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:

Domestic agencies:

  • ACLU
  • 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

International agencies:

  • 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

COVID19 & Summer Funding

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.