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The following is a list of summer funding sources, both internal and external. The list is NOT exhaustive!

Carolina Law Summer Grants

Each year several summer grants are awarded to students who are taking unpaid or low-paying summer public interest and public sector jobs. Funding for these grants comes from several sources. The following summer public interest grants are generally available:

  • C-PILO (Carolina Public Interest Law Association)
  • Ilene Nelson Internship for Child Advocacy
  • Steven Whitesell Memorial Fund Grant (preference given to a student in the City and Regional Planning program)
  • Hank Tersegno Public Interest Summer Grant (preference given to a student whose work focuses on civil liberties, civil rights, discrimination, housing, women's rights and worker's rights)
  • Sandra Johnson Public Interest Summer Grant
  • Class of 2001 Public Interest Summer Grant
  • Gene R. Nichol Public Interest Law Fund
  • The Dan Pollitt Fellowship (preference given to a student who works in the area of civil liberties)
  • William E. Underwood, Jr., Public Interest Fellowship (preference given to a student working with the Council for Children's Rights)
  • UNC Law Summer Public Interest Grant (anonymous donor)
  • Gibson Desaulniers Smith Public Interest Award
  • Media Law Grant (via Professor David Ardia)
  • Various student organizations also award partial grants. In 2014, the following student organizations awarded grants to students:

National Funding

PSJD has an abundance of information on several national funding opportunities. For funding sources, please visit PSJD.

ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Legal Internship

  • PAY: $2,500 stipend

AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer

  • PAY: Weekly stipend of $600. Transportation and housing costs are also covered.
  • 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.

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) / AABA Law Foundation Scholarships

  • 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.

Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship- University of Michigan Law School

  • PAY: A limited number of stipends are available, and up to $500 in travel expenses for training may be provided.
  • The University of Michigan Law School is offering places in the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship. 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.
  • Interns much work a minimum of 10 weeks. Fellows must attend a three-day training.

Blakemore Foundation- Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

  • 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.

Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships

  • PAY: $4,000 stipend.
  • Student must work full-time (35-40 hours per week) for at least 10 weeks.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program/AmeriCorps JD

  • PAY: $1,132 AmeriCorps education award voucher
  • Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 350 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,132 education award voucher, which can be used to PAY current education expenses or qualified student loans.

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation/ Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund

  • PAY: Stipend is $5,000.
  • 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).
Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice
  • PAY: Stipend will be between $1000 and $2000 and is paid in two installments by the project. The stipend may be supplemented with work-study grants and student fellowships.

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund

  • PAY: A prize of $2000 will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service

2012 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship

  • Sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • PAY: $4,000 to a law student working on an immigration related student-initiated project

Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship

  • PAY: Stipend is $4,500 for 10 weeks

Political Economy Research Center for Graduate Fellowship Program

  • PAY: Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Bozeman, Montana.
  • Duration: Three months.

Pride Law Fund Fellowship

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties, The Nation Institute

  • PAY: $1,000 honorarium

Local & REGIONAL Funding

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) - Washington, DC

  • Multiple fellowships and grants listed on website

Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Summer Internship

  • $8,000 for 10-week internship

Google Policy Fellowship

  • $7,500 for a 10-week internship
  • Participating organizations are based in Washington, DC, Toronto, Ottawa, and San Francisco, CA

Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

  • PAY: Stipend is $5,000.

James B. McMillan Legal Fellowships - Charlotte, NC

  • PAY: Up to $3,000 for each fellow
  • 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.

Janet Steiger Fellowship

  • PAY $5,000

K&L Gates Fund Fellowship

  • Sponsors three 4 week fellowships. $1,000 per week.

Legal Aid Association of California, Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship Program

  • PAY: $3,000 Stipend. Fellows must work a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • Organizations must be an LAAC member program

Massachusetts Bar Foundation - State of Massachusetts

  • PAY: Stipends have a maximum amount of $6,000.
  • Summer work for nonprofits providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts

McCleary Law Fellows Program

New Jersey Summer Public Interest Legal Intern Program

  • PAY: $550/wk for rising 2Ls; $750/wk for rising 3Ls
  • Awarding summer intern fellowships in New Jersey public interest legal organizations

New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program

  • PAY: Summer Honors Program interns are paid $500 per week for nine weeks of employment, for a total of $4,500.

New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law

  • PAY: $6,000 stipend

North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program

  • PAY: $3,000 stipend, distributed in three payments throughout the Fellowship year as specific program objectives are complete.
  • A one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid, Inc. - Martin Luther King Internship and Fellowship Program

  • Fellowship: Loan repayment assistance up to $11,000 available for the first two years of employment
  • Internship: $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time employment

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) of Chicago Summer Internship Program - Chicago

  • PAY: $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time employment.

Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy

  • Brings together students from six Boston-area law schools to work with top public policy makers on issues that affect residents of Greater Boston and Massachusetts
  • Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time employment.

Robert M. Takasugi Summer Fellowship - California

  • Fellowship will fund up to $5,000
  • The organization must be in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

South Asian Bar Association of New York Public Interest Fellowship

  • SABANY plans to provide at least two $4,000 grants to law students who will be working in unpaid public-interest jobs in the New York area during the summer

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. Public Interest Fellowship

Southern District of Texas Fellowship Grants

  • PAY: $2,000

WLALA Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

  • PAY: Up to $5,000

NOTE: 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.

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