To apply for a Summer Public Interest Funding & Fellowship, please submit the form below.
Fellowship recipients are required to sign a contract verifying:
1. Commitment to the public interest employer for a minimum of 8 weeks at 35 hours/week (alternate schedules may be accommodated).
2. The fellow will be expected to work a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer for the sponsoring organization upon which the application is based.
3. Commitment to fulfilling the requisite number of hours of service to BPILP and/or the cooperative organization that is co-sponsoring the fellowship.
4. Commitment to provide either a blog, vlog and/or Podcast episode during your summer position. (Details provided at the beginning of the summer.)
5. Commitment to turn in a verification of hours worked halfway through and at the completion of the internship from the fellow’s employer via DocuSign.
6. Commitment to turn in a summary of the fellowship work by August 31, 2023.
7. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to fulfill the volunteer time commitment mentioned above will result in a partial or full forfeiture of the fellowship and a check stop on your HUB account.
1. Applicants must be 1L or 2Ls at the University at Buffalo School of Law.
2. Applicants may work for a legal organization or social agency performing direct legal work in the public interest such as Legal Services offices, Public Defenders or District Attorney’s offices, or any other agency that employs practicing attorneys.
3. 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, or similar organizations.
4. Applicants may work for a government agency so long as its goals and the applicant’s project are consistent with working in the public interest.
5. The Fellowships Administration Team will consider funding proposals for other organizations, other than those outlined in numbers 2, 3, and 4 above, which address broad public policy concerns, such as, but not limited to, public health, poverty, civil rights, criminal prosecution and defense, consumer issues, labor, environment, and immigration.
6. The Fellowships Administration Team will also consider funding internships with judges if the student can articulate why his/her particular judicial internship serves a public interest.
7. Proposals for employment in a political/government campaign or for a political party will not be considered.
8. Applicants may participate in lobbying efforts in the form of legislative advocacy for populations or concerns detailed in number 5 above.
Your completed application must consist of the following:
2. Supplemental documents including:
Resume (PDF Preferred)
Statement of Interest (PDF Preferred) –This statement should be no more than five (5) pages, double-spaced. Your personal statement should describe in detail your commitment to public interest law. Your statement should answer the following questions and address the following issues:
o Statement of BPILP Involvement - This statement should be approximately one paragraph in length and should describe if you are/were involved with BPILP this year.
o Statement of Proposed Internship - This statement should be approximately one to two paragraphs in length and include the following: contact name, organization name, address, and contact information of the sponsoring organization as well as a detailed description of your project or work.
Unofficial Transcript with grades posted through Bridge 2023 (Available via HUB)
Letter or Email Confirming Summer Position – Optional (PDF Preferred)