Funding Summer Public Interest Employment

Funding Through Duke Law:

Dean's Summer Service Grant and the Horvitz Public Law Fellowship: Dean's Summer Service Grant, Horvitz Public Law Fellowship provide new funding for summer 2011. The Law School announces two new programs to support summer work in public service or public law. The Deans Summer Service Grant guarantees $3000 for 2Ls who complete 10 hours of pro bono work this school year and secure a summer position with a public service organization. The Horvitz Public Law Fellowship is a competitive fellowship available to 1Ls and 2Ls whose summer position will contribute to the students understanding of the Constitutional framework. See the web site for qualifying organizations and details; application information will be available soon. Thank you, Dean Levi & Alumnus Rick Horvitz, for making these programs possible.

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program: The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed 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 law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice. Applicants must submit the application to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. All applications must be received by Friday, March 25, 2011.

The Public Interest Law Foundation (“PILF”): PILF is a student-run organization dedicated to helping students finance their summer public interest legal internships. PILF carries out its mission by sponsoring various fundraising events throughout the year, distributing the proceeds as fellowships to both first- and second-year law students.

Burdman/Steckley-Weitzel/Carroll-Simon Endowed Fellowships: Duke Law School is the recipient of three endowments to support fellowships for public interest summer employment. Fellowships are available each year for students seeking public interest summer employment. More information about the endowed fellowships and the selection process is available from the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono.

More information about funding available to only Duke Law Students can be found on the Summer Public Interest Funding page.

Funding opportunities are also available from these outside organizations:

  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program: The EJW AmeriCorps program provides education award vouchers to summer legal interns who complete 300 hours of work at a nonprofit public interest organization. For the 2013-2014 year, participants must serve veterans or victims of disaster for at least 60 hours as part of the 300, though this service can also be completed during the school year.

    Public Interest Law Initiative: The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students. Each summer, PILI funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. The program is open to law students from across the country. The stipend for the 10-week program is $5,000.

  • Additional Sources of Funding Courtsey of PSJD.org: Information for funding based on any geographic location as well as specific geographic regions. Opportunities on these pages cover areas of diveristy, as well as a broad varity of interest areas, such as Immigrant Rights, Education Law and Chidren's Law. These positions come with various stipends and are updated frequently througout the year.