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, you must complete vendor forms for payment early. 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 of this page.

 

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. More information, such as eligibility requirements, can be found on the HPILS application. 
 

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 Citizen Complaint Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio, working on police–minority 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 eight (8) weeks during the summer. The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 for their work.  It is yet to be determined whether Fellows will be working in-person or virtually.

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 eight (8) weeks during the summer. The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 for their work.  The candidate must be fluent in business Spanish. It is yet to be determined whether Fellows will be working in-person on virtually.

Veterans Justice Sustained Impact Fellowship

This year is the inaugural year for the Foundation’s newest fellowship, the Veterans Justice Sustained Impact Fellowship. Students selected for this fellowship will work with the non-profit organization, Swords to Plowshares, located in San Francisco which is dedicated to supporting veterans and their families.  The Foundation will award a Veterans Justice Sustained Impact Fellowship to a law student to work for eight (8) weeks during the summer. The selected Fellow will receive $5,000 for their work.  It is yet to be determined whether Fellows will be working in-person on virtually.

Public Policy Fellowship

The Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy 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 for the Summer and their expressed reasons for pursuing the Fellowship. The Fellowship program enables students to work at least eight (8) 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 their  work during the Summer. 

 

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.  The Foundation will provide three (3) Summer stipends of $5,000 each for students who will be working in full-time unpaid public interest law internships during the Summer. Students interested in applying for the Stevens Fellowships will need to secure a full-time, unpaid public interest internship before applying.  Internships may 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 http://www.jpstevensfoundation.org/