Guaranteed Summer Funding
“He shares our commitment to serving low-income individuals through legal means. He was very open to life experiences different than his own, and thus treated all clients with respect and empathy.” —2016 Law School Summer Intern Supervisor
What Is Guaranteed Summer Funding?
This is a brief overview of the GSF program. For detailed information on the 2017 GSF program, read the GSF Guide located on our SJI Guides page. (Note: You will be prompted for your Lawnet login to access this page. If you receive an error message upon first visiting the page, click the refresh button.)
Columbia Law School funds first and second year J.D. students - who meet the requirements of the Guaranteed Summer Funding (“GSF”) program - to work full-time in unpaid, public service internships over the summer. Students must adhere to all of the deadlines and meet the requirements of the GSF program in order to receive funding.
What Internships Qualify for GSF?
Students can receive funding for legal work in public interest, in the U.S. or abroad, that utilizes their legal education and skills. Not for profit 501(c)(3) public interest law organizations, government agencies (federal, state, municipal, international and multinational), non-governmental agencies (NGOs), international criminal courts, unions, judicial internships for which academic credit is not received and some private public interest law firms all qualify for GSF.
International human rights work is funded by the Human Rights Internship Program which has different rules and requirements. To learn more, please see the Human Rights Internship Program Guide.
What jobs do not qualify? Internships that consist solely of non law-related policy or administrative work, research for a professor, or law firm work that does not meet the GSF requirements will not be funded by GSF.
Religious organizations or membership agencies (e.g. a credit union, a fraternal order, or a cooperative) whose work is primarily for the benefit of the members of such organizations rather than the public, do not qualify for GSF. Internships with a domestic political campaign or a political party will not be funded by GSF. Judicial internships for which academic credit is received will not qualify for GSF.
The easiest way to check if an organization qualifies for GSF is to: 1) Log into LawNet; 2) Click on the public interest database and see if the organization is listed on LawNet. If a CLS student has previously worked at an organization on LawNet, you will find reviews of the summer internship and the listing will be an indication that the organization qualifies for GSF.
If you cannot find the organization in which you are interested on LawNet, please submit a completed Organization Request Form (ORF) to Cat Kirchhoff at email@example.com. You will then be notified whether approval has been granted for the new organization to qualify for GSF.
How Do I Qualify for GSF?
In order to receive GSF, a student must register during the open registration period, secure a qualifying placement and follow the requirements outlined in this guide. Please note that there are no exceptions to the GSF registration period: a student must register between September 20th, 2016 and November 30th, 2016. You must register for GSF even if you file a statement of interest for HRIP.
- When: September 20th, 2016 - November 30th, 2016
- How: Log into www.law.columbia.edu/lawnet, click the 1L or 2L Funding Registration tab, and follow the prompts.
Important! After accepting a job, you must log into LawNet and update your profile with the following information: employer for whom you will be working and supervisor information. You will not receive funding unless you complete this final step.
Funding in More Detail
For detailed funding information, visit the Funding Basics page.