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Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School supports undergraduates and graduate students working in the public interest. Broadly defined, public interest law includes helping those often lacking resources to retain attorneys, as well as engaging in a variety of advocacy work, and participating in shaping public policy.

The Liman Summer Fellowship Program is coordinated by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School. That program is named after Arthur Liman, a 1957 graduate of Yale Law School. Through his distinguished career, Liman demonstrated how dedicated lawyers in both private practice and public life can serve the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented. The Liman Summer Fellowships are funded by the generous support of Arthur Liman’s son, the filmmaker Doug Liman, the Liman Foundation, and other sources.

The Liman Summer Fellowship offers students an opportunity to participate in public interest law projects. Summer Fellows have worked on issues such as immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, prison conditions, educational adequacy, and juvenile justice. Placements can include organizations providing civil or criminal legal services to individuals, institutions representing particular groups, entities focused on problems of legal and public policy, and law-related media. Summer Fellows have the opportunity to participate in the Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium, an annual event held at Yale Law School that brings together advocates, scholars, and students from across the country for a day-long discussion on public interest topics such as low-wage workers and workfare, the role of mass media in public interest advocacy, and organizing both globally and locally. Through their involvement with the Liman Program, Summer Fellows become part of a large network of public interest advocates.

In general, the Liman Summer Fellowship program supports work in the United States. On rare occasions, work that has both an international and domestic focus has been supported. On occasion, work with federal, state, or local government, which is targeted at particularly needy populations, has been supported. After you receive a fellowship, you should speak with your Liman program advisor at your school about placements. Placement decisions must be made in consultation with your advisor.

All Yale undergraduates - with the exception of graduating seniors - are eligible to apply. Fellowships are offered to students at Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton (undergraduate graduate), and Spelman. For undergraduates, a stipend of $3,000 is provided for an 8-10 week internship. Fellows are required to write a short report after completing their fellowships. Summer fellows may not receive other fellowship funding for the same internship.

Students at schools other than Yale should contact the Summer Fellowship advisor at their respective school for specific application information.

At the time of application, students need not have identified a specific project. The Liman Program will help with placements, including at organizations with Liman Fellows. However, if students are interested in specific substantive areas or projects, they should describe them.