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Independent Funding:

Excellent resources to identify summer fellowships are available on PSJD.org at  http://www.psjd.org/Funding_&_Debt

We highlight several of the largest: 

  • Charles H. Revson Law Students Public Interest Fellowship Program (LSPIN):  Provides over 75 stipends of $4,500 to first- and second-year law students attending school in New York and New Jersey who have secured ten-week summer placements with public interest organizations in the New York metropolitan area.  LSPIN grant applications are typically due in mid November, and are submitted to PIRC electronically. You may apply for LSPIN before securing your public interest placement.  Application Guidelines and Instructions are available here. Application deadline: typically in November.
  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps:  Provides an educational award of $1,000 to be applied to your law school tuition and may be combined with other fellowship stipends.  Only limited awards are available to fund work with nonprofit public interest organizations.  The deadline is the early spring and will be available online at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps
  • Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice is a project of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) as part of its tradition of providing legal, political and educational support to the important progressive movements of the day and to strengthen the student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equity. The $2,000 Fellowship helps support 10 weeks of full-time work (which can be supplemented by other funds secured by you) with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups.  The Fellowship encourages applicants to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. Summer 2011 deadline is January 7th. 
  • New Jersey Summer Public Interest Legal Intern Summer Fellowship Program:  Available for internships with New Jersey public interest legal organizations to promote awareness of and commitment to careers in public interest law. 2006 Interns were paid at a rate of $500 per week for rising 2nd year students and $750 per week for rising 3rd year students. Placements are typically for a 10 week period, but frequently can be extended.  All applications are considered in the order in which they are received after November 15th and hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis. Interested students are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications available here
  • The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowship Program: The mission of the Fund is to educate law students about the rights and needs of workers. Typically, more than 50 funded ten-week Summer Fellowships were offered in a variety of unions and other legal organizations. The stipend for the ten-week fellowship is $4,500 (which may be supplemented by the organization you are placed with) unless otherwise indicated by the Mentor Organizations who may supplement the stipend.   Information and instructions on how to apply are available at http://peggybrowningfund.org/ and click on Summer Application Form. The deadline is typically in early January.