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Summer Fellowship Aid/SPIF

Yale supports one of the most expansive programs of summer public interest work in the law school world. In the summer of 2013, we provided fellowships for170 students through the Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) program. We will continue this program for the summer of 2014, supporting Yale students working in public interest, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

"As an older student with previous educational and asset debt, the impulse was strong to prioritize the financial benefits of working at a firm over the valuable public interest experiences that would help me as an aspiring civil rights lawyer. SPIF not only allayed those fears for me, it helped me to make a contribution to a public interest organization working with meager means, in addition to allowing such organizations to benefit from the unique talent and drive of YLS students. While my summer colleagues struggled to obtain funding for their work, I felt extremely lucky to have SPIF on my side." Viviane Scott, J.D. Candidate, Class of 2014

In the summer of 2013 SPIF awards supported YLS student work at143 diverse organizations and agencies including:

American Civil Liberties Union
Bronx Defenders
Center for Constitutional Rights
Federal Trade Commission
Human Rights Watch
Department of Justice
Lawyers for Children
MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
NASA (Office of the General Counsel)
Natural Immigration Project
Natural Resources Defense Council
New York Attorney General's Office
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Rocky Mountain Childrens' Law Center
Securities and Exchange Commission
Southern Center for Human Rights
Supreme Court of Israel
The Nature Conservancy
The Office of the White House Counsel
World Bank