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 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 academic credit.
  • All 1Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 35 hours of work 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, and Catholic Charities Legal Services, among others.

To Apply

Applications will be available by early December 2019.

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