Summer Fellowships for Law School Students
In addition to the Human Rights Internship and Guaranteed Summer Funding Programs, Columbia Law School and outside funders offer other summer funding opportunities.
1L and 2L Fellowships
- Catalyst Public Service Fellowships (1Ls) The New York Bar Foundation funds these summer fellowships to students working at qualifying organizations and agencies, allowing 1L summer interns to receive a stipend of $2,500 (in addition to the standard 8 weeks of GSF earnings) for ten weeks of work in an unpaid internship instead of the standard eight weeks. The 2020 application will open March 2020. Applications must be submitted via Symplicity by April 1, 2020. Late applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students that have not secured a placement at the time of application are still encouraged to apply. For more information about the Public Service Catalyst Fellowship, please reference the 2019 call for applications.
- Center for Japanese Legal Studies Morrison & Foerster Public Interest Fellowship (1Ls & 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 two fellowships are available and each will provide a stipend of $10,000 to cover airfare, living, and other expenses for the summer. Please visit the SJI website for more information.
- John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship (1Ls) The John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship will provide a stipend of $2,500 (in addition to the standard 8 weeks of GSF earnings) to two law students for ten weeks of work in an unpaid internship for either a nonprofit organization or a governmental entity. Students working as judicial interns are not eligible. The 2020 application will open March 2020. Applications must be submitted via Symplicity by April 13, 2020. For more information about the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship, please reference the 2019 call for applications.
- John R. Oldham Fellowship (1Ls & 2Ls) 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 consist of a resume, transcripts, a two-page summary of the proposed project, an estimated budget, and whether funding will be received from another source (such as the WEAI).
- Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin Summer Fellowship (1Ls, 2Ls & 3Ls) This is a small civil-rights law firm in NYC that seeks to effect systemic change in policing around the country through two areas of official misconduct: wrongful convictions (on behalf of DNA exonerees) and police brutality. The NSB fellowship provides a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of criminal and civil-rights law at every stage of litigation. 1L and 2L funding will be matched and 3Ls will be paid on an hourly basis. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will begin in early October. Applications from 1Ls will be accepted after December 1st. To apply, please e-mail your resume, a cover letter and a writing sample to [email protected].
- Venable, LLP Fellowship (1Ls) The Venable Fellowship offers a stipend to a first-year Columbia Law School student in the J.D. program who demonstrates a commitment to public interest and who is registered in the GSF program. The fellowship will provide a total of $10,000 for ten weeks of work in an unpaid, public interest summer internship in one of the communities in which Venable, LLP has an office; New York City, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Tysons Corner, VA, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The 2020 Application will open March 2020. Applications must be via Symplicity.by April 13, 2020. For more information about the Venable, LLP Fellowship, please reference the 2019 call for applications.
- Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI) Fellowships (1Ls & 2Ls) The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers funding for research, language acquisition, and unpaid internships during the summer and academic year to selected Columbia students committed to professional and academic engagement with East and Southeast Asia. Eligibility varies depending on the particular funding opportunity.
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 ‘Funding Sources’ section. For any additional questions or concerns regarding summer funding opportunities, please contact [email protected].