HOPE Public Interest Opportunities

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HOPE is a dynamic center, defined by the dedication and thoughtfulness of its volunteers, project leaders and Fellows. We offer:

Miami Scholars Public Interest Program

The Miami Scholars Program is a scholarship for entering students with an exceptional academic record and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

HOPE Fellows Program

In the HOPE Fellows Program, Fellows 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

The Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program includess 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. There are also HOPE Summer Fellowships.

Public Interest Leadership Board

The Public Interest Leadership Board (PILB) provides an opportunity for outstanding students to play a key role in fostering the public interest mission at the School of Law.

Pro Bono Legal Research Project

In the Pro Bono Legal Research Project, students are teamed up with leading public and private sector attorneys to work on pro bono and public interest cases. This is just one example of the many public interest projects in which students can participate (see more at right).

Social Justice Media Recommendations

Miami Law students have compiled a list of social justice-related movies and books designed to engage and promote awareness. Click here.

The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center has assembled a list of podcasts touching on various social justice and public interest-related topics. Click here to listen.

Advocacy Projects

Each year, in conjunction with HOPE, students leaders facilitate legal advocacy projects in collaboration with public interest agencies and pro bono attorneys. These projects enable law students to participate in flexible and ongoing projects, learning more about the critical need for access to justice while developing their legal advocacy skills. Sample projects include:



If you have an idea for a project, please complete the HOPE Project Proposal Form or contact umhope@law.miami.edu. 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.