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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
    In 2014, we had Summer Fellows from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman and 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. Generally, your hostmust be a 501(c)(3) organization.
  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?
    Stipendsvary somewhat school to school. Please contact your school's advisor regarding funding.
  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?
  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.