Summer Public Service Fellowship Program 2022 Overview

Summer Public Service Fellowship Program

As part of its commitment to furthering the public good, the School of Law is supporting 10 paid public service fellowships for the summer of 2022. The fellowship program offers meaningful employment opportunities to promising law students interested in public service careers and provides legal services to nonprofit, non-governmental, and government entities that cannot otherwise afford summer interns.

Fellows will receive a $5,500 scholarship ($500 of which is applied to tuition costs) for 10-weeks of full-time work for a qualifying public service employer during the summer of 2022. Fellows will also receive a course credit.

The recipient of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation (SPBF) Fellowship, which is described in more detail below, will receive $5,000 in wages (rather than a scholarship) and will not receive a course credit unless the student chooses to enroll.

Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Fellowship

The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation was formed in 2000 and began funding the Public Policy Fellowship Program in 2005. Each year, the foundation awards fellowships to exceptional first- and second-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. One University of Arkansas School of Law student will be awarded funding to advance public policy issues through domestic or international non-profit institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Please note that Squire Patton Boggs fellows receive $5,000 in the form of wages.

Eligibility

While both first- and second-year law students are eligible, preference will be given to first-year students. Students with an interest in – and demonstrated commitment to – public service will also receive preference. To receive a fellowship, students must be in good financial standing with the School of Law and may not transfer to another school for the 2022-23 school year. Preference will be given to students based on their financial need.

Students are responsible for securing a qualifying public service employer willing to host and supervise them. Qualifying employers include 501(c)(3) organizations, other non-profits, and local, state, or federal entities, including tribal governments. For-profit law firms that perform public interest work do not meet the qualifications for this program. Funding preference is made for students working for organizations, including government entities, that cannot otherwise afford summer law clerks. Due to COVID-19, eligible positions may be in-person, remote, or a combination of the two.

In addition to the other fellowship requirements, SPBF applicants must be interested in work during the summer in a domestic or international public policy position. More information about the foundation’s Public Policy Fellowships is found on their website, which students are encouraged to review before preparing their application. The applicant must have secured a position doing policy work at a non-profit institution or a government agency in order to apply for this fellowship.

Application Deadline

An electronic copy of the completed application and all required attachments must be uploaded to the Public Service Fellowship TWEN site by 8 p.m. on March 18, 2022. See the Application Instructions for details.

Decision Timeline

Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2022. For applicants to the SPBF Fellowship, after being selected by the School of Law, the selected student and placement must be approved by the foundation. Once approved, all successful applicants will be provided with a commitment letter to sign and submit.

Responsibilities

In addition to working full-time for 10 weeks and completing duties assigned by their host organization, the fellows will be expected to participate in an orientation, mid-summer meeting, and end of summer meeting and to submit a written summary of their experiences to the School of Law in August. They are also asked to assist with promotion of the program.

SPBF fellows must also submit a brief description of their summer activities to the foundation in early July, complete a survey, and write a full report at the end of the fellowship.

Fellowship Conditions

Students must perform 10 weeks of full-time work (unless they have been approved for a split-summer 6-week full-time fellowship) and attend the School of Law during the 2022-23 academic year.

The summer fellowships may generally be combined with other fellowships or awards up to a total of $8,000. For example, if a student receives the $5,500 fellowship, they are also permitted to receive an additional $2,500 from other sources. However, the SPBF fellowship award cannot be combined with any other fellowships, awards or grants. Applicants must acknowledge that they will not receive any other pay or funding for the proposed work, should they receive the SPBF fellowship.

Externships and Paid Positions

In addition to the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program, students interested in public service opportunities should consider paid positions and externships with public service employers. More information is available on the School of Law website and by contacting Career Services and Ashley Menendez, director of internships.

Questions?

Please contact professor Annie Smith, director of Public Service and Pro Bono (abs006@uark.edu), if you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program.