The Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program is designed for students who have a genuine interest in public interest work. The student 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.
This highly competitive program includes a nine week, full-time internship at a public interest organization, a public Interest law seminar, and a legal research and writing project. Students receive a stipend and academic credit.
Recent summer placements have included Legal Services of Greater Miami, Americans for Immigrant Justice (formerly Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center), Catholic Charities, Dade County Legal Aid Society, State Attorney's Office, Public Defenders Office, Broward Legal Aid, and the UM Human Rights Clinic.
"The Program ignited my desire to serve our community as a public defender and served as a springboard for me to do so."
Summer Public Interest Fellow 2009
"I had the unique opportunity to intern with the Legal Aid Society of Dade County Bar Association in the domestic violence unit. My experience was invaluable and I am forever grateful for UM's commitment to providing law students the opportunity to help promote access to justice."
Rashanda E. McCollum,
Summer Public Interest Fellow 2010
Deadline to apply is Feb. 15. (Note that these application deadlines are distinct from summer clinic application deadlines.)
HOPE helps facilitate a number of community outreach and legal advocacy projects offering students, staff and faculty the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others. Though we add new programs yearly based on student interest, below is the list of our current project in which students can participate:
Education and Youth Literacy
Pro Bono Legal Research
Re-Entry and Restoration of Rights
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
If you have an idea for a project, please complete the HOPE Project Proposal Form or contact email@example.com. We are eager to hear from you and explore what projects meet your interests and, if the opportunity arises, develop a new area of outreach and advocacy.
"Public interest law is not only about thinking and acting like an attorney, but thinking and acting like a human being as well. The line is often blurred between pure 'legal' work and pure 'social' work, but in the end public interest law involves the best of both worlds." - Jonathan Cole, J.D. 2008