Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program

summer fellowsEach 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 local public interest agency, classroom sessions, and a legal research and writing project.  

HOPE Summer Public Interest Programs 2019The fellows experience firsthand how lawyers can make a significant difference in the lives of clients by representing them in domestic violence, education, disability, housing and immigration cases, as well as in other proceedings.

See the latest 2019 Summer Public Interest Fellows Brochure
See Past Fellows: 2018, 2017, 20162015, 2014


  • Orientation/training in late May and an 8-week, full-time internship at a local 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 $2500 stipend and three hours of academic credit (tuition-free).
  • All 1Ls who are in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 or above, are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 35 hours of work per week over the course of 8 weeks.
  • Students who have already secured an internship at a local non-profit or government agency are eligible to apply. Otherwise, HOPE will match fellows with South Florida agencies such as: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, Dade Legal Aid, and Catholic Charities Legal Services, among others.

To Apply

The application is available here. Please open the link in Firefox and enter your username (example seb123) and an associated password. If you have issues logging in, please visit the IT Department on the first floor of the law library. 

The deadline is February 14, 2020 at 12 noon. Interviews will take place in late February and early March and decisions will be made by mid-March. For more information, email