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Frequently Asked Questions


What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
What kind of work qualifies as public interest?
Do I have to have a placement before I apply? How do I find a host organization for the summer?
During my fellowship summer, must I do particular kinds of work or tasks?
How many weeks of the summer should I spend with my host organization?
What is the stipend amount?
How do I apply for a Summer Fellowship?
May I apply if I am a graduating college senior?
What are the other requirements for the fellowship? Is a report required?

1. What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
In 2011, we had Summer Fellows from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelmanand Yale.

2. What kind of work qualifies as public interest?
Public interest law includes helping a wide array of individuals or organizations that lack sufficient resources to retain attorneys or to engage in sustained legal advocacy.

3. Do I have to have a placement before I apply? How do I find a host organization for the summer?
The Liman Program itself does not require you to have a placement before you apply as we understand that you may not be familiar with public interest law. However, you should double check with your particular school about this.

4. During my fellowship summer, must I do particular kinds of work or tasks?
No, but you must confirm with your host organization that your primary work will be something other than clerical tasks.

5. How many weeks of the summer should I spend with my host organization?
Generally, summer fellows spend 8-10 weeks with their organizations. On a few occasions, a half-time stipend has been awarded because a fellow split the summer between two fellowships. Student fellows are free to work more than 10 weeks.

6. What is the stipend amount?
Stipends may vary somewhat school to school. Many are for $3,000 for the full summer fellowship. Remember that the stipend is considered taxable income to you.

7. How do I apply for a Summer Fellowship?
The application process for Yale students is described in detail here. Students at other schools should contact their respective programs for specific details.

8. May I apply if I am a graduating college senior?
Yes, the fellowship is open to graduating seniors as well as students from freshman year forward.

9. What are the other requirements for the fellowship? Is a report required?
If you are selected as a Summer Fellow, you will get specific information about deadlines and the about the nature of the information to be included. All Summer Fellows must submit a final report, usually by early September.

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