Deadline for 2017 Liman Yale Summer Fellowships Applications: Monday, February 13, 2017

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

Applicants must propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline.  The Program does not restrict work to particular substantive areas but does require that the Summer Fellow’s host organization be a nonprofit, qualified as a 501(c) (3) organization.  Additionally, each year, the Liman Program at Yale sponsors designated Liman Fellowships at the Legal Action Center in New York City and at All Our Kin in New Haven.   

All documents must be in Courier New 12 pt and in PDF format. A complete application will include:

1.       A cover sheet listing the applicant’s current contact information (address, phone, e-mail) and class. The applicant should also indicate interest in being considered for the designated Fellowships at LAC and All Our Kin.  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 also identify the applicant’s host organization; if the applicant has not yet secured a host, a list of pending applications should be provided.   

4.       Two (2) letters of recommendation from Yale faculty or senior staff who know the applicant’s work. The recommendations should be emailed to Christine Mullen (christine.mullen@yale.edu) as a PDF or mailed via university mail or regular mail to :
Yale Law School
Attn: Christine Mullen, Liman Program
PO Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
We ask the recommendation letters to also be in Courier 12 pt or larger.

5.       A copy of the applicant’s unofficial current college transcript.

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 on April 6-7, 2017.