Public Interest Summer Programs & Funding Opportunities
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- PSJD Funding Resources
- Summer Funding Sources & Paid Internship Programs
- Law Firms Sponsoring Split Public Interest Summer Programs
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LOYOLA FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Public Interest Law Society Summer Fellowships
The PILS Fellowship is funded through the PILS Auction and other fundraising activities of the Public Interest Law Society. Any interested student may apply for a grant after obtaining a sponsoring organization. Applications are reviewed and recipients selected by a committee consisting of faculty members, students, and administrators. PILS fundraising supports grants to first and second year students who work in non-profit and government offices (excluding judicial offices) nationwide and even internationally. Information regarding how to apply for PILS funding will be distributed via Law School Announcements each year.
- Consumer Antitrust Institute Summer Stipends
The Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies will offer summer stipends to students who work in volunteer or low-paying jobs in the antitrust or consumer protection fields. Two to three stipends, in amounts of $4,000 each, will be available. Students must find their own jobs. The stipends are designed to give students the financial ability to work with non-profit or government agencies in these fields. Agencies such as the American Antitrust Institute, Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Legal Assistance Foundation, Illinois Attorney General's Office, Illinois Commerce Commission, City of Chicago Department of Consumer Services, the Citizens Utility Board, and certain positions with legislatures are just a small, non-exclusive set of the kind of potential opportunities in the field that would be considered for funding. Students are urged to be creative and consider the full range of antitrust and consumer protection positions in Chicago; Washington, DC; and elsewhere throughout the country and abroad. Proposals to fund jobs with private law firms or corporations will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Information regarding how to apply will be distributed via Law School Announcements each year.
- International Law Summer Stipends
The Law School's International Programs Committee will offer summer stipends to students who work in unpaid or low-paying jobs related to international law. Several stipends, usually in amounts of up to $3,000, are typically available. Information regarding how to apply will be distributed via Law School Announcements each year. Read more about the program here or contact Prof. Anne-Marie Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Federal Work Study
Law students may qualify for positions in law school offices, library, as faculty research assistants, and with specified not-for profit community agencies through a program subsidized by federal funding. Only programs listed in the link below under Community Work-Study Jobs will be considered. Law students can request a free RamblerLink account to search for available positions. Please note law students are not auto-packaged with a Federal Work Study allowance. Students interested must first secure a position, determine hours per week and hourly pay, and submit an appeal form to the University Financial Aid office. An approved appeal will reduce your eligibility for the Graduate PLUS loan if you have borrowed up to your cost of attendance. Read more about Federal Work Study here.
EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships
The PILI Summer Internship program places students in designated Chicago area public interest organizations. A PILI Intern (1L or 2L) receives a $6,000 stipend for ten weeks of full time summer work and participates in weekly educational and mentorship programs. Applications are typically accepted beginning on October 15 for 2Ls and on December 1 for 1Ls. The earlier you apply the better your chances of obtaining an internship. For details, please visit PILI's website.
- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) School Year Internships
PILI offers school year internships for 2Ls and 3Ls that pay approximately $3,000 for 200 hours of work at an approved agency during the fall (application available August 1) or spring (application available Nov. 1). For details, please visit PILI's website.
- Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD
The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,212 (approx.) education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a non-profit public interest organization of their choice. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Details, including application deadlines, can be found on the Equal Justice Works website.
- Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Corps
Selected participants will receive intensive training from poverty law experts on housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, Native American and family law. After the training, participants will work for 8-10 weeks at their host organization. Students will receive a $4,000 stipend for 300 hours of work. Learn more here.
- Equal Justice America
Equal Justice America offers fellowships of up to $4,000 to students who work full-time during the summer for an organization providing direct civil legal assistance to the poor (e.g. Chicago Legal Clinic, Aids Legal Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the LAF Chicago and Lifespan Center). EJA also offers $1,500 fellowships for semester-long internships in the fall or spring. Please visit Equal Justice America's website for more information.
- Jack Carey Scholarship, Cook County Public Defenders Association
The Jack Carey Scholarship is available to 2Ls and/or 3Ls with a student license pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711 who are interning at the Cook County Public Defender's Office in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The scholarship awards $2,500 three times per year. Applications are typically due on July 1 for fall internships, on November 1 for spring internships, and April 1 for summer internships. Learn more here.
- ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a full-time, six-week minimum summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students who want to work for a judge in one of the participating cities. A stipend of around $2,000 is awarded for the internship. Applications are typically due in early January. Students are encouraged to apply early. See the ABA Section of Litigation website for more information.
- Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program
The Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program (ESCAP) provides paid, supervised internships with hands-on learning opportunities in the field of child advocacy during the summer months. Students participate in the program in one of two ways: either by working as an intern with an organization or by working on a research project. The program typically pays a stipend of approximately $5,000 for the summer. Learn more here.
- Michigan Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship
The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law 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 the University of Michigan Law School, Fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. For fellows accepted into the program, living expenses during the training session will be covered. Additionally, travel costs to Ann Arbor and then to summer placement will be covered (up to $650). Learn more about the application process here.