Public Interest Summer Fellowships
The Public Interest Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce the availability of Public Interest Summer Fellowships for students working as volunteers or for marginal pay in the public sector. For the purposes of this fellowship, a public interest position includes working for a non-profit organization providing services to underrepresented clients, groups or interests (e.g. individuals without the financial means to hire an attorney, the elderly, minority groups, etc.) or working for a government entity.
Each year, several public interest summer fellowships are awarded to students. The award amounts vary depending on the funding available. In the past, awards have generally ranged from $1,500 - $2,500. Awards may increase to $4,000 each for 2016 depending on available funding.
Application & Selection Criteria
- Before applying, you must have secured a position as a volunteer or for marginal pay
in a public interest position.
- You must commit to work a minimum of 20 hours a week for ten (10) weeks over the summer in the public interest position.
- Criteria that will be considered during the selection process include factors relevant to the student’s commitment to a public service career and the nature of the position (e.g. whether the position includes working with underrepresented individuals). Commitment may be demonstrated by a number of factors, including:
- Participation in public interest/volunteer activities in college, law school, and outside of school.
- Short essay describing student’s interest in public service and the relationship of the summer employment plans to their career goals.
Demonstrated commitment is a principal criterion for being awarded a fellowship. However, consideration will also be given to applicants who may not have amassed a substantial public interest record, but who have demonstrated their commitment in other ways and/or have explained the circumstances that may have deterred them from participation in such activities in the past in their essay.
Students enrolled in the Public Service Externship Clinic are not eligible to apply for this fellowship award. Students may not receive Federal Work-Study funding during the eight weeks of the fellowship, but may apply for FWS funds for those hours worked once the fellowship period has ended.
Interested students must submit one copy of: 1) a resume, 2) the fellowship application, and 3) an unofficial law school transcript in hard copy to the Office of Professional Development by 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date and time. In addition, hand-written applications will NOT be considered. If you need to attach additional typed sheets to your application, please do so.
Questions about Public Interest Summer Fellowships should be directed to Kelly Tomlinson in the Office of Professional Development.
Students who are awarded a Fellowship will be expected to attend the Student Recognition Banquet on the evening of Friday, April 15, 2016.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Fellowship
In addition to the fellowships listed above, there is an area-specific summer fellowship we anticipate awarding this year.
Interested students must submit one copy of: 1) a resume, 2) the fellowship application, and 3) an unofficial law school transcript in hard copy to the Legal Clinic by 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date and time. In addition, hand-written applications will NOT be considered.
Questions about Alternative Dispute Resolution Fellowship should be directed to Professor Maara Fink in the Legal Clinic.
Students who are awarded a Fellowship will be expected to attend the Student Award Banquet on the evening of Friday, April 15, 2016.
Joel A. and Shirley A. Levine Public Interest Fellowship in Alternative Dispute Resolution
This fund was established to provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Students must have a demonstrated commitment or interest in alternative dispute resolution and a strong academic record with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students may be full-time or part-time. Recipients must work in a supervised position in areas such as:
- A Court-Annexed Program
- The Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section
- Law School Center for Dispute Resolution
- Other with Faculty Approval