Summer Funding for Public Interest Work

Summer Funding for Public Interest Work

The following is for Only DU Law students:

 o    PILG & Denver Law Summer Clerkships (Amount TBD): The student group PILG raises money each year to provide funding to students who are working in a legal placement with a nonprofit or government agency. Denver Law also provides funding for these awards. The number of awards and amount of each award is yet to be determined. Applications are due by April 19, 2018. You have to complete an online application: Instructions on that application also indicate that you have to submit a resume and verification from your placement to

o    Public Policy: Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Fellowship ($2500)- If you will be engaging in public policy work for either a nonprofit or government agency, consider applying for this fellowship. You cannot engage in litigation, trial work, or client representation to receive an award. Two awards will be given. Applications are submitted through Symplicity and are due by 5pm on Friday, March 23, 2018. For more info, visit the active listing on Symplicity (search for job number 12650).


o    Hill and Robbins Fellowship with the Colorado Lawyers Committee ($4000 for the summer, 100 hours of work for spring at $10/hour): If you are interested in nonprofit work and have some availability this spring as well as this summer, consider applying to this fellowship. The chosen applicant will work 100 hours in the Spring Semester for $10 per hour, and then 10 weeks in the summer for a stipend of $4,000. There is an option to continue in the fall. One award will be given. Apply through Symplicity; the deadline is February 23, 2018. For more detailed information, visit the active listing on Symplicity—search for job number 16017.


o    Ved Nanda Center Summer Stipends: ($500-$1500 generally): The Ved Nanda Center at Denver Law often provides funds for stipends to students working or externing in the area of human rights. This program has not yet been finalized yet for summer 2018, but we imagine information will come out soon. Visit and/or email for more information in the coming months.


Summer Funding for Public Interest Work, open to all law students:


o    Rural Summer Legal Corps – Paid Nonprofit Work: This program is designed to place 30 law students at civil aid organizations across the country to provide direct services in underserved rural communities. Students work for 8 to 10 weeks and receive a cash stipend of $5000, and are also eligible to receive credit. As there is only one Colorado-based placement, if you are looking to work outside of the state in nonprofits, this is a great program. Apply here; deadline is February 11, 2018.


o    EJW AmeriCorpsJD Program: This national program offers a $1,222 education award to students working on veterans issues, elder justice, and some specific work in NY. You can apply to work at an organization listed, or apply with an organization you have secured whose work addresses the stated issue areas. The application is available and the deadline is May 15, 2018 but it is a comprehensive process so check it out soon. A session with Equal Justice Works will be hosted on March 7 to learn more about this and other programs.


o    For a broader list of summer stipends that are open to non-Denver Law students visit the PSJD Summer Funding Sources page, which advertises stipends for work in a range of geographic areas and/or substantive issues. Deadlines vary and the list is updated periodically.


Finally, please save the Date-PILG’s Annual Silent Auction and I HEART Public Interest Week during the week of March 19. Every year, the student organization PILG runs an auction to raise money for students doing unpaid public interest work at nonprofits or government agencies in the summer. Students can bid on gift cards to a range of business, tickets, and the very popular Professor/Staff Experiences, which provide opportunities to hang with faculty/staff.  Lunch talks on various public interest topics sponsored by PILG, Externships, and CDO will also be organized this week.

As you are actively seeking summer work, don’t forget about these opportunities to help you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the public sector team in the CDO if you have any questions on these opportunities. And, don’t fret if you haven’t yet secured a placement. There’s plenty of time, and the deadlines for most of these stipends are in the future!

Thank you for your interest in using your legal training to support the public good.

By Andrea Montague
Andrea Montague Career / Student Development Consultant Andrea Montague