Public Interest Scholarships

**Financial Forms**

If you are planning to apply or even thinking about applying to any summer scholarship or fellowship whose funds are dispersed through the school, please complete the attached vendor forms by March 18, 2022 and email them to Ms. Tiffany Harris at  Most summer scholarships or fellowships are distributed towards the end of the summer so, as not to delay your payment, please submit your financial information as soon as possible. Financial forms can be found in the right sidebar.

Howard Public Interest Law Society (HPILS) Public Interest Scholarship

The HPILS Public Interest Scholarship supports students who have summer public interest internships. The following public interest internships are eligible: public interest/non-profit organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, criminal defender and prosecutor agencies and judicial clerkships.  The application process is competitive and reserved for students who can demonstrate a history, commitment, and passion for public interest/public service work.

The deadline for the application is Friday, March 25, 2022 at 12:00pm. 
More information such as eligibility requirements can be found on the HPILS application. 
See here for the HPILS application 2022 Alternative Spring Break Application - Google Forms


Squire Patton Boggs Summer Fellowships

Squire Patton Boggs encourages potential Fellows to visit the Squire Patton Boggs website or the Foundation’s Facebook page for additional information about the Foundation and its Fellows. 

More information about each fellowship including eligibility requirements can be found here. See below for the list of Squire Patton Boggs Summer Fellowships.

Racial Justice Sustained Impact Fellowship

In response to the killing of George Floyd last June, the Fellowship has created three Racial Justice Fellowships.  The Fellow will be placed either with the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law working on voting rights; the Charlottesville Police Department (VA) working on police/African-American community issues; or the Lone Star Justice Alliance in Dallas, Texas working on juvenile justice in communities of color.  Students applying for the Racial Justice Fellowship must be willing to accept a position with any of the three partner organizations. This year the Foundation will award a Sustained Impact Fellowship to a law student to work for 8 weeks during the summer. The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 for his/her work.  It is yet to be determined whether Fellows will be working in-person on virtually.
Deadline: Monday, January 31st, 2022

Puerto Rico Sustained Impact Fellowship

The Sustained Impact Fellowship focuses on post-hurricane disaster relief, community rebuilding and access to justice in Puerto Rico. The Sustained Impact Fellowship partners with two organizations in San Juan, Centro para Puerto Rico and Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico. This year the Foundation, with the Deans’ Circle, will award a Sustained Impact Fellowship to a law student to work for 8 weeks during the summer. The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 for his/her work.  The candidate must be fluent in business Spanish. It is yet to be determined whether Fellows will be working in-person on virtually.
Deadline: Monday, January 31st, 2022

Public Policy Fellowship

In this 22nd anniversary year of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, in conjunction with the Deans’ Circle of the Foundation’s Fellowship Law Schools, Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to make available a Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship for the summer of 2021.  The Fellowship is looking for distinguished students with a passion for public policy public interest work and/or public service.  The student’s passion will be reflected in the internship the student has arranged and their expressed reasons for pursuing the Fellowship.  The Fellowship program enables students to work at least eight weeks during the summer (virtually or in-person) in a public policy position for either a non-profit organization or government institution.  The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 for his/her work during the summer. 
Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 12 p.m. Application can be found here. Submit your application to


John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship

The John Paul Stevens Foundation is pleased to make available the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship to Howard University School of Law for the summer of 2022.  The Foundation will provide three summer stipends of $5,000 each for students who will be working in full-time unpaid public interest law internships during the summer of 2022. Students interested in applying for the Stevens Fellowships will need to secure a full-time, unpaid public interest internship before applying.  Internships can be at government agencies or nonprofit organizations.  Judicial internships are not eligible.  The Fellowship is looking for distinguished students with a passion, commitment, background and dedication to public interest work and/or public service.  For more information about the fellowship see the Stevens Fellowship Brochure

For more information about the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Application, see here.

You can find more information about the John Paul Stevens Fellowship Foundation, its history, and network of 29 participating law schools at


Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) Law Student Fellows

The Black Public Defender Association (BPDA) aims to improve the quality of defense provided to low-income communities across the United States by creating and maintaining a national network of skilled Black public defenders that identify with and are committed to the populations they serve.

BPDA is currently looking for Black law students who have secured or are seeking an unpaid summer internship at a public defender office and have demonstrated financial need to serve as our 2021 BPDA Law Student Fellows. The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the public defense community by giving underrepresented populations an opportunity to gain experience in public defense law practice. Each Fellow will receive up to $5,000 as a summer stipend, participate in an intensive trial skills training program, and be paired with an experienced public defender member of BPDA who will serve as their mentor.

Apply HERE BY March 19, 2021 no later than11:59 PM

Also, law students interested in being added to the BPDA listserv please fill out the form here.


Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Equity and Inclusion Scholarship

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation ("RMMLF") Equity and Inclusion Scholarship was established in 2020 to benefit Black and Indigenous students who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to working in an area of, "natural resources law," which includes oil and gas law, mining law, renewable and other energy law, water law, public land law, environmental law, and related areas. This scholarship will be awarded to one or two JD applicants who meet the criteria attached and who identify as either Black or Indivgenous (including Native American and First Nation). To be eligible for this scholarship a student must be enrolled full time as a JD student at an accredited law school. LL.M. students are not eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship must be used for tuition only or its equivalent and must be paid directly to the student's law school. Scholarships are expected to range between $5,000-$7,000.

For more information about the RMMLF Equity and Inclusion Scholarship, see here.
The deadline for the scholarship is February 28, 2022.


Customs and International Trade Bar Association

The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and the American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG) are committed to diversity and inclusion in the international trade and economic law fields, to ending racism and its effects in our society and to increasing opportunities for attorneys from underrepresented groups in the field who have been adversely affected by racism. To further these goals, CITBA and the ASIL IEcLIG are pleased to announce a joint summer fellowship for first- or second-year law students who are members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the customs and international trade law practice in the United States and that have been adversely affected by racism.

The fellowship is intended to help cover expenses during the student’s summer work experience practicing international trade and economic law with a government agency, public interest organization, or international organization prior to graduation. The fellowship does not provide placement; rather, the student is required to locate and apply for summer internship opportunities. It is not required that applicants have secured placement prior to the fellowship application deadline. The fellowship includes mentorship opportunities from both co-sponsoring organizations and a $1,000 stipend. Two fellowships will be awarded for summer 2022. Applicants must be first- or second-year JD students. Given the constraints of Covid-19, work may be virtual or in-person.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 11:59pm ET. The application is available for download here.
Please direct any questions to


American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship

The Curtin Fellowship is managed by the Commission and awards a $3,500 stipend to three law school students who spend their summer internships in the field preventing homelessness or assisting homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. Examples include but are not limited to legal services/legal aid programs, bar associations, public defender offices, advocacy organizations, etc. Applications are welcome from students working in-person or remotely. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with people experiencing homelessness/poverty or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1 to the program of their choice.

More information about the Curtin Fellowship and the application can be found here: John J. Curtin, Jr. FellowshIip ( Applications are due on Friday, March 25, 2022.


Additional Summer Funding Resources

See here for a google sheet of additional resources.
AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank can be found here.