011 To apply: complete application form and short essays available onlineWeb Site
New Jersey Public Interest Summer Legal Intern Program Provides internships for students working in civil legal services programs throughout New Jersey. All interns will participate in a three-day orientation in late May, at least one mid-summer event and a closing luncheon. New Jersey $500/week for rising 2nd year students; $750/week for rising 3rd year students. 10 weeks Not updated on website as of 9/26/2010 To apply: complete an LSNJ Summer Intern application (available online). All applications will be considered in the order in which they are received and hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis, starting in the fall of 2006. Interested students are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted electronically, by fax or via US Mail."Web Site
New York State Bar Association Awards Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law to minorities who are working on legal matters for a government environmental agency or public interest environmental organization in New York State. (NOTE: must be permanent NY state resident or enrolled in a law school in New York State). New York $6,000 10 weeks (full-time employment) Nomination Deadline: 11/19/2010 Applicants submit a resume, undergaduate/legal transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an essay"Web Site
Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship The Fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. Such unique and positive opportunities will both increase students' understanding of workers' needs as well as promote their entry into the practice of public interest labor law. Various locations throughout the U.S. $4,500 10 weeks January 14, 2011First or second-year law students can submit application materials, including a cover letter, resume, and application form (see Web site) to up to five sites and the Fund by the application deadline."Web Site
Pride Law Fund Fellowship Program The Pride Law Fund manages four fellowships which fund summer internship opportunities (1) Achtenberg Fellowship supports work of concern to the lesbian and gay community in the public sector regarding public policy or of a public service nature. (2) Fenwick & West LLP Fellowship supports work in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered civil rights and education. (3) BALiF Fellowship supports legal work on issues of concern to lesbians and bisexual women. (4) Richter Fellowship supports work in the area of HIV/AIDS, including legal services to people with HIV and/or AIDS. Anywhere in the U.S. Up to $5,000 8 - 10 weeks (preference will be given to projects that are 10 weeks or longer) Postmarked or emailed by April 1, 2011Applicants may apply for one or more fellowships by submitting a written proposal for a summer project and a letter of sponsorship by an attorney from a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit public interest organization, setting forth the attorney's commitment to supervise the applicant on the project."Web Site
Public Interest law Initiative (PILI) PILI's Summer Internship Program funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. The program is open to first and second year law students from across the country. List of participating agencies: http://www.pili-law.org/internshipprogramparticipatingagencies.htm Chicago, IL$5,000 10 weeks (full-time employment) 2Ls can start submitting their applications on October 15, 2010. 1Ls have to wait until Dec 1, 2010 to submit. Application deadline is March 2011. To apply: register on IllinoisProBono.org before submitting application. Fill out online application and include your resume and individualized cover letters.Web SiteThere is an approval process when registering for IllinoisProBono.org that can take up to 24 hrs (longer on weekends and holidays) so register early!
QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program Law students seeking low or unpaid internships serving the LGBT community or people with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply. Students will design legal projects to be sponsored by a non-profit, government, or tribal organization. The sponsoring organizations will provide the student with legal supervision and administrative support over the course of the 10 week internship.Flexible, but preference given to applicants who seek an internship in Washington State, or propose a project benefiting Washington State residents. Up to $500 per week 10 weeks TBA, 2010 deadline was March 19Must include application form, project statement, resume, references, sponsor profile, and certification of law school enrollment."Web SiteGrade point average and class rank are not considered in the selection process!
Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties, The Nation InstituteThe 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. Anywhere in the U.S. $1,000 honorarium Not specified Unknown Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to: Robert Masur Fellowship, The Nation Institute, 116 East 16th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10003. For more information, contact: jayati@nationinstitute.org. "Web Site
South Asian Bar Association of New York Public Interest Fellowship A first or second-year law student of South Asian descent who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2010 in an unpaid public interest legal internship in New York State and the greater metropolitan area , or A first or second-year law student who will be spending at least ten weeks of the summer of 2010 in an unpaid legal internship in New York State and the greater metropolitan area that specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community. New York, NY$4,000 10 weeks Will begin accepting applications in February 2011 until sometime in March 2011 (dates not yet solidified) Applicants must submit an application including resume, cover letter and information about the summer job"Web Site
Southern District of Texas Fellowship Grants The Southern District of Texas Chapter is committed to public service. The Chapter offers Blask Public Service Fellowship grants and Southern District of Texas Fellowship grants to several law students who serve as volunteer interns for Federal judges or agencies within the Southern District of Texas. The Fellowship awards provide financial assistance to students who have secured a federal government Summer internship. Southern District of Texas Up to $2,000 Not specified Last year's was April 2, 2010 (will update this info when they post summer 2011 application)Send resume with GPA and class rank together with a letter identifying: (1) your federal employer(s), date(s) of employment and other stipends or awards received. (2) your interest in federal public services, and (3) any special circumstances for consideration."Web Site
The Federal Communications Bar Association Stipends are awarded to students working in unpaid internships in communications positions in government offices. Washington, D.C.Up to $5,000 Not specified TBA (typically the deadline is in mid-March) Multiple question application including a description of your interest in communications and community activitiesWeb Site
The Robert M. Takasugi Summer Fellowship Program-California The fellowship is awarded to two applicants who have secured a summer position with a public interest organization. In the past, the Fellowship has approved organizations classified as 501(c)(3)s and public defenders' offices. The organization must be in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.Los Angeles, CA or San Francisco, CAUp to $5,000 10 weeks TBA (typically the deadline is in late-March) Application information for this year has not yet been postedWeb Site
Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) The WLALA Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant provides funding to students who develop public interest projects that explore the legal and social concerns of disadvantaged citizens. Los Angeles, CAUp to $5,000 Not specified TBA (typically the deadline is in mid-March) Application form is available onlineWeb Site

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