HOPE Summer Public Interest Opportunities

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There are two distinct summer public interest opportunities available for students at Miami Law through the HOPE: (1) HOPE Summer Fellowships and (2) Public Interest Summer Fellowships.

In addition, Miami Law students seek externships, judicial internships, and volunteer opportunities in legal advocacy. HOPE Staff are available to assist, along with CSO advisors, to direct law students to pursue public interest opportunities.

(1) HOPE Summer Fellowships:

  • All 1Ls and 2Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 360 hours of work over a period of no less than 9 weeks.
  • Fellows have an ongoing reporting and feedback commitment throughout the duration of their placement consisting of weekly journals and weekly article reviews followed by group discussions.
  • Each Fellow receives a $5,000 stipend for otherwise uncompensated work at a public interest agency.
  • Fellows do not receive school credit for the work. They may not be enrolled in courses concurrently.
  • Placements are at the local, national, and international levels.
  • To apply or for more information visit the HOPE Fellows webpage.

(2) HOPE Summer Public Interest Fellowships:

  • All 1Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 35 hours per week over the course of 8 weeks.
  • This highly competitive program includes a public interest law seminar and a legal research and writing project for which Fellows receive a $2,500 stipend and 3 academic credits.
  • Fellows may choose among the following local Miami public interest agencies: Americans for Immigrant Justice; Catholic Charities; Legal Aid Services of Broward County; Legal Aid Society of the Dade County Bar Association; Legal Services of Greater Miami; and the Public Defender’s Office.
  • Applications for 2015 will be available by December 1, 2014.


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.