Summer Funding

The summer is an excellent time to immerse yourself in full-time public service work, apply and further develop your skills, gain experience and make a real difference. There are a number of sources of funding for your summer interest work.

School Sponsored

The Law School administers 12 summer fellowships (some of which will make multiple awards) which are available only to Fordham Law students for full-time public service summer work.  These fellowships further the Law School’s mission to educate attorneys to work “in the service of others.”  Several of the fellowships provide awards to more than one student. 

Access Summer 2015 Guidelines.

The Fordham University School of Law Public Service Summer Fellowships Summer 2015 Guidelines which describes the application process and deadlines and the applications for several of the fellowships is available for download. These fellowships include:

The Ann Moynihan Fellowships are named in honor of the life and work of Ann Moynihan, a devoted and inspiring life-long advocate for the poor, who was a trial and appellate attorney in both the Civil Practice and Criminal Defense Practice for The Legal Aid Society, an Associate Clinical Professor at Fordham Law School, its Associate Dean for Administration, and a founder of Fordham’s Interdisciplinary Center for Family & Child Advocacy.

  • The Moynihan Fellowship at The Legal Aid Society, Civil Practice and Criminal Defense Practice ($5,000  for students who have completed their first year, $6,000 for others), funded by Fordham University School of Law and Friends of Ann Moynihan, is awarded to a student for work with The Legal Aid Society.  Civil Practice and Criminal Defense Practice Fellows will assist lawyers in their representation of low-income people in civil areas such as government benefits and housing, or in criminal defense. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Center’s (DVAC) Summer Fellowships:  Fellowships of $4,000 for a first-year student and $5,000 for an upper-class student are awarded to students who secure summer placements for at least ten weeks in non-profit organizations or government agencies dedicated to protecting the rights of survivors of domestic violence.  Students are selected based on demonstrated interest in domestic violence advocacy and representation. 

Fordham Student Sponsored Fellowship (FSSF): The largest source of funding for Fordham students doing summer public service work.  First-year students receive a fellowship of $4,000 and second year students receive $5,000 for ten weeks of work.  Students obtain their own public service jobs with non-profits and government agencies to be eligible for funding. The positions can be in the metropolitan area, or anywhere in the U.S. or the world.  Judicial internships are not eligible.
Funding for the fellowships is raised by the FSSF, a PIRC student organization, through its annual auction.  The 23rd Annual Public Service Auction will be held on March 6, 2014 it promises to be a fun event attended by students, alumni, faculty, administrators and friends.  Typically, more than $100,000 is raised, including a match by Fordham Law, and up to 50 summer public service fellowships have been awarded yearly.  In order to receive FSSF funding for your public service summer internship, you must volunteer with FSSF and help in the fundraising.  The deadline to commit to FSSF is in the late fall. For more information see FSSF’s website, call 212.636.6971, or email

John M. Cannella Fellowship($4,000 1Ls, $5,000 others) commemorates the life of Judge John Cannella, who devoted his career to working in the public interest, including 31 years of service on the bench of the United State District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The fellowship will be awarded to a student who plans to devote his or her summer to full-time civil legal services work with either a non-profit organization or government agency.  Applicants are expected to have secured a placement before submitting the fellowship application.

Justice John Paul Steves Fellowship Foundation: Provides $5,000 in funding for legal work with either a not-for-profit organization or a governmental agency within the United States or internationally. Applicants are expected to have a secured a placement before submitting the fellowship application.

Leitner Internship Fund. Provides students with up to $5,000 in funding for their international human rights-related internship.  Fellows work full-time for at least ten-weeks at a non-governmental organization, U.N. agency, or other organization working on international human rights issues.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the deadline of March 24, 2014    For information and application, please see

Michael Saperstein Fellowship: 
Funding for one Fellow to work with the New York City Bar's Thurgood Marshall Summer Program, a diversity pipeline program.  First-year recipients receive a summer fellowship of $4,000; second-year students receive $5,000.  The fellowship is funded through an endowment established by Michael Saperstein, an alumnus of the class of 1965.  Contact Assistant Dean Tom Schoenherr in the PIRC at 212.636.6952 or

Milton Pollack Fellowship at US District Court, Southern District of NY:  $4,000 is awarded to a student selected to work full-time in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on a project relating to the court as an institution.

Mulligan Summer Judicial Internship Fellowship ($4,000 for 1Ls and 2Ls) commemorates the life of William Hughes Mulligan, an alumnus of Fordham University and Fordham Law School, a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a Dean of Fordham Law School. This fellowship is available to a first or second year student who is participating in a judicial internship in Summer 2014, either in state or federal court. Applicants are expected to have secured a placement

Rev. George J. McMahon, S.J. Memorial/ U.S. Social Justice Research
administered through the Feerick Center for Social Justice in cooperation with the Fordham Urban Law Journal, provides grants of up to $5,000 to work full-time with a social justice organization in the US and to research a topic related to their work which focuses on American- based solutions to social justice issues, particularly relating to poverty, and most specifically homelessness, hunger or asset preservation for those at the poverty level. Upon returning to Fordham after the summer, the recipient will prepare a paper of publishable quality and work with the editorial board of the Fordham Urban Law Journal to make sure the written paper meets its standard.  The Fellowship is named in honor and memory of the Rev. George J. McMahon, a Jesuit priest who served for almost 20 years as the Vice President for the Lincoln Center campus and was a beloved friend, confidant, and spiritual advisor to  the Law School community.

Thomas J. Concannon Memorial Internship Fund
($4,000) was established through the New York Community Trust/Community Funds, Inc. to support summer internships at the Federal Defenders of New York, Eastern District.  Attorney-in-Charge of that office from 1980 to 2005, Tom Concannon (FLS ’69) inspired many with his dedication to representation, caring and respect for his indigent clients. This fellowship was created to promote the continuation of his valiant efforts.  Applicants must demonstrate an interest in defending the indigent or providing similar public service.

Venable Foundation Fellowship for 1st Year Students ($5000) was created by the partners of the law firm of Venable LLP and provide a stipend to a Fordham Law School 1L student intending to serve in a legal capacity during the summer after first year at a non-governmental organization; non-profit entity; or federal, state, or local government agency, located in one of the cities where Venable LLP maintains an office (Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Rockville, MD, Towson, MD, Tysons Corner, VA).

Firm Sponsored

The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) coordinates the application process of summer public service fellowships funded and administered by law firms and their related foundations. The application process and deadlines for these fellowships will be announced and described in the fall through email to your Fordham Law email account, on the PIRC website, and posted by the CPC on Symplicity.  These fellowships include:

  • Venable Foundation Summer Fellowship:  Initiated by the law firm Venable LLP, it provides a Fordham Law School 1L or 1LE with a $5,000 scholarship to participate in summer public service work. 

View application form.

Government Honors Programs

Some government agencies –at each level of government (federal, state, municipal)-- have developed funded summer internship programs.  An excellent source of information about the programs is the Government Honors and Internship Handbook, Contact the CPC ( or PIRC ( to obtain current user name and password

The Appendix to the Government Handbook and Internship Handbook will list the deadlines by agency and by class year. and the CPC’s Symplicity site may have additional listings for paid positions within government agencies or departments.

Hourly Wage/Salary

Some public service employers are able to pay law students for their work, generally at an hourly rate.  Check Symplicity, maintained by the Career Planning Center, and regularly for updated job listings.

Some private, public interest law firms hire summer associates. The Private Public Interest and Plaintiff’s Firm Guide (made available through the courtesy of the  Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School and the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School) includes a directory of such firms.

Independent Funding

Independent Funding:

Excellent resources to identify summer fellowships are available on

We highlight several of the largest: 

  • Charles H. Revson Law Students Public Interest Fellowship Program (LSPIN):  Provides over 75 stipends of $4,500 to first- and second-year law students attending school in New York and New Jersey who have secured ten-week summer placements with public interest organizations in the New York metropolitan area.  LSPIN grant applications are typically due in mid November, and are submitted to PIRC electronically. You may apply for LSPIN before securing your public interest placement.  Application deadline: typically in November.
  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps:  Provides an educational award of $1,000 to be applied to your law school tuition and may be combined with other fellowship stipends.  Only limited awards are available to fund work with nonprofit public interest organizations.  The deadline is the early spring and will be available online at
  • Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice is a project of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) as part of its tradition of providing legal, political and educational support to the important progressive movements of the day and to strengthen the student’s long-term commitment to promote justice and equity. The $2,000 Fellowship helps support 10 weeks of full-time work (which can be supplemented by other funds secured by you) with any existing organization whose mission addresses the needs of underserved individuals and groups.  The Fellowship encourages applicants to identify grassroots and non-traditional work opportunities for which there is a serious current societal need. Summer 2011 deadline is January 7th. 
  • New Jersey Summer Public Interest Legal Intern Summer Fellowship Program:  Available for internships with New Jersey public interest legal organizations to promote awareness of and commitment to careers in public interest law. 2006 Interns were paid at a rate of $500 per week for rising 2nd year students and $750 per week for rising 3rd year students. Placements are typically for a 10 week period, but frequently can be extended.  All applications are considered in the order in which they are received after November 15th and hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis. Interested students are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • The Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowship Program: The mission of the Fund is to educate law students about the rights and needs of workers. Typically, more than 50 funded ten-week Summer Fellowships were offered in a variety of unions and other legal organizations. The stipend for the ten-week fellowship is $4,500 (which may be supplemented by the organization you are placed with) unless otherwise indicated by the Mentor Organizations who may supplement the stipend.   Information and instructions on how to apply are available at and click on Summer Application Form. The deadline is typically in early January.

Academic credit may be available for public service internships through the Externship Program.