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Application Process

Deadline for 2016 Liman (Summer) Undergraduate Fellowships Applications:
Friday, January 8, 2016

Application process

All Yale undergraduates — with the exception of graduating seniors — are eligible to apply.  Students from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton and Spelman should consult their schools' program advisor.

All documents must be in Courier New 12 pt and in PDF format.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. A complete application will include:

  1. A cover sheet listing the applicant’s current contact information (address, phone, e-mail) and class. Download a sample cover sheet here.
  2. The applicant’s resume (no more than two pages), which should list relevant prior experiences working or volunteering in public service.
  3. A reflective essay not to exceed four double-spaced pages (in Courier New 12 pt) describing why the applicant is motivated to work in public interest law. The essay should do more than recite activities from the applicant’s resume.
  4. If the applicant is considering a fellowship at a specific host organization, a short statement about the host’s work and confirmation of its non-profit status.
  5. **Two (2) letters of recommendation;  both need to be from Yale affiliated faculty, ideally from faculty members who know the applicant’s work. The recommendations should be emailed to Katherine Lawton  as a PDF or mailed via university mail or regular mail to :

    Yale Law School
    Attn: Katherine Lawton, Liman Program.
    PO Box 208215
    New Haven, CT 06511

    We ask the recommendation letters to also be in
    Courier 12 pt or larger.
  6. A copy of the applicant’s "official" current college transcript. The transcript can be requested to be sent to us (address above) through  the SIS Student webpage or through this page. Alternative ways of requesting a transcript are listed on the Registrar's website.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All Summer Fellows must submit a final report, usually by early September. Final reports generally describe the host organization and summarize the projects and kind of work undertaken during the summer.

Summer Fellows should plan to attend the annual Liman Public Interest Colloquium at Yale Law School March 31 - April 2, 2016.