Public Interest at Miami Law (HOPE)


Welcome to the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center

The starting point for law students committed to advocacy and service is the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center. HOPE (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts), founded in 1998, provides individualized guidance to help students identify programs, clinics, projects, courses, and opportunities at the law school and beyond. HOPE is a dynamic center, building on topical and timely issues to create opportunities for law students to provide legal services and support those most in need. Read about HOPE in the News.

Miami Scholars Public Interest Program
The prestigious Miami Scholars Program is a scholarship and program for entering students with an exceptional academic records and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

HOPE Fellows Program
In the HOPE Fellows Program, students have the opportunity to create summer "dream jobs" in the public interest arena and serve as an integral part of our campus culture. Fellows return with lessons of their experiences and create advocacy projects for their peers.

Summer Public Interest Fellowships Program
In the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program, rising 2Ls are placed in local public sector agencies for full-time internships and take a public interest law seminar with a research and writing component.

Summer Opportunities
See Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program
See HOPE Summer Fellowships
See Careers in Public Interest

HOPE Pro Bono/Community Service Challenge
These are challenges in which Miami Law students pledge to complete a certain number of community service or pro bono hours. Click here for more information.

Pro Bono Legal Research Project
Through the Pro Bono Legal Research Project, Miami Law students are teamed with practitioners from the private and public sector to provide legal research and writing assistance on pro bono cases.

Social Justice Media Recommendations
The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and the Public Interest Leadership Board have assembled a list of media recommendations touching on various social justice and public interest-related topics. Click here for listing.

HOPE Advocacy Projects
Each year student leaders facilitate legal advocacy projects in collaboration with public interest agencies and pro bono attorneys. Click here to see a list of projects.

Additional Miami Law Programs Serving the Public Interest

Center for Ethics & Public Service
Miami STREET Law
CDO Externship Program
Lit Skills Externship Program
Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP)

See Overview of Programs  

 Financial Assistance: Scholarships/Fellowships

University of Miami School of Law students have access to various funding sources to support public interest work during law school and after graduation. Click here for information from the Financial Aid section of the site. Or click on the links below for HOPE Programs which provide financial assistance.
Miami Scholars Public Interest Program
HOPE Fellows Program
Summer Public Interest Fellowships


Contact HOPE
Log Pro Bono & Community Service Hours
Donate to HOPE
HOPE in the News

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Miami Law Public Interest Brochure

Summer Public Interest Brochure

Miami Scholars Brochure 

HOPE Fellows Brochure


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. 


Logan Haine Roberts, Class of 2014, talks about the impact of HOPE on his law school experience and his volunteering at Chapman Partnership for the homeless.

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