Becuase deadlines can  vary from year to year, it is important ot research opportunities early and check with the porgam for this year's application deadline. 

October Deadlines:

Law Student Union Summer/AFL-CIO
Ten week internship program for law students that combines front-line legal work with grassroots organizing in real, on-going campaigns by AFL-CIO unions in various regions of the country.

November Deadlines:

LSPIN - Law Student Public Interest Fellowship Program
Grants are awarded to students attending law school in New York and New Jersey. The program is designed to give qualified and committed law students the opportunity to explore career opportunities in public interest law and public service.

Center for Constitutional Rights - Ella Baker Summer Internship Program.
Deadline for 1Ls is in January. Deadline for 2Ls is in November.

January Deadlines:

Dr. M.L. Hank Henry, Jr., Fund for Judicial Internships
A $3,500 stipend will be awarded to a qualified law student to support a 10-week summer judicial internship in New York City under the auspices of the Lesbian and Gay Law Association Foundation of Greater New York.

American Bar Association Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Georgia Governors Office of Consumer Affairs.

Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship Program
Provides 31 summer internships for first and second year law students with labor related organizations throughout the country. For more information click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights - Ella Baker Summer Internship Program
Deadline for 1Ls is in January. Deadline for 2Ls is in November.

February Deadlines:

National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice
Internship placements are nationwide and offer a blend of advocacy, challenging legal work, and community organizing.

The American Society of International Law - Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program

Funded by contributions from ASIL members, this one-time award will provide financial assistance, "micro- grants" of up to $1000, for law students and young lawyers to pursue human rights work and research. Fellows will undertake their projects in affiliation with an established NGO or human rights organization.

March Deadlines:

Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program

Awards 10 paid internships to current law students to participate in legal services work over the traditional 10-week summer internship period. Deadline is mid-March.

James B. McMillan Public Service Summer Fellowships
Awards summer fellowships to law students desiring work experience with not-for-profit or governmental agencies in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Equal Justice America Legal Service Fellowships
Students may work anywhere in the United States, provided that the hiring organization is a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services to the poor. Equal Justice America generally funds over 100 students per summer.

Robert M. Takasugi Public Interest Fellowship

This Fellowship selects fellows from across the nation and funds their summer legal work for the public interest. Fellows are selected to work in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.

ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty/John J. Curtin, Jr. Legal Internship
Student must work for an organization run by a bar organization or legal services organization anywhere in the country that serves homeless clients or those at risk of becoming homeless. The ABA provides a list of organizations the student may consider, however this list is not exclusive.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) in Chicago
PILI offers Internship & Fellowship programs for law students and new law school graduates to work at public interest law agencies in Chicago.

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation
The FCBA will award at least four summer stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with jurisdiction over the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite and information technology).

South Asian Bar Association of New York Public Interest Fellowships
To be eligible applicants must be
1) a first or second-year law student of South Asian descent who will be spending at least six weeks of the summer in an unpaid public interest legal internship in New York State and the greater metropolitan area, or
2) a first or second-year law student who will be spending at least six weeks of the summer in an unpaid legal internship in New York State and the greater metropolitan area which specifically focuses on the needs of the local South Asian community. 

Everett Public Service Internship Program
Awards stipends week for work in a variety of legal, advocacy, human rights and international non-profit organizations nationwide.

Asian American Law Find of New York Community Service Scholarships
The Asian American Law Fund of New York, Inc. (the “Fund”), a non-profit organization originally established in 1993 by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”),  invites law students to apply for its Community Service Scholarship Awards (“Asian American Law Fund Scholarship” or the “Scholarship”).  The Fund will award Scholarships in the amount of $5000 each to up to three law students with a demonstrated commitment to the Asian American community. 

April Deadlines:

Hispanic Bar Association of DC - Fellowships for Summer Public Interest Work NCLR and Patton Boggs will award one fellowship in the amount of $10,000. To be eligible, an applicant must be: (1) a first-year Latino/a law student; (2) actively enrolled in, and attending, any accredited law school in the United States or Puerto Rico; and (3) accepted to work for a minimum of eight weeks with the sponsoring entity. The sponsoring entity may be a not-for-profit organization or a governmental agency, and must be located in any of the following cities in the United States: the Washington DC metropolitan area; Denver, CO; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Dallas, TX; or Anchorage, AK. Preference will be given to students working with entities whose client base includes the Hispanic/Latino community.

Rutgers Law School-Camden APIL Summer Grant Program
Through a variety of activities, including the Spring Auction, APIL raises funds to support students in full time public interest positions during the summer. In the past, 3 - 6 grants have been awarded each year; in 2006, 12 such grants were made. The number varies based on the funds available and the quality of applications. Information on the application process will be emailed in March/April.

Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship Program
The Roberta Achtenberg, Steven Block, Mary Morgan, and Richter Fellowship Programs are open to law students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) organization anywhere in the country. Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship by submitting a written proposal for a Summer project on which they seek to work, together with a letter of sponsorship by an attorney from a 501(c)(3) organization, setting forth the attorney's commitment to supervise the applicant on the project.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
An AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 315 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for spending the summer in a qualifying internship at a non-profit, public interest organization.

Rolling Deadlines:

New Jersey Public Interest Summer Legal Intern Program
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) sponsors a paid intern program during the summer awarding summer intern fellowships in New Jersey public interest legal organizations to rising 2nd and 3rd year law students. In past years, students have been employed in Legal Services programs as well as other public interest entities, such as the Association for Children of New Jersey, the American Friends Service Committee, Community Health Law Project, the Office of The Child Advocate and Jersey Battered Women's Service.


The Samuel S. Fels Fund (Fels) support internships for graduate students. The internships are with nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and run for ten weeks over the summer. If you are interested in applying for one of these internships, contact the organization directly - DO NOT contact the Fels Fund.