Summer Public Service Fellowship Program

Overview

The University of Arkansas School of Law Summer Public Service Fellowship Program provides seven paid public service fellowships to promising law students interested in public service careers. It offers meaningful employment opportunities and provides legal services to nonprofit, non-governmental and government entities that cannot otherwise afford summer interns.

Commitment

Fellows will receive a $5,000 scholarship for 10-weeks of full-time work for a qualifying public service employer. They will complete duties assigned by their host organization during the summer of 2019 and submit a written summary of their experiences to the School of Law in August.

Eligibility

  • First- and second-year law students are eligible, and preference will be given to first-year students.
  • Preference will be given to students with an interest in – and demonstrated commitment to – public service.
  • Students must be in good financial standing with the University of Arkansas School of Law.
  • Students may not transfer to another school for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Preference will be given to students based on their financial need.

Requirements

  • 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 will not be considered.
  • Funding preference is made for students working for an organization that cannot otherwise afford summer law clerks.
  • Consult the Summer Fellowship Application Overview 2019 document for additional details.

Note: There are additional requirements for those applying for the Squire Patton Boggs Fellowship. More information about the fellowship program is available on their website and 2018 Fellows brochure.

Application Process and Timeline

For more information on how to apply, see the 2019 Summer Fellowship Application Instructions. All application materials are due to Terri Huckleberry (whose office is located in the Dean’s suite) by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

Programmatic deadlines and milestones include:

  • 12/15/18: Application forms and information available
  • 03/01/19: Application deadline
  • 03/15/19: Notification of awards
  • 04/01/19: Deadline to accept

Other Public Service Summer Opportunities

Students interested in a paid placements in the public service sector, go to the online UARKLaw Career Center to search and apply to jobs, research employers and funding opportunities, schedule career advising appointments and more. The law school’s Office of Career Services is also helpful when looking for paid positions.

Public Service Externships

Externships Students interested in earning academic credit while participating in public service legal opportunities may consider a summer externship. Details are available on the Externships page or contact professor Angie Doss at amdoss@uark.edu. Summer externship applications are available in February each year.

Pro Bono and Community Engagement

Placements through the law school’s Pro Bono and Community Engagement are another way to advance a career in the public interest sector. The program offers opportunities for service and recognizes students who engage in substantive pro bono work. Pro bono opportunities are available on GivePulse in the law school’s Pro Bono subgroup or contact Professor Annie Smith at abs006@uark.edu.

Potential Work Areas

Offices and organizations where students can gain substantive public service legal experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Public Defender
  • Public Prosecutor
  • City Government
  • City Attorney
  • University Counsel
  • Public Utilities
  • Child Protection and Family Support
  • Legislators (state or federal)
  • Legislative Committees (state or federal)
  • Government Agencies (state or federal)
  • Trial Judges
  • Labor Unions
  • Foundations
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Nonprofit Organizations