Particular positions are eligible provided that the organization does not pay other similarly-situated summer interns.
Example 1: Research assistants generally are not eligible for SPIF because most universities pay other research assistants.
Example 2: If Government Agency XYZ has a policy that it will pay summer interns who are 2Ls, but not those who are 1Ls, 1L interns would be eligible for SPIF.
Student eligibility for the program is based on financial need.
— Students who are receiving financial aid grants from the Law School;
— Students who have completed the FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need.
Students who are not automatically eligible may qualify for summer grant funding if they can demonstrate that “but for” SPIF funding, they would not be able to pursue summer public interest opportunities. This “but for” analysis is dependent on individual circumstances, and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. A ‘But For’ form would need to be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office. Decisions on eligibility will be made quickly.
If you do not qualify for summer grant assistance, loans are available. These loans are eligible to be covered by the COAP loan forgiveness program after graduation. Students may receive SPIF funding for two summers. Funding is not available for the summer after graduation. Joint degree students must be enrolled in the Law School for either the semester before or the semester after the summer fellowship.