Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program

Each year, HOPE selects rising 2L students with a genuine commitment to public interest work for its Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program. This highly competitive program involves full-time work at a public interest agency, classroom sessions, and a legal research and writing project.  

The fellows experience firsthand how lawyers can make a significant difference in the lives of indigent clients by representing them in domestic violence, mental health, education, disability and immigration cases as well as in other proceedings.

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  • Orientation/training in late May and an 8-week, full-time internship at a public interest organization.
  • Corresponding classroom sessions, including participation in a seminar where members of the bench and bar share their experiences.
  • Weekly journals and legal research/writing project.
  • Students receive a stipend and academic credit.
  • All 1Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 35 hours per week over the course of 8 weeks.
  • Fellows will be placed at South Florida agencies such as: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, Dade Legal Aid, Americans for Immigrant Justice, and Catholic Charities, among others.

To Apply

Click here to submit an online application. Deadline to apply is February 17th at 12:00 noon. Interviews will take place in late February and early March decisions will be made by March 10th. For more information, email

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Marni Lennon
Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean, Public Interest and Pro Bono and HOPE Director, shares how HOPE works with students.

Sharon Booth
Sharon Booth, HOPE Assistant Director, works with programming and community advocacy projects to instill a pro bono ethic in all students.


Sara Baez, Program Coordinator, HOPE Public Interest Resource Center