Financial Support for Public Interest
Job Search Expenses
The Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program (SPIF) provides funds to all Yale students who need funding to work at government and nonprofit organizations. The law school provides fellowships of up to $6,000 for 12 weeks ($500 per week for up to 12 weeks) through SPIF. Five thousand dollars of this funding is guaranteed; student fundraising will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to the total $6,000 summer budget.
The Schell Center for International Human Rights provides many summer travel fellowships to support summer work abroad in international human rights.
The Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship Program will support first- and second-year law students to have a substantive and transformative experience as summer interns with Ford Grantee Organizations (updated 11/26/12). Giving students the opportunity to work in the field of public interest law, the program seeks to award highly motivated and accomplished students with an internship in a domestic or international Ford Foundation grantee organization whose work focuses broadly on legal analysis, litigation, and public policy advocacy. Working closely with lawyers and advocates, students will gain exposure to a variety of diverse settings and will be exposed to such topics as reproductive rights, civil rights, gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, immigrants’ rights, prisoner and ex-offenders’ rights, voting rights, children’s rights, and other areas of concern with respect to social justice and equity.
In its inaugural year, the Ford Foundation will connect a total of 100 law school students from Harvard, New York University, Stanford, and Yale Law Schools to current grantee organizations both domestically and internationally to begin an exciting and new venture lasting ten weeks during Summer 2013. If selected, each of the 25 Yale Law School students will receive $15,000 over the summer as an intern in the field of public interest law, giving them the opportunity to have substantive and transformative experiences.
Click here for detailed instructions on how to apply.
The Mary McCarthy Fellowships provide funding for students’ summer or brief post-graduate work in the public interest.
Yale Law School Fellowships such as the Liman, Heyman, Bernstein, YLS Public Interest Fellowships, and Robina Fellowships provide funding to help students pursue their public service goals after graduation. The YLS Public Interest Fellowship program also supports recent YLS graduates for one year of full-time public interest work. An internship/clerkship at The International Court of Justice at The Hague and a YLS Fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague is also available.
More detailed information on these and other fellowship opportunities....
The Career Options Assistance Program (COAP) is one of the most generous and flexible loan forgiveness programs available at any law school.
Job Search Expenses
CDO has created TRI PI (Travel Reimbursement for Interviews in the Public Interest) which reimburses 2L & 3L students for travel expenses, up to $600, for public interest interviews.
Each year, the Career Development Office (CDO) pays the registration fees and travel expenses for any students wishing to participate in the Equal Justice Career Fair and Conference and the NYU Public Interest Career Fair. CDO also reimburses students for fax or telephone charges incurred in their search for a public interest job (excluding judicial clerkships).
Additional fellowships may also be available through Yale University.