External fellowships

Organizations and law firms across the country, as well as internationally, offer fellowships to law students at all levels. Below is a sampling of such programs; many more are available by searching online. 

New York City Law Department Summer Honors Program 
Approximately 50 Summer Honors Program interns are selected annually. Summer interns regularly draft motion papers and briefs, take or defend depositions, draft appellate briefs, and regularly stand up in court to argue motions and conduct arraignments. Weekly stipends and free housing are offered.

Public Interest Law Initiative Internship Program 
This program connects law students from across the country with legal service agencies in Illinois. 

Sierra Club Environmental Law Program Summer Internships
This program hires law students to assist with strategic public interest environmental litigation concerning the Sierra Club's overarching conservation initiatives: confronting the fossil fuel industry to save our climate and protecting our communities and wilderness.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Summer Clerkships and Internships 
The fund offers many legal clerkships, internships and fellowships related to animal welfare.

Google Policy Fellowship 
This 10- to 12-week program offers undergraduate, graduate and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues and exploring future academic and professional interests. A stipend is provided. 

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Internships and Fellowships  
These programs address the need for attorneys working on behalf of Asian Pacific American populations. 

Pennsylvania Legal Services Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship & Fellowship Program 
This program offers summer internships for rising second- and third-year law students, as well as two-year fellowships by which minority attorneys, new to practice, are hired by a sponsoring regional or specialty program and receive loan repayment assistance.

Ms. JD Fellowship
This fellowship promotes mentoring and professional development for female future attorneys. Fellowship winners are second-year law students who receive financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, in addition to being paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. Applications are typically posted in January.

ABA Commission on Disability Rights Internship 
Through this program, law students work on various commission initiatives, activities and programs aimed at advancing disability civil rights and fostering the inclusion of law students and lawyers with disabilities in the legal profession.

John J. Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program
This program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.

Federal Communications Bar Association Internship Stipends
Each year, the FCBA Foundation awards stipends ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to students who have accepted public service positions for the summer. 

Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowships 
The Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship supports work of concern to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the public sector, on public policy or of a public service nature, work in the area of civil rights and education, and direct legal services. The Steven Richter Fellowship supports direct legal services and projects on issues of concern to individuals with HIV or AIDS.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization, work on a law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Koch Fellow Program 
These 10-week summer fellowships include seminars, lectures, professional education and an internship at a state, federal, or single-issue policy organization located in the Washington, DC, area, or elsewhere across the country. A stipend is provided.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
This program provides opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, including those with disabilities, who are economically disadvantaged or who identify themselves as LGBT. Applications typically open in the fall.

Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter Minority Student Merit Scholarship 
Each $5,000 scholarship includes a paid clerkship position with the firm's summer associate class. All first-year law students who are members of historically underrepresented populations are eligible to apply.

Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships 
These fellowships of up to $4,000 are awarded to students who will work full-time during summer 2015 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance to the poor. 

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project 
These eight-week paid fellowships for first- and second-year law students provide the opportunity to work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General and consumer protection offices throughout the United States. 

Diversity Clerkship Program 
This summer program provides business law clerkship placements for nine qualified diverse first- or second-year law students. Clerks will receive support and mentoring in the business law field and exposure to business practices. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be considered diverse based on color, sex or sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic disadvantage.  

Varnum Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship 
Up to two awards of $7,500 each will be made to second-year law students who participate in Varnum's summer associate program.

Fellowship directories

ABA/LSAC Pipeline Diversity Directory
Created by the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and the Law School Admission Council, this directory contains a variety of programs sponsored by law schools, law firms, bar associations, in-house counsel and other organizations, and includes programs involving academic support, bar exam passage, internships, LSAT preparation, mentoring and scholarships. 

ABA Commission on Disability Rights Fellowship Directory
The commission publishes information on fellowships and other resources for law students with disabilities.

ABA International Internship Directory
The ABA maintains this listing of law firms across the globe who host summer internships.

Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellowship Program
This program provides stipends to first- and second-year law students dedicated to advancing the cause of workers' rights. The program funds 10-week summer fellowships at labor-related organizations around the country for up to 70 students annually.

PSJD Summer Funding Resources
The PSJD database includes public interest internships, postgraduate fellowships and a wide variety of permanent positions.  

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