Building on St. John’s Vincentian mission of
serving those in need, as well as the ethical obligation of lawyers
to promote social justice, the Summer Public Interest Fellowship
Program at St. John's School of Law seeks to encourage and
facilitate St. John’s law students’ participation in the delivery
of legal services and/or legal advocacy to traditionally
underrepresented clients, groups, or interests.
Fellowships are awarded to qualified students for full-time summer
positions with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies
representing traditionally underrepresented clients, groups or
interests. For purposes of the Summer Public Interest Fellowship
Program, the definition of “public interest” is any entity ― public
(i.e. government) or private ― that provides legal assistance
and/or legal advocacy for low-income, underserved, or
disenfranchised people and communities.
While the typical fellowship award is around $5000, the number of
fellowships available in a given year and the award amounts are
based on available funds. These funds are raised by the Public
Interest Committee through events and initiatives, including
Public Interest Auction.
For more information on the 2013 Summer Public Interest Fellowship
Program at St. John’s School of Law, please