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.
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.
Morgan Lewis Public Interest Fellowship
The Morgan Lewis Public Interest Fellowship funds internships with non-government public interest organizations in US cities where Morgan Lewis’ offices are located.
Model Government and Public Affairs Initiative Fellowship
The Model Fellowship funds internships with federal, state, and local government agencies.
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.
Summer Employment Assignments
In past summers, Penn Law students have 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|