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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 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.

If you questions about 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.utexas.edu.

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Access to Justice Internship Program

The Access to Justice Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for law students to participate in an internship with nonprofit providers of civil legal services located in areas without a local law school. The goals are to encourage more students to help address the civil legal problems of underserved individuals and communities, and to educate future attorneys about those problems. For the summer of 2014, the Commission has partnered with several legal services programs. Twelve (12) internships will be available. The internships will be open to law school students attending law school throughout the country; however, preference will be given to applicants from Texas law schools. The stipend is $5,000 for 10 weeks in a rural community (limited funding may be available for urban placements). Applications period has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Expired in April

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.

Aug. 1, 2014
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. Applications are available online.
Expired in 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 UT 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.

Expired in 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.

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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.
January
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 instituted 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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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 the Career Services Office (TNH 3.130) either in person or by email 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.

Expirerd 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.

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 25, 2014
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
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.
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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 South Asian American legal professionals in the public interest arena. Applications due by April 1, 2014 to nasabafellowship@gmail.com.
Expired in April

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

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. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014.

Expirerd in March