Summer Public Interest Funding

The application for Summer 2015 Public Interest Funding is will be live in January, 2015 on Symplicity. Please see the side bar of this page for directions on how to apply. Remember: the applicaiton deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2015. 

EARLY BIRD BONUS: Students who complete the application process by noon on Monday, March 16th will receive a $50 bonus IF THEY ARE AWARDED summer funding; this is intended to expedite the review process for the selection committee.

Duke Endowed Public Interest Summer Fellowships

These Summer Fellowships are made possible through endowments to Duke Law School from generous alumni donors. To qualify for these Fellowships, applicants must secure a summer position with a non-profit, NGO, or government organization in the US or abroad; judicial clerkship positions are not eligible for these Fellowships. Open to 1Ls and 2Ls; full summer (10 weeks at 40 hours per week) and split summer arrangements are eligible. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to developing a career in the public interest. These are competitive Fellowships, with a preference for 2Ls. The funding committee will consider student involvment in public interest and pro bono activities when weighing applications for Endowed Public Interest Summer Fellowships, including participation in: PILF, the Public Interest Retreat, Career Center programming on "Finding and Funding Summer Public Interest Work," the Government & Public Interest Careers Speakers Series, the Duke Law Pro Bono Project (performing pro bono hours, as well as participating in pro bono student group leadership), and prior public interest work and volunteer work. 

Horvitz Public Law Fellowships

Funding for Horvitz Fellowships is made possible through a donation by alumnus Rick Horvitz '78. These Fellowships may be awarded to 1L and 2L students who secure summer positions related to public law, including positions with: State Attorneys General and Solicitor Generals; Department of Justice; other Federal positions where the work is related to Constitutional matters; federal executive branch office internships, including positions with the White House or Cabinet offices; and positions with organizations that work on issues of federalism, civil liberties, or other constitutional law-related issues. Full summer (10 weeks at 40 hours per week) and split summer arrangements are eligible. Summer judicial clerkships are not eligible for this funding. This is a competitive Fellowship, with a preference for 2Ls.

Dean's Summer Service Grants (2Ls only)

The Dean's Service Grant guarantees summer funding to 2L students who secure a qualifying public service position for the summer, including: local, state, or federal government; not-for-profit organizations or non-governmental organizations (including international); and summer judicial internships. Students must commit to at least 10 weeks at 40 hours per week in order to qualify for a full Grant; funding may be pro-rated for lesser commitments or split summers. Students must complete at least 10 hours of pro bono service within the school year prior to the application deadline (coordinated with and tracked by the PIPB Office). Students may seek additional funding outside the Law School (e.g., from employers directly, Equal Justice Works Summer Grants, Stanback Fellowships, etc.) up to a total amount of $5000 (i.e., up to $2000 in other funding) without a reduction in the Grant amount.

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)

PILF is a student-run fundraising organization whose mission is to raise money to award fellowships to 1L and 2L students who accept unpaid summer public interest internships. Summer judicial clerkships are not funded. Any student who contributes at least 20 volunteer hours to PILF’s annual fundraising efforts is guaranteed a full PILF grant, awarded out of of the funds raised by the organization that year. PILF’s largest annual fundraiser is its Auction & Gala, held each February. For students that receive other funding, including funding from other Duke Law sources, PILF will award a smaller “thank you grant” to acknowledge their help in raising the funds. Grant amounts are determined by how much is raised and how many students complete their hours and are eligible for funding. PILF volutneer fundraising hours do not count towards pro bono hours, and pro bono hours do not count towards PILF fundraising hours. Learn more about PILF

Stanback Internship Program, Environmental Law and Policy

The Stanback Internship Program is administered by the Nicholas School of Environment and is available to graduate-level Duke students. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for 11 weeks of work with one of more than 50 Stanback-approved environmental organizations. Split summers may be pro-rated. Stanback projects are not law-exclusive; some involve science, policy, advocacy and other conservation-related work. Learn more about the program

PSJD.org

This website has a comprehensive list of summer funding resources tied to particular internships, types of work or geographic locations. See “Funding and Debt” under the Resource Section of the website.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD

The EJW AmericCorps 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 were instructed to 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. More information regarding the 2014-2015 program will be up soon.

Application Instructions

  1. Log on to Symplicity. Choose the "Jobs/Resume Collect" tab, and search for "Duke Law Summer Funding 2014" (include the quotation marks and the entire search phrase in the search box in order to easily locate the posting);
  2. Fill out and save the Duke Summer Fellowship Application 2014 (available by link at the top of this webpage, as well as in the posting on Symplicity);
  3. Be sure that your application form includes your personal statement (as a part of the form, NOT as a separate document);
  4. Click "Apply" and upload your Resume;
  5. Upload your completed Application Form as document type COVER LETTER (you do not actually need a cover letter); and
  6. Upload your offer letter/email from your summer employer as document type OTHER.
  7. After you have uploaded the documents, click SUBMIT. If you have correctly completed the process of uploading your Resume, Application Form, and Offer Letter, Symplicity will reflect that you have "Applied" for Summer Public Interest Funding.

TIPS:  Make sure to upload your resume and application form as WORD documents (NOT PDFs). Some offer letters are WORD or PDF files that are very large, typically because of employer logos; if you have trouble uploading these try saving them as a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat where you should have an option to save it as smaller size file.

Questions?

If you have any questions about summer public interest and public service fellowship opportunities, please see Stella Boswell, Director, Office of Public Interest Advising, Emily Sharples, Manager, Office of Public Interest Advising, or Dean Kim Bart in the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono.