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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 2014 , we provided fellowships for160 students through the Summer Public Interest Fellowship (SPIF) program. We will continue this program for the summer of 2015, 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 2014 SPIF awards supported YLS student work at121 diverse organizations and agencies including:

American Civil Liberties Union
Alaska Public Defender Agency
Bronx Defenders
The Clinton Foundation
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Equal Justice Center
European Court of Justice
Federal Trade Commission
Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
Innocence Project of Florida
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Department of Justice
Institute for Justice
New Haven Food Policy Council
New York Attorney General's Office
Orleans Public Defenders
Pacific Legal Foundation
Southern Center for Human Rights
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
U.S. Senate
U.S. Attorney General Office
White House- Domestic Policy Council- Native American Affairs
World Bank