Applications for BPILP fellowships are distributed during the
spring semester of each year. To receive a fellowship, students
must already have an internship secured for the coming summer.
When grading fellowship applications, BPILP involvement (the
number of hours you contribute to the organization) is heavily
weighted. It is important that students interested in a BPILP
fellowship get involved early. BPILP has events
throughout the year, and our auction in early March is a great
opportunity to volunteer.
- Applicants must be first- or second-year students at the
University at Buffalo School of Law.
- Applicants may work for a legal organization or social agency
performing direct legal work in the public interest, such as legal
services offices, public defender’s or district
attorney’s offices, or any other agency that employs
- Applicants may work on legal issues at a non-profit agency or
organization that directly performs public interest endeavors, but
does not necessarily practice law. Examples may include homeless
shelters, health centers, veterans support services and similar
- Applicants may work for a government agency so long as their
goals and the applicant’s project are consistent with working
in the public interest.
- BPILP will consider funding proposals for work with
organizations, other than those outlined in Nos. 2, 3 and 4 above,
that address broad public policy concerns such as public health,
poverty, civil rights, criminal prosecution and defense, consumer
issues, labor, environment and immigration. Examples include
organizations such as the Sierra Club, NOW, NAACP, Public Citizen,
individual labor unions and public interest law firms.
- Proposals for employment in a political/government campaign or
for a political party will not be considered.
- Applicants may participate in lobbying in the form of
legislative advocacy for populations or concerns detailed in No. 5
- BPILP will also consider funding internships with judges if the
student can articulate why his/her particular judicial internship
serves a public interest.
- Past BPILP fellows may not apply for another BPILP fellowship.
However, students may apply to any of the non-BPILP funded
fellowships being offered.