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Commonly Asked Questions
- What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
In 2014, we had Summer Fellows from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman and Yale.
- 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 host must be a 501(c)(3) organization.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- May I apply if I am a graduating college senior?
- 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.