Experience tells us that summer jobs are among the most effective training grounds for building student expertise and commitment, make valuable professional contacts, and provide vitally needed legal services - often to individuals who otherwise could not afford a lawyer. Unfortunately, the very organizations and agencies most engaged in this type of work, and most in need of student support, often cannot afford to pay students for their work. To address this operational paradox, several years ago, our School of Law began to raise funds from law firms, friends and alumni to provide Summer Public Interest Fellowships. Based on the success of this experience, the School of Law now supports Fellowships for all qualifying first year students - and for as many second year students as possible.
Students receiving the Fellowships work full-time, for a minimum of ten weeks, supervised by an attorney, in support of a public interest, governmental or judicial office. The School of Law provides stipends to Fellows in the amount of $4,000. Recent placements have included: Advocacy Incorporated; AFGE Local 12; Cache County Attorney; CAIR Coalition; Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services; Center for Constitutional Rights; Childon County District Attorney's Office; The Children's Law Center; Clark Co. Public Defender's Office; Community Service and Development Clinic; D.C. City Council; D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings - Judge Mahon; D.C. Office of the Attorney General; Montgomery County Public Defender's Office - Juvenile Division; Neighborhood Legal Services Program; Polaris Project; Public Defender's Office of Santa Clara County, CA; Public Defender Service of DC; Rappahannock Legal Services; UDC-DCSL HIV/AIDS Clinic; and UDC-DCSL Juvenile and Special Education Clinic.
The Joseph L. Rauh Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program enables students to spend their summers building expertise and making valuable professional contacts while providing vitally needed legal services, often to individuals who otherwise could not afford a lawyer.