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Columbus School of Law

The Catholic University of America

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Charles and Louise O'Brien Fellowships

The Fellowship was established by the Reverend Raymond C. O'Brien, a professor at the law school, in honor of his grandparents. Students enrolled at CUA Law in the fall 2012 semester and completing their first, second, or third year of law school are eligible to apply for grants in conjunction with their work at a pro bono assignment during the summer. The Fellows are chosen based on essays submitted by eligible students describing their summer placement in the context of the interaction between their religious perspective and their legal careers. At present, each student chosen has received a grant of $6,000. Applications will be available in late February and due to the Office of Financial Aid (Room 314) at the end of March.

Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) Stipends

Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) spends the academic year raising money to fund stipends for law students who obtain summer public interest jobs. The number of stipends awarded depends upon the fundraising efforts of student volunteers and donations from local businesses and law firms. SPIL's primary fundraising source is its auction held every spring semester. SPIL funded 29 students last year, generally in the amount of $3,500. Applications will be available in late February and due to the Office of Financial Aid (Room 314) at the end of March.

Eric Weissman Endowed Scholarship Fund

Students who complete the SPIL application process will also be considered for the $3500 Weissman Memorial Scholarship.

Patton Boggs LLP Public Policy Fellowship

Using the attorney’s fees earned from a successful pro bono case won by John

Oberdorfer, Patton Boggs, LLP established the Patton Boggs Foundation to commemorate the retirement of founding partner James R. Patton, Jr. The

Foundation annually grants Public Policy Fellowships to exceptional law students (one of whom is a CUA student) who spend their summers working on public policy matters for non-profit institutions or government agencies. The student must have been offered a summer position or be under serious consideration for a summer position doing policy work. The position need not be in the Washington, D.C. area. The stipend is $5,000. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, you need to complete application materials in March. For more information, please contact the OCPD.

Plato Papps Labor Law Scholarship

This program provides a $3,000 stipend for an internship in labor law during the summer following the first year of legal study. Applications are distributed by the CUA Law faculty directly to students shortly after Spring Break. The deadline will be announced with the distribution of the application forms. Papps Fellows are expected to work at their assigned internship for ten weeks, perform the tasks assigned to them, maintain a journal of their activities (maintaining client confidentiality), report by telephone to Professor Roger Hartley twice during the internship regarding the Fellow's progress, and submit a journal to Professor Hartley at the conclusion of the internship. Fellows will be paid one-half of the summer stipend near the beginning of the internship and the remainder half way through the internship.


Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program


The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is administered 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 working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. 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 fewer than 8 continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. The 2012 deadline to apply is March 26, but early submissions are welcome.
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Minority Fellowships

in Environmental Law


The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources offers several Fellowships for disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students. This fellowship program is available to 1st and 2nd year law students or 3rd year evening students from economically or socially disadvantaged or other underrepresented groups, including for example, minority or low-income populations. It is generally preferred that you select the state where you are attending law school or have permanent residency status. Each successful recipient will receive a $5,000 ($6,000 for New York Fellows) stipend. Fellows make an 8-10 week minimum commitment and work on legal matters of a government agency or public interest organization in the fields of environmental, energy, or resources law, with an emphasis on air pollution. The deadline for the DC Endangered Species Fellowship is February 1, 2012.
Alaska Conservation Foundation Internship Program



Internship candidates complete for assignments in organizations involved with environmental/resource management, habitat protection, advocacy, policy implementation, land and park management, marine conservation, and wildlife and endangered species protection. Interns serve for 12 weeks and earn a stipend of approximately $5,000. ACF will also reimburse the cost of lowest cost, round trip airfare to and from the host site, up to $1,000 and booked a minimum of two weeks prior to departure. Application deadline is midnight Alaska time on February 29, 2012.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF)


AEF awards summer fellowships and grants, generally in the amount of $2,500, 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. Any student at an accredited law school who is enrolled at least part-time, as determined by the school, who is in good standing, who is a candidate for a law degree, and who has not previously received an AEF Fellowship, is eligible to apply for an AEF Fellowship. Students must secure their sponsorship, and then apply to AEF for funding. Last year’s deadline was May 1.
Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship – University of

Michigan Law School



The University of Michigan Law School offers placements in the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship. Fellows work in various offices around the country specializing in the representation of children, parents and social services agencies. The applicant should have completed their first year of law school but not yet graduated. Placement in a child welfare office can be found after acceptance into the Fellowship. A limited number of stipends are available and up to $500 in travel expenses for training may be provided. Interns must work a minimum of 10 weeks and attend training. The deadline to apply is February 13, 2012.

Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship



This fellowship funds several law students to work at California legal services programs for a minimum of 10 weeks over the summer. Applicants must have a strong interest in working to defend and expand the legal rights of the poor and the disadvantaged. People of color and students from low-income or working class backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. The stipend is $3,500 (Legal Aid Association of California provides $3,000 and the host legal services program funds $500). The application must be submitted jointly by the student and an eligible legal services program. The application will be available in February of 2012 for scholarships being awarded in the spring of 2012.
Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program –

New Jersey Summer Public Interest Legal Intern Program


Approximately twenty students are placed with various legal services programs, public interest organizations and government agencies across NJ. The program is open to rising second and third year law students. Applicants should demonstrate interest in working in New Jersey in the future. The stipend varies between $550-750 per week for a 10-week period. All applications will be considered in the order in which they are received, and hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all positions are filled (usually mid-March). Interested students are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships


Students may work anywhere in the United States, provided that the hiring organization is a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor. Equal Justice America funds over 175 students per summer. Students must work full time for at least 10 weeks, and stipends are approximately $4,000. The 2012 application deadline is March 19.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program


Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2012 will provide 711 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 education award voucher for spending the summer in a qualifying internship at a non-profit, public interest organization. County, state and nonprofit public defenders qualify for Summer Corps funding, but federal do not. Students must complete 300 service hours to receive the education award voucher, which can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans. The 2012 application deadline is March 23.
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation/Robert E. Lee

Scholarship and Internship Fund


The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation awards stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and

Internship Fund. The Foundation will award at least four $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). Applicants will be considered based on their demonstrated interest in the communications field; having secured or having pending an unpaid summer position for at least 8 weeks with a government agency; their involvement in community activities, their dependence on financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship and community activities. The Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend of $600 for the summer—the Max Paglin Award. Applications must be post-marked by Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.  Winners will be notified by Monday, April 16, 2012.

Google Policy Fellowship


The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, Toronto, or Ottawa, Canada. Fellows will work for 10 weeks over the summer (June – August) of 2012. Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including conducting policy research and analysis; drafting reports and analyses; attending government and industry meetings and conferences; and participating in other advocacy activities. Strong candidates have a demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy, an excellent academic record, professional/ extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise, first-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment. Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500. Applications are due February 3, 2012, by midnight Pacific Time.
Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice


Over the years, this program has placed hundreds of students with public interest organizations that are struggling to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States. The Fellowship funds legal interns at pre-selected public interest organizations nationwide. Students either apply for an internship with a sponsoring organization or may submit a proposal for a student-initiated project. The stipend is between $1,000 and $2,000 for 10 weeks of work, and is paid in two installments by the project. Last year, the deadline was mid-February.
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia


This fellowship is intended to support a law student for work with a public interest organization in the DC-metropolitan area in a position that is otherwise not compensated by the sponsoring entity. Students must secure sponsorship on their own and then apply for funding. Preference will be given to students working with organizations serving the D.C. Latino community among the client base. First and second year students attending accredited law schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are eligible to apply. One or more fellowships in the amount of $5,000 may be awarded by the Foundation. The 2012 application is available here: The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on April 6, 2012.
Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellowship Program


This program awards approximately 6 stipends to students for volunteer summer internships at non-profit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. The stipend can be up to $6,000 for 10 weeks. The application deadline is 5pm ET on March 16, 2012.

New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program



Up to fifty fellows work within New York’s legal system. The term is 9 weeks, and the stipend is $500/week, for a total of $4,500. There is no final application deadline. Hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis with most offers being extended prior to March 31. Applications from first-year law students should be mailed after December 1. The program also offers free housing to financially eligible applicants.
Political Economy Research Center (PERC) for Graduate Fellowship



PERC’s fellowships for graduate students and law students offer the ideal opportunity for those who are interested in researching issues related to natural resources and the environment. Fellows spend 3 months at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper und the supervision of a PERC senior fellow. While there, fellows are required to present 2 to 3 seminars to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana. There are two application deadlines: February 15 for early decision and March 15 for regular decision.
Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) of Chicago Summer Internship



Each summer, PILI funds dozens of 400-hour internships for first and second- year law students from across the country to work at public interest law agencies in the Chicago area. The term is 10 weeks and the stipend is $5,000. Applications can apply to up to eight participating agencies listed in the application materials. Please note, you will need to register on before you can apply. There is an approval process that can take up to 24 hours, longer on weekends and holidays. After registering and receiving approval, you may apply online for summer 2012 PILI internships. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through March.

Robert M. Takasugi Summer Fellowship Program


The Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship promotes the vision and values of public interest legal work in honor of Judge Takasugi, Senior Federal Judge in the Central District of California. From its inception, the Program has selected students from across the nation and funded their summer legal work for the public interest. Fellows must work at a public interest “sponsoring” organization in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, subject to approval by the Fellowship Program. In the past, the Fellowship has approved organizations classified as 501(c)(3)s (by the IRS Code) and public defenders’ offices. The Fellowship funds one or more summer law fellow(s) in amounts up to $5,000 for ten weeks of work. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2012.
South Asian Bar Association Public Interest Fellowship


Funding is available for four first and second year law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public interest. Fellowships are awarded to either law students of South Asian descent working in an unpaid legal internship or those spending at least 10 weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship in the New York area, focusing on the needs of the South Asian community. This program awards 4 fellowships of $4,000 to outstanding law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service to spend their summer working unpaid in NY area public interest sector. Last year, the application was due at the end of March.

WLALA Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, Women’s Lawyer’s Association

of Los Angeles


The WLALA Foundation was established to increase the utility of the law as an instrument of social justice. The Foundation awards the WLALA Fran Kandel

Public Interest Grant to law students for projects that make governmental and social institutions and agencies more accessible and responsive to members of society whose interests are not otherwise adequately recognized or asserted.

The Foundation provides grants for one to three law students working in the public interest arena. Grants fund specific independent projects, usually pursued in conjunction with nonprofit organizations, benefiting the southern

California community. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. The 2012application deadline is 5pm on March 19.


Many law firms offer “split” summer options where students who work for the firm at least half the summer may be funded to work at a nonprofit organization for the remainder of the firm. Some firms designate the nonprofit organization and others allow the student to choose the placement. The following firms have offered such summer programs:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Pro Bono Scholars Program

The Akin Gump Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program is a two-summer program for top law students who show a strong interest in making pro bono an integral part of their Akin Gump careers. The Pro Bono Scholars are rising second-year law students who work both at the firm and at a public interest organization during the summer. The next (rising third year) summer, the Pro Bono Scholars are members of the firm’s regular summer associate program.
Blank Rome Public Interest Fellowship

First-year law students who spend a summer with the firm and receive and accept an offer to return for a second summer are also offered a Blank Rome Public Interest Fellowship. The fellowship allows those students to spend half of their second summer working at a public interest organization while receiving full pay from Blank Rome.
Bradley Arant Bolt Cummings – Douglas Arant Public Interest Fellowship

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. The number of fellowships granted each year is limited and priority is given to second year law students. The summer associate is compensated by the firm while working for the public service organization just as if he or she is working in one of the firm's offices.

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP Public Interest Fellowship

The Cadwalader Public Interest Fellowship is awarded annually to one or two summer associates entering the third year of law school who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing legal work in both the public and private sectors. Each 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 Cadwalader's assistance if necessary. Cadwalader compensates each fellow as a summer associate for the first segment of the summer, and pays an $8,000 grant for the work in the public sector. At the conclusion of the summer, each fellow is eligible for a first-year associate offer together with the rest of his or her class.
Crowell & Moring Summer Public Interest Fellowship

Crowell & Moring offers several of its summer associates a chance to participate in our Public Interest Fellowship program. Summer associates selected as public interest fellows split their summer between the firm and a public interest organization. Over the past several years, approximately one-third of the firm’s summer associates have participated in the program, spending up to five weeks working at a number of nonprofit organizations.
Dewey & LeBoeuf

Summer associates in New York and Washington, DC may apply for
a fully-paid, partial-summer fellowship at an approved public interest
Fenwick & West LLP Diversity Fellowship

Fenwick & West 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.

Candidates must have first accepted an offer from the firm to be a summer associate before they are eligible to apply for the Public Interest Fellowship.

Goodwin Proctor Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color offer three $7,500 awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows are also invited to participate in some summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization. A fourth fellowship is offered in partnership with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

King & Spalding LLP

The firm offers firm-paid public interest externships in the second half of the summer for any interested summer associates.

K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program

The Pittsburgh Foundation and K&L Gates LLP administer the K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship Program. 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 in Pittsburgh. In 2012, each recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000 per week for his or her public interest service.

Miller & Chevalier Summer Public Interest Program

One second year summer associate who elects to spend a full summer with the firm is eligible to participate in its Summer Public Interest Program. The student selected for this program works at full salary for four weeks in the local offices of a public interest organization. Current participating organizations are the Public Defender Service, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and The Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia.
Morgan Lewis’ Public Interest and Community Service (PICS)

Through the PICS program, every summer associate has the option of either participating in the firm’s traditional summer associate program for the full summer or spending the first part of the summer (at least six weeks) in the traditional program, followed by a full-time assignment at a public interest or community service organization. Summer associates who select the PICS option receive a stipend equal to the salary that they would have received at the firm.

Munger Tolles & Olsen LLP

Up to four 1L positions in the firm’s Los Angeles and/or San Francisco offices offered to individuals who show outstanding promise and contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm. Each participant is required to spend a minimum of seven weeks at the firm and then has the option of spending up to four weeks at a nonprofit and receive the same salary.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

The firm offers a limited number of second year law students the ability to participate in our "Public Interest Split Program." The not-for-profit organization is subject to conflicts clearance and approval by the firm. Interested individuals should request consideration for this program at the time of their interview.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Public Interest Fellowships

Each year, Simpson Thacher awards Public Interest Fellowships to a select group of summer associates. The Fellowships support the students’ participation in a significant public service project of their choosing during part of their summer with the firm. All summer associates are invited to apply for a public interest fellowship during the month of January before their summer program. Public Interest Fellows spend eight weeks at Simpson Thacher and the next four to six in public service, during which they continue to receive their full salary.
Steptoe & Johnson Summer Public Service Program

As many as seven summer associates spend a minimum of eight weeks working at Steptoe, followed by four weeks with a public service group of interest to him or her.  Steptoe pays one-half the firm’s regular weekly summer associate salary for each of those four weeks. 

Torys LLP

Some summer associates spend half the summer at the firm and the other half doing legal work for a public interest organization – either locally or internationally – or legal research for a professor at a Canadian law school. Torys will pay the full summer salary to students who participate in a preapproved arrangement or program.

Vinson & Elkins LLP Public Interest Split Summer Program

The firm requires that the first half of the summer be spent in one of its offices, and the second half at a public interest organization approved by the firm and in any U.S. city where the firm has an office. The firm will sponsor two second year law students who are clerking at Vinson & Elkins for the Public Interest Split Summer Program. During the second half of the summer while the student works at the public interest organization, Vinson & Elkins will continue to pay the student the Vinson & Elkins weekly summer associate salary for a maximum of six weeks.

Wiggin & Dana LLP

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.
The Yale New Haven Health System/Wiggin and Dana Diversity Scholar Program is open to a first year law student with an interest in health law. The student will spend the first four weeks of this eight-week program at the New Haven office of Wiggin and Dana and the second four weeks working in The Yale New Haven Health System Legal and Risk Services Department.

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