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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.

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

School Sponsored

The application deadline for these fellowships has passed. The application for Summer 2022 should open in January 2022.

 

Summer Fellowships Descriptions

 

Ann Moynihan Fellowship at The Legal Aid Society, Civil or Criminal Defense Practice ($5,000 for 1Ls, $6,000 for others) commemorates the life and work of Ann Moynihan, a life-long advocate for the poor, trial and appellate attorney in both the Civil and Criminal Defense Practices of The Legal Aid Society, Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Administration at Fordham Law School, and co-founder of Fordham’s Interdisciplinary Center for Family & Child Advocacy.  The Fellow will assist lawyers in their representation of low-income people in either civil areas such as government benefits and housing or in criminal defense. 

 

The Dean Thomas Schoenherr Honorary Summer Fellowship ($5000) This fellowship honors the founder and former assistant dean of the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), Dean Thomas Schoenherr. It was created from numerous donations by those who know and love “Tom”, at his retirement after 30 years of service. Dean Schoenherr has spent his life and career advancing social justice by dramatically improving the public interest law school landscape. His tremendous influence can be seen throughout FLS, in the thousands of alumni he has guided, and at law schools across the country. The student chosen for this fellowship will embody Dean Schoenherr’s dedication to public interest legal work. The fellow will be expected to write a summary of their summer work as part of a letter to Dean Schoenherr. Placements may include government agencies and non-profit organizations but not judicial chambers.

 

The Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) Summer Fellowship ($4,000 for 1Ls, $5,000 for others) is awarded to Fordham Law students who secure summer placements for at least ten weeks in organizations or agencies dedicated to protecting the rights of survivors of domestic violence.  Students are selected based on demonstrated interest in domestic violence advocacy and representation. 

 

The Edward G.H. and Sylvia Fung Chin Fellowship ($5000) was established by Sylvia Fung Chin (FLS ’77) in memory of her husband Edward G.H. Chin (FLS ’77). The fellowship is awarded to a student who devotes his or her summer to full time civil public service work.  Qualifying placements include unpaid work at nonprofit organizations and government agencies but not judicial chambers. Applicants must secure a placement before submitting the fellowship application. The selected fellow will be expected to write a thank you note to Ms. Chin.

 

Feerick Center Mayo Crowe Fellowship ($5,000) Established by Mayo Crowe LLC, this fellowship enables a rising 2L, 3L, or 4L to spend their summer working at the Feerick Center for Social Justice in connection with its social justice projects. See Feerick Center’s website for additional information. The selected fellow will write a letter report to the donor.

 

The FLAA Irish Soda Bread Fund Summer Fellowship ($5000) was created by the Fordham Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, with additional funding from other alumni in the FLS community, to provide financial support for students’ public interest work (at a non-profit or government agency) over the summer. Selected fellows will be asked to present at an annual FLAA meeting in the fall. 

 

The Hon. Denny Chin Public Interest Fellowship ($5000) celebrates Judge Chin's 25 years of dedicated service on the bench of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, respectively. Placements may include government agencies and non-profit organizations but not judicial chambers. Applicants must secure a placement before submitting the fellowship application. The fellow will be asked to write a thank you note to Judge Chin and donors.

 

The Honorable Kevin J. Quaranta Fellowship ($5,000) commemorates the life of Justice Quaranta who distinguished himself in public service through the Army Judge Advocate General Corps, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, and as a town justice.  Judge Quaranta was a strong supporter of social justice, which he learned from his mother, Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta, who was dean of the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and was a founding board member of the Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice.  The fellowship will be awarded to a student who plans to devote his or her summer to full time civil public service work with a nonprofit organization.  Funded by the family of Justice Quaranta in honor of his life and work, the Fellow will work on a substantive project focused on a social justice issue within the scope of the Feerick Center.  Potential areas include access to justice, economic justice, domestic violence, and unaccompanied immigrant children and immigrant families.  Applicants are expected to have secured a placement before submitting the fellowship application.

 

The Honorable Ruben Martino Fellowship ($5000) commemorates the life and work of Judge Ruben Martino, a wise, kind and brilliant jurist whose life exemplified the pursuit of equal justice.  Judge Martino grew up in the South Bronx and served as an advocate for low-income clients as a staff attorney for Bronx Legal Services and later a staff attorney and supervising attorney for Bronx Legal Aid.  Judge Martino was appointed a Housing Court Judge in 1994 and a Family Court Judge in 2003.  He was a member of both the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the Latino Judges Association. The Fellowship seeks to encourage first generation law students, as well as law students from communities that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Read More

 

John M. Cannella Fellowship ($5,000) commemorates the life of Judge Cannella, who devoted his career to public service, including 31 years of service on the bench of the United State District Court for the Southern District of New York. The fellowship is awarded to a student who devotes his or her summer to full time civil public service work.  Placements may include government agencies and non-profit organizations but not judicial chambers. Applicants must secure a placement before submitting the fellowship application. The selected fellows will be asked to write a thank you note to donors.

 

Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship Foundation ($5,000) provides three Fellows with funding for legal work with either a non-profit or a governmental agency within the United States or internationally. Stevens Fellowships shall not be awarded to judicial externs, and the fellowship may not be combined with any other source of funding (including Fordham Law School, payment from an employer, or payment from any other funder or organization). Applicants are expected to secure a placement before submitting the fellowship application. Selected students are expected to send a thank you note and brief report/summary of their internship at the end of the summer.

 

Kirpalani Summer Fellowship ($4,500 for 1Ls, $5,000 for others) Susheel Kirpalani '94 is a generous donor to Fordham Law School and recognizes the great importance of public interest work. Mr. Kirpalani cares deeply about using his financial means to support public interest work, particularly for students engaged in public interest summer internships. Kirpalani Fellows will be required to send a thank you note to Mr. Kirpalani (prior to receipt of the funding) and attend an organized breakfast/lunch to meet Mr. Kirpalani. Qualifying summer work includes unpaid work at a non-profit organization or government agency.

 

Kirpalani Summer Fellowship in Housing Law ($4,500 for 1Ls, $5,000 for others) Susheel Kirpalani '94 is a generous donor to Fordham Law School and recognizes the great importance of public interest work. Mr. Kirpalani cares deeply about using his financial means to support public interest work, particularly for students engaged in public interest summer internships. Kirpalani Fellows will be required to send a thank you note to Mr. Kirpalani (prior to receipt of the funding) and attend an organized breakfast/lunch to meet Mr. Kirpalani. Qualifying summer work includes unpaid work on housing law issues at a non-profit organization or government agency. The work must be centered on housing law. Housing law is an exciting, timely, and critically important area of law—this fellowship provides funding specifically for students to intern at an organization doing this work.

 

Leitner Summer Fellows Program provides students with up to $5,000 in funding to participate in an international human rights-related internship during the summer.  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. The application deadline is April 16, 2021. For information and application, please see http://www.leitnercenter.org/summer-internships/.

 

Leo Greenberg, LAW ‘05 Public Interest Fellowship ($5,000) Established through a generous donation from Leo Greenberg, LAW ’05, this fellowship provides financial support to a current Fordham Law student who devotes his or her summer to full time public service work at a non-profit or government agency. Applicants must secure a placement before submitting the fellowship application. The selected fellow will be expected to write a detailed thank you note to Mr. Greenberg.

 

Lillian Rosenbaum Gabriner LAW’25 Summer Fellowship Fund ($5,000) Established by her grandson Peter Friedman and his family, the Lillian Rosenbaum Gabriner, LAW’25 Summer Fellowship honors Ms. Rosenbaum’s legacy as one of Fordham Law School’s earliest women graduates. Preference is given to a woman student who is the first of her family to attend law school and who will be working with a non-profit organization that works in one of four areas--immigration, voting rights, criminal justice reforms, or wrongful convictions. Learn more about Ms. Rosenbaum and this fellowship here. The selected fellow will be expected to write a detailed thank you note to the Friedman family and meet with them.

 

Michael Aaronson, LAW’20 Public Interest Summer Fellowship ($5,000) Established by his family, friends and Norton Rose Fulbright, the Michael Aaronson, LAW ’20 Public Interest Summer Fellowship was created to honor Michael’s memory and his connection to Fordham Law School. Qualifying work includes non-profit organizations and government agencies. Applicants must secure a placement before submitting the fellowship application. The selected fellow will be expected to write thank you notes to the family and to the Norton Rose Fulbright team.

 

Robert J. Reilly Summer Fellowship ($5,000) This fellowship is in honor of former Assistant Dean Robert J. Reilly, who gave over 36 years of service to the Fordham Law School and Fordham University community—in a variety of roles—and who has dedicated himself intensively to philanthropic efforts. Until his retirement from the Law School in June 2018, Dean Reilly was an integral part of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, where he was involved in access-to-justice efforts, interfaced with the alumni community, and helped lead special initiatives. The Robert J. Reilly Fellow will work fulltime at a legal services organization that provides civil legal services to low-income individuals, ideally in an area of law in which the Feerick Center for Social Justice does work, which includes access to justice, consumer protection, domestic violence, educational equity, immigration, and veterans’ issues. Summer fellowship opportunities involving civil legal services work related to public benefits, disability, food insecurity, housing, and homelessness are also encouraged. Applicants are expected to have secured a placement before submitting the fellowship application. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of the recipient’s academic performance, demonstrated qualities of leadership, and commitment to public interest work.

 

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 (careers@law.fordham.edu) or PIRC (PIRC@law.fordham.edu) 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.

PSLawnet.org 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 PSLawNet.org 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 PSJD.org.

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 http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/summercorps
  • 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 http://peggybrowningfund.org/ and click on Summer Application Form. The deadline is typically in early January.