Career Development Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
UHLC has a long history of subsidizing student summer work for local non-profit employers. This highly competitive program was greatly expanded in 1999 with a generous grant from the Houston Endowment. With their support, UHLC was able to quadruple the number of annual fellowships and add government employers as a placement option. In 2014, the Law Center was able to finance 30 fellowships.
Students are responsible for choosing the agency, arranging their placement, and submitting all required applications and forms noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Please read through the FAQ below for eligibility requirements and detailed application instructions.
What is the purpose of the fellowship?
Who is eligible for the fellowship?
What are the terms of the fellowship?
How do I apply for the fellowship?
What criteria are considered for selection of fellows?
What placements qualify for this fellowship?
How do I find a fellowship placement?
What happens after I apply for the fellowship?
When do I know whether I have been selected for a fellowship?
What do I do about my placement if not selected for a fellowship?
If selected, when do I get the money?
To provide opportunities for work exposure in the public interest legal community, thereby instilling an excitement about and a commitment to public service in our students and graduates.
1Ls, 2Ls, and part-time 3Ls in good academic standing.
Students who are working full-time (35 - 40 hours per week) are eligible to receive $400.00 a week for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 weeks.
Students working outside the Houston area can apply for an additional $1,000 for travel expenses. The exact amount of the travel grant awarded may be different than the amount requested and will be determined by the program administrator in accordance with funds available for competing needs.
Please keep in mind that students can only apply for a fellowship for one internship and students cannot receive both academic credit and a fellowship for the same internship.
Students must first secure their summer placement with a public interest organization or a government agency. Then, by noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, students must submit the following application materials:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students who will be working outside of the greater Houston area an apply for an additional $1,000 for travel expenses by filling out the Travel Expense Request Form and turning it with all other required application materials.
Students may work with legal departments of government agencies or non-profit organizations. The placement can either provide direct legal services or be more focused on policy and legislative change. Judicial internships do not qualify as fellowship placements. Fellowship work must be of a substantive legal nature and must be supervised by a licensed attorney.
For students pursuing non-traditional or alternative legal placements, eligibility to apply for a fellowship will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email Bhavika Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Your career counselor can help you identify resources and recruiting events to find and connect with public interest employers. Make an appointment here.
The applications are reviewed by a board of public interest attorneys and faculty who rank the candidates. The fellowships are awarded in descending order until funds for this year are exhausted.
Recipients will be notified early to mid April.
UHLC highly recommends keeping all commitments made to an organization. If you are not selected for a Summer Public Interest Fellowship you have three options:
If, however, it is impossible to fulfill a work commitment without receipt of fellowship funding, we ask you to clearly explain the contingent nature of your application to the organization.
Payment is generally released the first week of June.