Summer Public Interest Funding Program
The University of Chicago Law School is committed to supporting a range of summer public interest employment opportunities by providing a guaranteed award of $5000 to both first- and second-year law students.
Through the Heerey Fellowship Program, a variety of generous donors provide financial support to fund first year summer fellowships. In addition, the Chicago Law Foundation and a web of other generous donors further allow the Law School to commit public interest summer funding to support first- and second-year law students, including the support of students in international service positions.
Here are some examples of where our students worked in recent summers:
- Alliance Defending Freedom
- Center for Health Law Policy and Innovation
- Department of Homeland Security
- Equip for Equality
- Federal Trade Commission
- Lawyers for Children
- Legal Assistance Foundation
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- The Public Defender Service for DC
- Securities and Exchange Commission
- United States Attorney's Office
- United States Air Force
- Centre for Applied Legal Studies
- Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
- International IDEA
- Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre
- Korean Public Interest Lawyers Group
- The Peace Institute
Eight-week full-time participation is highly encouraged. During Summer 2020, remote internships with supervision and part-time work that meets the total hourly requirement of 300 hours (based on 8 FT weeks at 37.5 hours per work week) will also be eligible for Summer Public Interest Funding.