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Summer & Term-Time 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 oTexasside 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 oTexas a form or as involved as pTexasting together a detailed packet, complete with statement of interest, proposal for work and oTexasside letters of recommendation. Note that most postgraduate fellowships require applications be received prior to graduation.

If you questions aboTexas any of the fellowships below or would like to have your application and supporting materials reviewed, please contact Nicole Simmons, Director of Public Service Programs, at nsimmons@law.Texasexas.edu.

Fellowships Overview
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Access to Justice Internship Program

The Access to Justice Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for law students to intern with Texas non-profit civil legal services providers. The goals of the internship program are to encourage students to help address the legal problems of underserved individuals and communities and to educate future attorneys about those problems. For the summer of 2015, the Commission will provide approximately 8 internships to law students.  Summer interns will be granted a stipend of $5,000 for 400 hours of work. This year the guidelines are expanded to include applications for interns working in both rural AND urban offices. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2015.

March

Baron & Budd Public Interest Scholarship Program

Administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, the program provides financial support to students who do pro bono work for at least 300 hours during the academic year for a nonprofit public interest organization in central Texas. The Baron & Budd Summer Public Interest Fellowships Program will provide funding for up to four 2Ls and 3Ls.  Scholars will be selected in early August and early September. The first application deadline is noon on Friday, August 1, 2014, and recipients will be announced by Wednesday, August 6. The final application deadline is noon on Friday, August 29, 2014, and the recipients will be announced by Wednesday, September 3.

August
Baron & Budd Summer Public Interest Fellowships Administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, these fellowships provide stipends for up to five students for public interest work with qualified sponsoring organizations. Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue careers in public interest law. Although 1Ls may apply, preference will be given to 2Ls. The stipend will be $4,250 for at least 10 weeks (and a minimum of 400 hours) of work. Baron & Budd Summer Public Interest Fellowships Program Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.
March
Equal Justice America Law Student Fellowships

Funds work aimed at meeting the needs of the poor. Spring fellowships pay up to $1,500 for at least 120 hours work and summer fellowships pay up to $4,000 for 10 weeks of full-time work. Students must line up a placement with an established organization that provides civil legal assistance to the poor and then submit an application to EJA. See list of Texas Law students who have received the fellowships in the past.

Spring Fellowships are considered on a rolling basis. Summer Fellowships are due by March 24, 2014.

March
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program provides law students with the chance to spend their summer working on a legal project at a qualifying nonprofit public interest organization of their choosing.  Summer Corps members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, homeowners facing foreclosure, disaster victims, and those facing other legal issues. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

Applications deadlines are as follows: Fall (start date between September 1 and December 31) has a rolling deadline; Winter (start date between January 1 and April 30) are due by January 15; and Summer (start date between May 1 and June 30) are due by April 15.

Varies
Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice Designed to encourage students to work in the National Lawyers Guild’s tradition of “people's lawyering," this program exists to help students apply their talents and skills to find creative ways to use the law to advance justice. Burns Fellowships provoke law students to question traditional notions of how one must practice law and to provide a summer experience that will enrich and challenge them. Fellowships may be completed with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups. We encourage applicants to identify grassroots and nontraditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. They expect to award five fellowships that provide $2,000 for 10 weeks of full-time work (unless otherwise noted) and encourage students to pursue matching public interest grants or course credit to supplement this stipend.
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Hispanic Bar Association of Austin Foundation Summer Fellowship

The mission of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin Charitable Foundation (HBAA Foundation) is to support charitable and educational services that provide significant benefit to the Hispanic community.  In keeping with its mission, and in an effort to promote the provision of legal services to underserved individuals, many of whom are Hispanic, the HBAA Foundation has established the HBAA Foundation Summer Fellowship.  The fellowship will provide a $4,000 fellowship to one student to work 400 hours at a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit public interest organization. 

Late Spring
Law Firms Several law firms have institTexased programs that enable law students to work part of the summer with the firm, and part of the summer with a public interest organization, with the firm paying the students’ salaries for the entire summer. These generous plans allow law students to explore two types of legal practice and demonstrate the firms’ strong commitment to pro bono work. Most offer sponsored-split summers between a nonprofit and the firm while others will fund fellowships for the whole summer to do public interest work.
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Peggy Browning Fund

The core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2015, they will support between 60 and 70-funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2015-16.

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.
August
Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice Summer Fellowships

These fellowships provide funding for Texas 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 5 p.m. on March 23, 2015.

March
Scott Ozmun Fellowship Provides financial support to a student who works with local law firms on pro bono cases through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. The fellowship recipient works under the supervision of a VLS attorney for a minimum of 300 hours during the academic year, assisting lawyers at local law firms who have agreed to handle pro bono family matters through the VLS Family Law Clinic Program. The Fellow also assists with client intake at the VLS evening legal advice and intake clinics.A strong preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in Spanish.Interested students are welcome to contact past fellow, Abby Anna Batko-Taylor, at abatko-taylor@vlsoct.org.

Applications are due to the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law by noon on Monday, May 11, 2015.

May 11, 2015
SABA North America Public Interest Summer Fellowship The first annual SABA North America Public Interest Summer Fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $3,000 each to two selected Fellowship recipients.  This funding will enable two law students to work full-time at a public interest legal organization during the summer of 2014.  The goal of this fellowship is to support the commitment of SoTexash Asian American legal professionals in the public interest arena. Applications due by April 1, 2014 to nasabafellowship@gmail.com.
April
Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship

The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation is pleased to contribute a fellowship worth $5,000 to support a University of Texas School of 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 this summer. 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. Additional information on the Foundation and its past fellows can be found on the  Foundation's website and Facebook page.

To apply for the fellowship, please submit the following materials to the Career Services Office c/o Sooyeon Kim either in person in TNH 3.130, or by email to cso@law.utexas.edu:

  1. Resume;
  2. Law school transcript;
  3. 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;
  4. List of three references; and
  5. 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 Friday, March 13, 2015.

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 Texas community, from Austin businesses, and from the legal field to fund public interest fellowships for Texas 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. Applications are due by March 27, 2015. For more information, contact texaslawfellowships@gmail.com.

March

Texas Law CSO Study Break Public Service Stipend

The Texas 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.

April

Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Administered by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, this program provides funding for students between their second and third years of law school who intend to pursue careers in public interest law. The program will provide stipends for up to six 2Ls for public interest work with qualified sponsoring organizations. The summer 2014 stipend will be $4,250 for at least 10 weeks (and a minimum of 400 hours) of work.Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships Program Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015.

March