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Summer Funding Programs

At Penn Law there are no financial barriers to taking unpaid summer internships in the public sector, or pursuing public interest work anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Funding for such work is guaranteed, and each summer about 175 students take advantage of this opportunity. 

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  Members of the Penn Law community participate in the annual Equal Justice Foundation auction.              

With financial support from work-study programs, grants, and fellowships, students pursue a wide variety of summer employment assignments. Financial aid programs and some of the places students have gained experience in public service include: 

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study funds public interest work, which is defined as work to benefit the national or community welfare.

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Grants

EJF is a student-run public interest foundation that raises money for summer grants to fund public interest work. EJF grants are intended as a funding source with a particular focus on employment that is not otherwise fundable through work study or other grants. This includes international employment.

International Summer Human Rights Fellowships (ISHRF)

ISHRF funds students in summer placements with nonprofit government organizations, international tribunals, and other inter-governmental organizations or government offices involved in the direct service of human rights and development services abroad. ISHRF primarily fund placements held abroad.

The Alan M. Lerner Summer Fellowship

In memory of Professor Alan M. Lerner, and to continue his invaluable work, the family and friends of Professor Lerner have established a fund to provide summer stipends to law students engaged in child advocacy work during their first or second summers.

The Bernard and Zelda Wolfman Fellowship

The Wolfman Fellowship funds students working at public interest organizations which further the rights of prisoners and other institutionalized people.

Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition Fellowship

CTIC funds internships with public interest or government organizations involving technology policy, intellectual property, cyber law, privacy, and related fields.

Law School Funding

Students who are ineligible for any of the above funding may still qualify for other law school funding if they work for public interest organizations in a legal capacity.

To apply and learn more about funding sources, click here.

2011 Summer Employment Assignments

In the summer of 2011, Penn Law students worked for organizations such as:

Bureau of Consumer Protections Pennsylvania Innocence Project
California Court of Appeal Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Campaign for Youth Justice Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Disability Rights Network Supreme Court of New York
Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Greater Boston Legal Services, Health & Disability Unit U.S. Department of Energy
Legal Aid Society U.S. Department of Justice
Mental Health Public Defenders Office U.S. Department of Labor
NAACP Legal Defense Fund U.S. International Trade Commission
National Labor Relations Board U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
New York City Law Department U.S. Treasury Department
Penn Law Civil Practice Clinic The Public Defender Service of Washington D.C.
Pennsylvania Human Relations Council Washington State Court of Appeals
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