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Summer Funding

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.

 

***April 2020—Summer Funding Update***

The deadline to apply for law school summer funding (only Federal Work Study/Other Law School Funding) has been extended to June 1, 2020.

We recognize that your summer employment plans may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the law school is committed to helping you have a fulfilling summer experience despite these impacts. If you did not apply for summer funding, but now believe that you may need summer funding because your summer employer has cancelled their summer internship program or is no longer able to pay you, we encourage you to submit an application for Federal Work Study/Other Law School Funding.

Unpaid public sector employment and Research Assistant positions with Faculty are eligible for summer funding. Unpaid private sector employment may be eligible on a case-by-case basis. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For specific questions about the Work Study/Other Law School Funding application, please reach out to Bonnie Baber (bcoul@law.upenn.edu). For general questions about summer funding or your summer employment, please email CP&P at all-cpp@law.upenn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions - Summer Funding

If you missed the summer funding orientation, check out the Summer Funding 2020 Checklist & Timeline.

 

Please read the information below carefully. For any questions about Federal Work Study, contact Bonnie Baber. For any questions about other funding sources, contact Jamie Reisman.

To be considered for Public Sector Summer Funding through the extended summer funding deadline, you must:

  1. Apply for Federal Work Study through the Summer Funding Application (extended deadline of June 1, 2020)
  2. If you are applying for Federal Work Study, please complete both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSA form by June 1, 2020.
  3. Complete the Summer Funding Changes survey if your employment plans change or you secure funding from outside sources, or email Bonnie Baber at bcoul@law.upenn.edu with a note about the change.

Frequently asked funding questions (FAQs)

Description of Funding Sources:

Federal Work Study/Other Law School Funding (DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 6/1/20)

What Does it Fund: Federal Work Study public interest work, which is defined as work to benefit the national or community welfare.
Who: This is a need-based program as determined by the Financial Aid Office. 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply. Do not assume that you will not qualify based on need. The criteria for this funding may differ from previous needs based funding you may have applied for.
How Much: Maximum of $6,000 for 1Ls and $8,000 for 2Ls. (paid hourly for up to 350 hours)
How to Apply: In addition to completing the Summer Funding Application, work study applicants must submit a FAFSA form for the year they are applying and the next academic year. Non-citizens do not need to complete the FAFSA.
Additional Information: Link to more information and FAQ.  Please START HERE.

Morgan Lewis Public Interest Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: Internships with non-government public interest organizations in US cities where Morgan Lewis’ offices are located. See here  for a complete list of Morgan Lewis locations.
Who: Penn Law 1Ls
How Much: up to $6,500.
How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30560. Upload your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 500 words describing your commitment to public interest law and/or pro bono practice in a particular area, where you will be working this summer, and how your summer internship plans are aligned with your career goals. Please also note in what US city your internship is located. Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – Morgan Lewis”

Leo Model Foundation Government and Public Affairs Initiative Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: Legal internships with federal, state, and local government agencies, legislative entities, policy offices within non-governmental organizations, and public defender and district attorney offices. View past fellowship placements here. Judicial internships are not eligible for this source of funding. Student with paid positions or other sources of funding may also apply to be a part of the class of fellows (please just indicate in your application that you have already secured funding). 
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls
How Much: up to $6,500 for 1Ls and up to $8,500 for 2Ls.
How to Apply: Through Symplicity , click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30561. Upload your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 500 words describing your commitment to public service and government, where you will be working this summer, and how your summer internship plans are aligned with your career goals.   Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – Leo Model Government”

Global Justice Fellowship (GJF) (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: Summer placements with NGOs, international tribunals, and other inter-governmental organizations or government offices involved in the direct service of human rights and development services abroad. ISHRFs primarily fund placements held abroad.
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls who have not already received a GJF may apply.
How Much: up to $6,600.
How to Apply: There is a two part application. Part one consists of a “General Statement of Interest and Intent.” Students selected to move on then submit a “Placement Proposal” outlining their specific placement. Interviews follow.
Availability: There are up to ten (10) fellowships available. Competitiveness depends on the number of applicants
Links to GJF homepage: GJF Application Page
Deadline: Part I - January 27th
Placement Notification Date: Placements are approved on a rolling basis.
Students interested in international opportunities should also consult information about the Global Legal Practice Fellowship (GLPF) .

RLN Summer Service Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: Internships with non-governmental public interest organizations in the U.S. that provide direct legal services to low-income, under-represented clients. Internships located outside of major U.S. cities will be given priority.
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls
How Much: up to $6,500 for 1Ls and up to $8,500 for 2Ls.
How to Apply: Through Symplicity , click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30562. Upload your resume and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 500 words describing your commitment to public interest law, where you will be working this summer, and how your summer internship plans are aligned with your career goals.  Please also note the location of your summer internship.

The Justin Hamano Memorial Fund Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

The Justin Hamano Memorial Fund Summer Fellowship honors the life of Justin Hamano L’18. As a student, he was dedicated to public interest work and was the Political Director of Lambda Law, Deputy Voting Rights Director of the Democracy Project, and a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. This fund was created as a joint effort of CSR, Lambda, Law Review, TPIC, and other members of the law school administration, to honor Justin’s life and to support future students who share his passion for justice.

What Does it Fund: Students pursuing public sector summer employment, particularly consumer advocacy or civil rights work generally. Students who are LGBTQ are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls
How Much: up to $6,500 for 1Ls and up to $8,500 for 2Ls.
How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on ̎ Jobs ̎ and then search for key word #31354. Upload your resume and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” and describe in no more than 500 words where you will be working this summer, and how your summer internship plans are aligned with the goals of the fund.

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Summer Funding Grants (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: Penn Law’s Equal Justice Foundation, a student-run non-profit organization, encourages students to pursue their aspirations of serving the public interest through provision of summer grants.  EJF prioritizes direct legal services to low-income, under-represented clients, followed by government and policy work, and looks for a demonstrated interest in a public sector career.  Judicial internships are not eligible. 
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls.
How Much: Grants will be awarded for higher amounts than federal work study. Amounts vary depending on selection criteria and availability of funds.
Availability: The number of grants made will depend on the amount of money raised through EJF’s Annual Auction and other fundraisers throughout the year. This year, the EJF Auction is on February 13th.
How to Apply: 1Ls and 2Ls Through Symplicity , click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30564.  Answer a few questions regarding your involvement with EJF and your dedication to public interest work.  Then, submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words that discusses your past and present involvement in public interest work, your short- and long-term career goals, and any other information that you consider relevant to the Grant Committee’s final decision.  The personal statement should describe your commitment to public interest work.  Public interest work includes, but is not limited to: extracurricular activities in college, graduate, and law school; community, religious, and volunteer activities; and work experience.  Your answers and personal statement, for which instruction can be found here and on Symplicity, must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – EJF”

The Hon. Jerome B. Simandle Memorial Fund Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What: Internships with non-profit organizations and government offices located in New Jersey.

Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls

How Much: up to $6,500 for 1Ls and up to $8,500 for 2Ls.

How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #32288 . Upload your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 500 words describing your commitment to launching a public service career in New Jersey, where you will be working this summer, and how your summer internship plans are aligned with your career goals. Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – Simandle Memorial Fund

Environmental Law and Policy Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What: Internships with non-profit organizations focused on environmental advocacy and policy.

Who: Penn Law 1Ls

How Much: up to $6,500.

How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #32271. Upload your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 500 words describing your commitment to environmental law and policy, where you will be working this summer, and how your summer internship plans are aligned with your career goals. Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – Environmental Law and Policy”

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) Bar Study Grants (Application period has closed)

What Does this Fund: EJF awards bar grants to 3Ls who are entering the public sector (e.g. non-profits and clerkships), and prioritizes students who have shown a sustained interest for public interest work in the past and a commitment to working in the public interest sector in the future.
Who: Penn Law 3Ls.
How Much:
EJF provides living stipends and bar grants to graduating 3Ls. Amounts vary depending on selection criteria and availability of funds.
How to Apply:
3Ls through Symplicity , click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30563.  Answer a few questions and submit a personal statement of no more than 500 words that discusses your past and present involvement in public interest work, your short- and long-term career goals, and any other information that you consider relevant to the Committee’s decision. The statement should describe your commitment to public interest work.  Public interest work includes, but is not limited to: extracurricular activities in college, graduate, and law school; community, religious, and volunteer activities; and work experience.  Your answers and personal statement, for which instruction can be found here and on Symplicity, must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – 3L Bar Grant”.

The Alan M. Lerner Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: 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.
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls.
How Much: up to $6,500 for 1Ls and up to $8,500 for 2Ls.
Availability: Competitiveness is based on the number of qualified applicants
How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30566. Upload your resume and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 800 words, that describes the type of work you will be doing, describes your commitment to public service/child advocacy and how that influenced your decision to pursue law school and public service/child advocacy employment; and describes your long-term career plans and how your plans demonstrate your commitment to public service. Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as ̎ Cover Letter – Alan Lerner ̎

The Bernard and Zelda Wolfman Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: In memory of former Penn Law Dean, Bernard Wolfman, and his wife, Zelda Wolfman, to support students working at a public interest organization to further the rights of prisoners or other institutionalized people.
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls.
How Much: Supplemental grant. Fellows are required to be specifically engaged in advocacy on behalf of institutionalized people.
Availability: Competitiveness is based on the number of qualified applicants
How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on “Jobs” and then search for key word #30565. Upload your resume and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” of no more than 400 words, that describes your commitment to public service/prisoners’ rights and how that influenced your decision to pursue law school and public service/prisoners’ rights internships. Include a description of the type of work you will be doing this summer. Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as “Cover Letter – Bernard and Zelda”.

Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition Summer Fellowship (Application period has closed)

What Does it Fund: Internships with public interest or government organizations doing work relevant to CTIC’s focus on technology policy, intellectual property, cyber law, privacy, and related fields.  
Who: Penn Law 1Ls and 2Ls
How Much: up to $6,500 for 1Ls and up to $8,500 for 2Ls.
How to Apply: Through Symplicity, click on ̎ Jobs ̎ and then search for key word #30567. Upload your resume, an unofficial transcript, and a cover letter addressed “Dear Selection Committee” that describes the kind of work you anticipate doing this summer, the kind of work you hope to do following graduation, and how this fellowship would relate to that work. Your cover letter must be saved and uploaded as ̎ Cover Letter – CTIC ̎

Other Summer Funding Sources

See more information on many non-Penn Law summer funding sources, to which we encourage you to apply.

Please note that if you are awarded another funding source, you must report the source and amount to us by completing the Summer Funding Changes survey and your outside award may affect the amount of Penn Law funding you receive.