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Summer Public Interest Fellowships
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In keeping with the School of Law’s mission, our faculty is committed to preparing students for careers in public interest, public service, and in public policy reform. The School of Law supports this commitment by offering summer public interest fellowships to qualifying first-year law students, and to second-year students if funding is available.

Through their summer placements, students build substantive expertise and commitment, make valuable professional contacts, and provide vitally needed legal services — often to individuals and communities who otherwise could not afford a lawyer.

Students work full-time in a public interest, governmental or judicial office, for at least 400 hours total. Placements can be anywhere in the country, and on a case-by-case basis, students may receive approval for international placements. During the summer, they learn how to interview and work with clients and supervising attorneys, how to identify legal issues and strategies, how to prepare research memoranda and briefs, and have the opportunity to observe judicial and administrative proceedings.

The School of Law provides Fellows with stipends ranging from $3,000 to $3,500. The School of Law relies on the generosity of its alumni and friends to fund the bulk of the Fellowship Program.

 

To support the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program, donate online or send your tax-deductible contribution made out to the "DC School of Law Foundation" to:

Shelley Broderick, Dean
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Past placements include:

  • ACLU of the National Capital Area
  • Amnesty International
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Council
  • Center for Immigration Law & Practice
  • Council of the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General
  • District of Columbia Office on Human Rights
  • District of Columbia Superior Court
  • Government Accountability Project
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Legal Counsel for the Elderly
  • Manna, Inc.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Program
  • Partnership for Civil Justice
  • Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Need A Fine Fellow?

Qualifying placements include non-profit, government, judicial or legislative entities. The work done by the Fellow must be legal or law-related, and the work must be supervised by an attorney.

If your organization—or one you know—meets these criteria and would like to host a Summer Fellow, please contact Dena Bauman at 202-274-5722 or DBauman@udc.edu.

 

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