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Public Interest Summer Programs & Funding Opportunities

Loyola is a subscriber to PSJD which gives students access to a searchable database of thousands of domestic and international public interest organizations and employment opportunities. The website also contains resources for summer funding available for work in any geographic location or for work in a specific geographic location, a listing of law firms sponsoring split public interest summer programs, and a comprehensive global web directory of governmental and non-governmental organizations. 



  • Public Interest Law Society Summer Fellowships
    The PILS Fellowship is Loyola's own, funded through the PILS Auction and other fundraising activities of the Public Interest Law Society. Any interested student may apply for a grant after obtaining a sponsoring organization. Applications are reviewed and recipients selected by a committee consisting of faculty members, students, and administrators. In recent years, PILS fundraising has supported 10-12 grants to first and second year students who have worked in non-profit and governmental law offices nationwide and even internationally.
  • Consumer Antitrust Institute Summer Stipends
    The Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies will offer summer stipends to students who work in volunteer or low-paying jobs in the antitrust or consumer protection fields. Two to three stipends, in amounts of $4,000 each, will be available.

    Students must find their own jobs. The stipends are designed to give students the financial ability to work with non-profit or government agencies in these fields. Agencies such as the American Antitrust Institute, Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Legal Assistance Foundation, Illinois Attorney General's Office, Illinois Commerce Commission, City of Chicago Department of Consumer Services, the Citizens Utility Board, and certain positions with legislatures are just a small, non-exclusive set of the kind of potential opportunities in the field that would be considered for funding. Students are urged to be creative and consider the full range of antitrust and consumer protection positions in Chicago; Washington, DC; and elsewhere throughout the country and abroad. Proposals to fund jobs with private law firms or corporations will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Information regarding how to apply will be distributed via Law School Announcements emails. Application materials are typically due in March.
  • International Law Summer Stipends
    The Law School's International Programs Committee will offer summer stipends to students who work in unpaid or low-paying jobs related to international law. Approximately five stipends, in amounts of up to $3,000, will be available.

    Information regarding how to apply will be distributed via Law School Announcements emails. Application materials are typically due in April. Please feel free to contact Prof. Haney at thaney@luc.edu if you have any questions about the program.
  • Federal Work Study
    Law students may qualify for positions in law school offices, library, as faculty research assistants, and with specified not-for profit community agencies through a program subsidized by federal funding. Only programs listed in the link below under Community Work-Study Jobs will be considered. Law students can request a free RamblerLink account to search for available positions. Please note law students are not auto-packaged with a Federal Work Study allowance. Students interested must first secure a position, determine hours per week and hourly pay, and submit an appeal form‌ to the University Financial Aid office. An approved appeal will reduce your eligibility for the Graduate PLUS loan if you have borrowed up to your cost of attendance.

    More information on Federal Work Study.



  • IABA-Chicago Fellowship
    The IABA-Chicago Fellowship provides a $1,500 grant to a law school student who works in an unpaid or low-paid summer position benefiting the public interest. Work benefiting the South Asian community is preferable but not required. All 1L and 2L law students are urged to submit an application (students do not need to be of South Asian descent to apply). The application should take less than one hour to complete. Additionally, to promote the grant recipient’s exposure to public interest law, the selected applicant must commit to volunteering at least 6 hours total between June to December in support of IABA-Chicago’s pro bono activities, including the Cyriac Kappil Clinic, as the IABA-Chicago Summer Intern. For more information see: http://iabachicago.org/public-interest/.

  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Summer Internships
    The PILI Summer Internship program places students in designated Chicago area public interest organizations.  A PILI Intern (1L or 2L) receives a $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full time summer work and participates in weekly educational and mentorship programs. Applications are typically accepted beginning on October 15 for 2Ls and on December 1 for 1Ls. The earlier you apply the better your chances of obtaining an internship. For details, please visit PILI's website at http://www.pili.org.
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) School Year Internships
    PILI offers school year internships for 2Ls and 3Ls that pay approximately $2,500 for 200 hours of work at an approved agency during the fall or spring. For details, please visit http://www.pili.org.

  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps 
    The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 (approx.) education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a non-profit public interest organization of their choice. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Details, including application deadlines, can be found on the Equal Justice Works website
  • Equal Justice America
    Equal Justice America offers fellowships of up to $4,000 to students who work full-time during the summer for an organization providing direct civil legal assistance to the poor (e.g. Chicago Legal Clinic, Aids Legal Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the LAF Chicago and Lifespan Center). Please visit Equal Justice America's website for more information. Applications for summer fellowships are typically due in March.
  • National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship
    The Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice has its roots in the National Lawyers Guild's established tradition of providing legal, political, and educational support to the important progressive movements of the day. Fellowships provide $2,000 for 10 weeks of full-time work. For more details, visit http://www.nlg.org/law-students/fellowships. Applications are typically due in mid-January.
  • Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship
    The Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Fellowship was established by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP/NLG), to commemorate the life and legal contributions of Michael Maggio and to continue his pursuit for equality and peace. The Fellowship awards $2,500 to a law student to work on an immigration related student-initiated project. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks. The student's proposal must include a collaborative plan with the host organization to partially match the amount of $1,500. This matching may be done by either direct stipend by the host organization or through other means, e.g. law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. This ensures that the student will receive total funding in the amount of $4,000. To learn more about the Fellowship and to download the application form, visit www.maggiofellowship.org. The fellowship will be awarded to one law student each summer to work on a student-initiated project. Applications for the fellowship are typically due in January or February (see the application form for details).
  • Jack Carey Scholarship, Cook County Public Defenders Association
    The Jack Carey Scholarship is available to 2Ls and/or 3Ls with a student license pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 711 who are interning at the Cook County Public Defender's Office in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The scholarship awards $2,500 three times per year. Applications are typically due on July 1 for fall internships, on November 1 for spring internships, and April 1 for summer internships. Visit this site for more information.
  • ABA Division for Public Services Clerkship
    The Division for Public Services Clerkship is a unique program designed for law students to engage in an individualized public interest legal research and writing project in Washington, D.C. Applications for the summer are typically due in May.   To learn more, please visit the ABA Division of Public Services website. 
  • ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
    The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a full-time, six-week minimum summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students who want to work for a judge in one of the participating cities. A stipend of around $2,000 is awarded for the internship. Applications are typically due in early January. Students are encouraged to apply early as the first 500 applicants are guaranteed a screening interview. See the ABA Section of Litigation website for more information.
  • ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Summer 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 (approx.) stipend to students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or other 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 exposure in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law which further the goals of social justice.

    The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May and October to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit the application available online to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Applications are typically due in mid-March. For more information, visit the ABA's website.
  • Dr. M.L. "Hank" Henry, Jr., Fund for Judicial Internships
    A $4,000 stipend will be awarded to a qualified law student to support a 10-week summer judicial fellowship in New York City under the auspices of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Law Association Foundation of Greater New York ("LeGal Foundation"). The program will be designed to give the fellows exposure to a variety of courts or tribunals. Applications can be downloaded from the LeGal Foundation's website. Applications are typically invited beginning in late November each year with selections for the summer usually made by early February.
  • Georges Fellowship for Conservation at the John G. Shedd Aquarium
    Shedd Aquarium, through a grant from the Georges Foundation, is pleased to offer the Georges Fellowship for Conservation, a summer fellowship opportunity, to a qualified candidate selected through a competitive application process. The Georges Fellowship includes an eight-week summer fellowship with Shedd's conservation department focusing on environmental policy issues, mentoring by a practicing environmental law attorney, and a $5,000 stipend. The eight-week fellowship is granted to one law student every summer. The fellow produces a white paper on a topic the aquarium chooses and receives guidance from a mentor at Jones Day through its pro bono program. Download and print the fellowship application here Applications are typically due in mid-February.
  • Internal Revenue Service
    The Summer Legal Intern Program is available for first and second year law students in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, National Office in Washington, DC and select cities around the nation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Submit in early fall (2Ls) or after December 1 (1Ls) for best consideration. Visit the IRS's website for more information. 
  • Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Competition
    FTC Bureau of Competition applications are typically due in mid-September for 2Ls and early February for 1Ls. For more information, please visit the Bureau of Competition's website.
  • Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Consumer Protection
    FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection applications are typically due in mid-September for 2Ls. 
    Applicants are encouraged to apply early. For more information, please visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection's website.
  • The Adoption & Child Welfare Jobsite
    Managed by the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, the Adoption & Child Welfare Jobsite is a one-stop matching program that connects law students and graduate social work students with adoption and child welfare employers across the country. The Adoption JobSite matches qualified students for summer employment or internships - both paid and volunteer positions. Adoption JobSite services are free to students and employers.
  • Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program
    Legal Services of New Jersey sponsors a paid summer intern program, awarding summer intern fellowships in New Jersey public interest legal organizations to rising 2Ls and 3Ls. Applications are considered and hiring decisions are typically made on a continuing basis from mid-November until all positions are filled (usually by mid-April). Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. For more information, visit the Legal Services of New Jersey website.
  • Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program
    The Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program (ESCAP) provides paid, supervised internships with hands-on learning opportunities in the field of child advocacy during the summer months. Students participate in the program in one of two ways: either by working as an intern with an organization or by working on a research project. The program typically has between 10 and 15 positions paying a stipend of approximately $5,000 for the summer. The deadline for student applications is typically early December. Visit the website to find out more about the program.
  • Michigan Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship
    The Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship is committed to inspiring the best and brightest law students to pursue careers in child welfare law. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much needed services to various child welfare offices specializing in representing children, parents, and social service agencies. After attending a three-day training session at the end of May at the University of Michigan Law School, Fellows spend at least 10 weeks at their placements. For fellows accepted into the program, living expenses during the training session will be covered. Additionally, travel costs to Ann Arbor and then to summer placement will be covered (up to $500). Funding for summer stipends is expected but limited. Applications are typically due in early February. Visit the website for more information on the application process.