Fellowships Application

Fellowships are available for current 1L and 2L students. You must be matriculated as a current UB School of Law student and have proof a summer position to apply.

Instructions:

  1. Identify each fellowship for which you intend to apply. You may apply for any scholarships for which you meet the minimum criteria.
  2. Prepare to upload your Personal Statement (PDF Preferred)
  3. Prepare to upload your Resume (PDF Preferred)
  4. Prepare to upload your Letter of Recommendation (PDF Preferred)
  5. Statement of BPILP Involvement   (PDF Preferred)
  6. Prepare to upload your Statement of Proposed Internship (PDF Preferred)
  7. Letter of Support from Sponsoring Organization (PDF Preferred)
The deadling to apply is Friday, April 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

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Please note, funding for the some fellowships listed below is anticipated but not confirmed. You will be notified if funding is eliminated for any fellowship you apply for as soon as possible.

Public Interest Fellowship Awards

Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellowship Awards
Requirements:
BPILP Criteria
Description: These fellowships can be up to $3,000 and will be awarded to students working full-time for the public interest.  Criteria are outlined in this application.

Dean’s Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellowship Award
Requirements:
BPILP Criteria
Description: This fellowship is funded by the University at Buffalo School of Law’s Dean’s Office and will be given to one or two students.

Buffalo Law Alumni Association BPILP Fellowship Award
Requirements:
BPILP Criteria
Description: This $3,500 fellowship is funded by the University at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association and will be given to one student who is working full-time for the public interest.

Joseph Antonecchia Fellowship Award
Requirements:
BPILP Criteria
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to one student who is working for the public interest for the summer of 2019.

Garry M. Graber Summer Fellowship Award
Requirements:
BPILP Criteria. This student must complete a summer fellowship at the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo or Center for Elder Law & Justice.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to one student who has summer employment at VLP or CELJ.

Kristin Graham Koehler ’94 and David Koehler ’94 Public Interest Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Only current 1L students are eligible for this fellowship which will be awarded using BPILP fellowship criteria.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L student with a preference for students who will work in the area of consumer protection for the summer of 2019.

Volunteer Lawyers Project Fellowship Award
Requirements:
BPILP criteria.  Applicant must be a current 1L student and must have a summer fellowship at the Volunteers Lawyers Project.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L student who will work at VLP for the summer of 2019.

General Interest Fellowship Awards

Douglas W. and Grace D. Dimitroff Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Only current 1L students are eligible for this fellowship which will be awarded using general fellowship criteria.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to one current 1L student for the summer of 2019.

Freudenheim Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at the University at Buffalo School of Law and can not receive any other remuneration or academic credit for their summer work. BPILP fellowship criteria will apply and past BPILP fellowship recipients will be considered.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L or 2L student who has demonstrated commitment to public sector/government service and/or advocacy related to sexual assault/domestic/intimate partner violence issues and allegations. Applicants may work for a municipal, state or government entity/agency, legal organization, social agency, or no-profit organization that deals regularly with public interest legal issues. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to work to obtain state and/or municipal resources and services for individuals and families in need, in particular, those affected by sexual assault/domestic/intimate partner violence (including child abuse).

Family Violence Clinic Summer Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at the University at Buffalo School of Law. General fellowship criteria will apply.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L or 2L student who will work specifically for the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic at the University at Buffalo School of Law.  Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of survivors of family violence. Preference is given to students who have either taken the FVWRC, or who have a demonstrated work or volunteer history on behalf of survivors of family violence.  Under the direct supervision of the Clinic Director, the FVWRC summer fellow will appear in Family and Supreme courts on family offense, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support cases, and possibly make appearances in child welfare administrative hearings. The Fellow may also work on preparing divorce paperwork for low income clients in no-fault divorce cases. The fellow will conduct case screenings, and may work on clinic projects including research, preparation of community legal education materials, and assist in community presentations. The fellow will attend community meetings and trainings in the field of family violence.

Blanche Gische and Helen Schurkman Fellowship for Elder Justice
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at the University at Buffalo School of Law. General fellowship criteria will apply.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L or 2L student who will work specifically under the supervision of the University at Buffalo School of Law Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic Director Danielle Pelfrey Duryea. The Gische-Schurkman Fellow will represent older adult patients of Roswell Park, provide capacity-building training for front-line Roswell Park staff, and conduct legal education for Roswell Park patients and families. In addition to direct client service work through the HJC, the Gische-Shurkman Fellow will work at the Center for Elder Law & Justice one day per week on a joint HJC-CELJ research project.  The Fellow will conduct in-depth legal, legislative, and policy research and analysis in pertinent areas including, but not limited to:  Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Family Health Care Decisions Act, Supported Decision Making, and patient/resident rights.  The result will be a paper that discusses current practices, problems, and solutions that can be used for future advocacy.

Kaplan & Reynolds Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at the University at Buffalo School of Law and can not receive any other remuneration or academic credit for their summer work. BPILP fellowship criteria will apply and past BPILP fellowship recipients will be considered.
Description: There are up to two $3,000 fellowships that may be awarded to a current 1L or 2L student who will work for a legal organization, social agency, non-profit organization or government entity/agency that deals regularly with public interest legal issues. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to overcoming discrimination in underrepresented populations or the effects of past discrimination in an underrepresented populations in our society.

Kristin Graham Koehler ’94 and David Koehler ’94 Judicial Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Only current 1L students are eligible for this fellowship which will be awarded using general fellowship criteria.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L student with a preference for a student who will work as an intern for a judge during the summer of 2019.

Martha Krisel Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at the University at Buffalo School of Law and can not receive any other remuneration or academic credit for their summer work.  BPILP fellowship criteria will apply and past BPILP fellowship recipients will be considered.
Description: This $2,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L or 2L student who may work for a legal organization, social agency, non-profit organization or government entity/agency that deals regularly with public interest legal issues.  Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to overcoming discrimination in underrepresented populations, to the effects of past discrimination in underrepresented populations in our society, or to public sector/government issues.

Francis M. and Cindy Abbott Letro Diversity Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a current 1L student of color.
Description: Five $3,000 fellowships will be award to current 1L students of color using general fellowship criteria for the summer of 2019.

Jessica Ortiz ’05 Federal Judicial Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a current 1L student who will summer with Hon. Julio Fuentes or a SDNY judge.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L student who will work as a judicial intern for Hon. Julio M. Fuentes, Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit or for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the summer of 2019.

Terry M. Richman Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L at the University at Buffalo School of Law and can not receive any other remuneration or academic credit for their summer work.  BPILP fellowship criteria will apply and past BPILP fellowship recipients will be considered.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L or 2L student who may work for a legal organization, social agency, non-profit organization or government entity/agency that deals regularly with public interest legal issues.  Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to overcoming discrimination in underrepresented populations, to the effects of past discrimination in underrepresented populations in our society, or to public sector/government issues.

William F. Savino ’75, Elizabeth Martin Savino ’92, & Emma M. Savino ’18 Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a current 1L student at the University at Buffalo School of Law and will be selected using general fellowship criteria.
Description: This $3,000 fellowship will be awarded to a current 1L student who will work at the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division.

Suzanne E. Tomkins Women, Children, and Social Justice Fellowship Award
Requirements:
Applicant must be a 1L or 2L student at the University at Buffalo School of Law and can not receive any other remuneration or academic credit for their summer work.  BPILP fellowship criteria will apply and past BPILP fellowship recipients will be considered.
Description: This $2,500 fellowship will be awarded to current 1L or 2L student who has an offer in hand to work for a legal organization, social agency, non-profit organization, or government entity/agency that deals regularly with intimate partner violence legal issues. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence.

Western New York Law Center Paid Internship
Requirements:
Applicants must be a 1L or 2L student at the University at Buffalo School of Law and be able to work a paid internship for 10 weeks, 35 hours/week.  Applicants cannot receive any other remuneration or academic credit for their summer work.
Description: This $5,250 fellowship is a student internship available to rising 1L or 2L students. Student interns are responsible for research, interviewing clients, drafting motions for forclosure defense cases and class action lawsuits, and arguing motions before City Court Judges under the student practice order for our CLARO clinic, a consumer debt program.  This paid internship is funded by members of the UB Law Class of 1980.