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Summer and Term-Time Fellowships | Postgraduate Fellowships

Due to budgetary constraints of public interest organizations and government agencies, many public service summer and postgraduate positions are unpaid. However, law students and graduates can receive funding from outside resources to work at public service organizations during the summer or for a prescribed amount of time after graduation. This funding is typically awarded as a fellowship.

The process of securing a fellowship is much like the job search process. First, you must research fellowships and find one for which you may be qualified and best suits your career goals. The application process can be as simple as filling out a form or as involved as putting together a detailed packet, complete with statement of interest, proposal for work and outside letters of recommendation. Note that most postgraduate fellowships require applications be received prior to graduation.

Below are lists of some of the fellowships most popular with UT Law students. For a comprehensive list of available fellowships, please visit the Public Service Job Directory (PSJD) or review Chapter 10 of Harvard’s publication, Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide, which is available in the CSO eResource Library.

If you questions about any of the fellowships below, please contact Denyse Demel, Government Career Counselor, at ddemel@law.utexas.edu.

Summer and Term-Time Fellowships Overview
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Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship

The Patton Boggs Foundation is pleased to contribute a fellowship worth $5,000 to support a UT Law student who has completed either his/her first or second year of law school and will be working on public policy and related matters for a government agency, international organization or nonprofit public interest organization. A preference will be given to veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars and students pursuing public service opportunities with organizations focused on business-related public policy issues, including economic development, banking, finance, community development, property and tax.

To apply for the fellowship, please submit the following materials to cso@law.utexas.edu:

  1. Resume;
  2. Statement of interest—two to three double-spaced pages describing the organization you will work for, the type of work you anticipate you will be doing, why you are interested in the position and your long-term career goals. Also include the information on the length of your internship and whether you are receiving any pay or funding;
  3. List of three references; and
  4. Supporting statement from your sponsoring organization—confirming your offer, identifying your supervising attorney, and indicating the type of legal work you will do during your internship.

Applications should be submitted by noon on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Expired in March
Peggy Browning Fund

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1Ls and 2Ls who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers' rights, which will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.

Expired in January
Public Service Scholars Program Administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, this program provides five $4,000 scholarships to 2Ls and 3Ls with a demonstrated commitment to studying and working in public service and promoting it at the Law School. Scholars are selected based on their commitment to public service (nonprofit, government and legislative settings), financial need, and academic credentials.
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Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice Summer Fellowships

These fellowships provide funding for UT Law 1Ls and 2Ls working in international human rights (including within the United States) connected to the Center's mission of serving as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. Applications are due by March 17, 2014.

Expired in March

Texas Law Fellowships

Texas Law Fellowships (TLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that sponsors public interest fellowships for students at The University of Texas School of Law. Every year since 1988, TLF has raised money from the UT community, from Austin businesses, and from the legal field to fund public interest fellowships for UT law students. We raise most of our funds from Fall Auction and the Spring Pledge Drive. Top applicants will receive a $4,000 grant to work 10 weeks (400 hours) of full-time, unpaid work at a public interest organization or government agency over the summer. Application period is March 4-21, 2014. For more information, contact texaslawfellowships@gmail.com.

  • Information sessions will be held March 4 from noon-1:00 p.m. in TNH 3.124 and March 5 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in TNH 3.124.
Expired in March

UT Law CSO Study Break Public Service Stipend

The UT Law CSO Study Break Public Service Stipends will be funded by donations from sponsors of Study Break. Students who are selected to participate in the program will receive a stipend of up to $4,000 to support at least 8 to 10 weeks of work in unpaid legal internships with a government agency or a 501(c)(3) public interest organization. Internships with judicial courts are not eligible. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Expired in April

Postgraduate Fellowships

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Presidential Management Fellows Program

The purpose of the program is to attract to the federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Applications are available online.

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