Skip to main content area Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to search Skip to section navigation

Summer Funding Resources

Below is a listing of summer funding options that Penn Law students have used in the past. If you find that any of this information has changed or if you find additional funding sources that students should be aware of, please email nborshan@law.upenn.edu.

Penn Law Summer Funding

Click here to review the summer funding options offered through Penn Law. 

Funding from an Outside Organization Providing Supplemental Awards Annually to Penn Law Students

Equal Justice America
Awards grants to students working with organizations providing civil legal services to the poor.  Equal Justice America sets aside money for Penn Law students every year.  However, Equal Justice America is not affiliated with Penn Law, including Penn’s Equal Justice Foundation. Applications are due in March.

Other Funding Sources

PSJD.org  provides a listing of summer funding resources.

American Bar Association (Section of Litigation) Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession.  The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as LGBT.
Applications are due in January but are still accepted until all spots are filled.

Asian American Law Fund of New York
The Fund awards Scholarships to up to three law students.  Prior Scholarship recipients have donated their time to various organizations addressing a breadth of issues, including immigration, voting rights, domestic violence, trafficking, and discrimination. Please note, funding may not be provided until the Fall. Applications are due in March.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) Marutani Fellowship
The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship is offered to Asian American first-year law students at Pennsylvania Law Schools (including Penn Law).  The Fellowship will provide a stipend for an Asian American law student to enable him/her to take a summer internship position with a non-profit/public interest organization or a federal, state or municipal government office/agency (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area in the hopes of giving Asian American law students a greater opportunity to gain full-time employment in areas of the law in which Asian American attorneys are currently underrepresented. Applications are due in March.

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program
The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of this remarkable Society member. Funded by contributions from ASIL members, this one-time award will provide financial assistance, “micro-grants”, 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. Applications available in the fall. 

Bergstrom Fellowship- University of Michigan Law School
Applicants should have completed their first year of law school but not yet graduated. Fellows work in various offices around the country specializing in representation of children, parents and social service agencies. Placement in child welfare office can be found after acceptance into fellowship. Applications are due in April.

Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, American Bar Association

Each year, the Commission awards a $3,500 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. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with people experiencing homelessness/poverty or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1 to the program of his or her choice. To apply: Please submit your application to the homeless@americanbar.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 27, 2020.

Environmental Law Institute Beveridge & Diamond Law Clerk and ACOEL Law Clerk

Our summer law clerk program provides funding dedicated to students from traditionally underrepresented perspectives, including minority students and students from disadvantaged households. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Equal Justice Works Summer Legal Corps
Equal Justice Works has two summer legal corps programs: Immigration Summer Legal Corps and Rural Summer Legal Corps. Both provide law students with the opportunity to earn an education award voucher for spending the summer in an internship at a qualifying non-profit, public interest organization in either immigration organizations or rural communities. Applications are due in February.

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation Summer Internship Fund
Stipends are awarded to law students working in unpaid internships in communications positions in government offices. Application deadline is March 31, 2020.

Janet Steiger Fellowship - ABA Section of Antitrust
Full-time, eight-week minimum, summer fellowship open to 1Ls and 2Ls. Through a working partnership with the National Association of Attorneys General, students will work in the consumer protection departments of the offices of state attorneys general. Fellows will receive a stipend. Applications are due in October.  

John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund
Provides a stipend to law students working for qualified organizations whose mission is to prevent  homelessness or advocate for the homeless or indigent. To be qualified, an organization must be a bar association program, legal services program, or non-profit. Applications are due in March.

Legal Foundation of Washington Goldmark Equal Justice Internship Program                             Created in honor of LFW’s second president, Charles Goldmark, the Goldmark Internship is a hands-on training program for law students focusing on research, writing, casework, and client services. Applications are due in October.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship Program                                                                                            Provides internships for 1L’s and 2L’s interested in working in civil legal services programs in Pennsylvania. Applications are due in late December.

Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Smith and Fellows Funds Legal Internship Program
The Legal Internship Program provides a stipend for law students working in a Massachussetts-based nonprofit providing civil legal services for low-income clients.  To be eligible, students must work as volunteer interns.  Applications are due in March.

McCleary Law Fellows Program - Human Rights Campaign
HRC awards four full-time, eleven-week summer fellowships. McCleary Fellows work with HRC attorneys, outside counsel with major national law firms, lobbyists, organizational allies, and Congressional and White House staff members on legislative, regulatory and internal corporate matters. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for the fall and spring terms and are due in December for the summer term.

The Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship
The Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship is a summer Fellowship that awards money to a law student to work on an immigration related student-initiated project.  Students should expect to seek out both an organization and a project to be eligible for the Fellowship. Applications are due in February.

The Type Media Center (Former Nation Institute) Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
The Masur Fellowship enables a first year law student to pursue significant summer activities in the practice areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization, work on a case under the supervision of a law faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Applicants should send a one-to-two page proposal to the Institute describing their intended summer project, along with a resume and the name of their faculty or organization sponsor. Applications are due in April.

National Lawyers Guild Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice
Provides internships with organizations using law to work for social change. Funds law students to work on designated projects. Applications will be posted in November. 

New Jersey Deborah T. Poritz Public Interest Summer Legal Intern Program (New Jersey IOLTA Fund)
Provides internships for students working in civil legal services programs throughout New Jersey. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Civil Rights Summer Internships                          

NYLPI seeks highly accomplished, progressive, community-minded rising 3Ls to support the goals of our collaborative programs. Interns will have the opportunity to work with NYLPI staff on all facets of existing campaigns, which will include individual client work, community advocacy, outreach and impact litigation. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

New York State Bar Association - Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
Recipient will receive a stipend for a summer internship in the field of environmental law.  The fellowship is open to minority law students who were permanent residents of New York state prior to enrolling in Penn Law.  The fellowship winner must find their own placement. Applications are due in mid-October.

NHeLP Spitzer Summer Internship Program                                                                                       NHeLP seeks rising 3L students who have a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations. Applications are due in October

Peggy Browning Fund Summer Internship Program
Funds more than 25 internships in labor-related organizations throughout the country.  1L’s and 2L’s are eligible.  Applications for Summer 2012 internships will open in late November.  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

PRIDE Law Fund
The PRIDE Law Fund sponsors several summer internships in the San Francisco area. The summer internships allow students to work with organizations on issues of gay and lesbian rights. Applications are due in April. 

Public Interest Law Initiative
The Public Interest Law Initiative, Summer Internship Program funds 1L’s and 2L’s interested in working for public interest law organizations in the Chicago area. Applications for fall term are due in August, and applications for spring and summer terms are due in November.

QLaw Sher Kung Summer Fellowship                                                                                               The QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship is a 10 week, full-time, paid summer opportunity for a graduate or law student working for a public interest organization serving the legal needs of the LGBTQ community or serving people living with HIV/AIDS. Applications available in the fall.

South Asian Bar Association Public Interest Fellowship
Two Public Interest Fellowships are available for outstanding law students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. Students must be working for public interest legal organizations in the New York area during their summer internship. Opportunities are available to all first and second year law students. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Women Lawyers Public Action Grant Foundation, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles - Southern California
The Foundation provides grants for projects aiding, or advocating for, the disadvantaged in the greater Los Angeles area.  Applicants must submit with their application a brief project proposal. Examples of past projects include: development of a resource manual for child victims of sexual abuse, production of an educational brochure on the rights of disabled children and the special education resources of the CA school system, and creation of a video guiding victims of domestic violence through the process of obtaining a restraining order.  Applications are due in March.