Summer Fellowships for Law School Students
In addition to placements through the Human Rights Internship and Guaranteed Summer Funding programs, Columbia Law School and outside funders offer other summer funding opportunities listed below.
1L and 2L Fellowships
- Public Service Catalyst Fellowships (1Ls Only)
The New York Bar Foundation funds these summer fellowships to students working at qualifying organizations and agencies, allowing 1L summer interns to receive compensation for ten weeks of work instead of the standard eight. (Students working 35 hours/week for ten weeks could expect to earn $5,625 before taxes instead of the $4,500 generally provided by GSF.) Applications for 2018 must be received by SJI by 3pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Click here for the notice and application cover sheet.
- Center for Japanese Legal Studies Morrison & Foerster Public Interest Fellowship (1Ls and 2Ls)
The Center for Japanese Legal Studies Public Interest Fellowship is open to first- and second-year law students who demonstrate an interest in public interest law and working in Japan for the summer. Up to three fellowships are available and each will provide a stipend of $10,000 to cover airfare, living, and other expenses for the summer. Applications must be received by Social Justice Initiatives by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Click here for the notice and application for fellowships in the summer of 2018.
- John R. Oldham ’83 Fellowship
This fellowship is administered through the Center for Chinese Legal Studies and is available to first- and second-year law students to support summer public interest (including government) work or academic research in greater China. Applications should include a resume, transcripts, a two-page summary of the proposed project, an estimated budget, and whether funding also will be received from another source (such as WEAI). Questions about your project may be addressed to Paulette Roberts ([email protected]) or you may stop by her office at JG 652 to discuss. Applications must be submitted by March 16th, 2017 to Paulette Roberts ([email protected]). Click here for more information on the 2017 Fellowship.
- Weatherhead East Asian Institute Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for advanced Asian language study during the summer. Details are available here.
- Venable LLP Fellowship
Due to the generous support of the law firm of Venable, LLP and under the leadership of partner and Law School adjunct faculty member Mark Vecchio ’85, Columbia Law School offers a funded public interest fellowship for first-year law students. For the summer of 2018, a $10,000 fellowship will be awarded to a Columbia Law School student in the J.D. program class of 2020 who demonstrates a commitment to public interest and who is registered in the Guaranteed Summer Funding Program. Applications are due April 30, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. to Iliana Ortega. Click here for the full notice and application.
- Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship
The Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship was established in 2011 by the John Paul Stevens Foundation to enable law students to work in public interest summer law positions. Two students are named to the Stevens Fellowship each year; the Fellowship is part of a nation-wide program to honor Justice Stevens' lifelong dedication to improving the justice system.
- Goldstein Demchack Baller Borgen & Dardarian Civil Rights Summer Fellowship
The Oakland, California plaintiffs’ civil rights and environmental justice law firm Goldstein Demchak Baller Borgen & Dardarian offers a summer position to a student from a few schools, including Columbia. The firm also has a post-graduate fellowship.
- Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP Summer Associate Positions
Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a small civil-rights law firm in New York, located in Tribeca, seriously considers second-year Columbia Law students and pre-clerk 3Ls for summer associate positions. Its practice seeks to effect systemic change in policing around the country through 42 U.S.C. 1983 litigation, primarily on two areas of official misconduct: wrongful convictions (on behalf of DNA exonerees) and serious police brutality. The NSB internship provides a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of criminal and civil-rights law at every state of litigation. Funding for 2L students will be matched, and 3Ls will be paid on a hourly basis. Hiring will be on a rolling basis. To apply, email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Emma Freudenberger at [email protected].
Other Summer Funding Programs
- Faculty Research Assistant Positions fund students to work closely with Columbia’s faculty on various projects. Past students’ projects have ranged from a landmark death penalty study to preparation for a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Committee to a book on the rights of crime vicitms.
- Other summer fellowships are listed on PSJD in the “Career Central” section. For any additional questions or concerns regarding summer funding opportunities, please contact Nyaguthii Chege.