Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship is sponsored by the Swearer Center for Public Service in conjunction with Yale Law School. This fellowship supports undergraduates who want to spend the summer working in the area of public interest law. Broadly defined, public interest law includes helping those often lacking resources to retain attorneys, or to engage in advocacy work of a variety of kinds or to participate in shaping public policy. Undergraduate Fellows have worked in areas such as civil legal services for criminal defendants, children's rights, immigrants’ right, drug policy, and the death penalty. Placements can include organizations providing civil or criminal legal services to individuals, representation of particular groups, entities focused on problems of legal and public policy or law-related media.
The program is named after Arthur Liman, Yale '57, who through his long and distinguished career, demonstrated how dedicated lawyers in both private practice and public life could serve the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented. Brown’s Liman Undergraduate Summer Fellowship is funded by the generous support of Arthur Liman's son, the filmmaker Doug Liman.
All currently-enrolled Brown University undergraduates are eligible to apply, including seniors wishing to work the summer immediately following their graduation.
The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend. Brown Liman Fellows will work closely with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School and will join Liman Fellows from Yale, Barnard, Princeton, Harvard and Spellman College.
If you are awarded a Summer Fellowship, you will also receive a list of public interest lawyers who have been Yale Law School Liman Fellows so that you can learn about the work they did as post-graduate public interest law fellows. Several former Summer Fellows have spent their summers working with Yale Law School Liman Fellows and we encourage you to take advantage of those connections.
At the time of application, undergraduates need not have identified a specific project. The Liman Program will help with placements, including organizations with Liman Fellows. However, if students are interested in specific substantive areas or projects, they should indicate this as part of the application process.
Applicants should submit 1 copy of the following:
- Current resume;
- Two letters of support, at least one of which should be from a Brown faculty member. Referees can submit their letters via email to Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu. Please have letters addressed to Linda Dunleavy, Associate Dean of the College for Fellowships.
- A 3-4 page Statement of Objectives that addresses the following:
- How your plans for the summer relate to your academic work or aspirations as well as to your extracurricular involvements or interests.
- Prior experience working for the public interest, including any experience assisting individuals or advocating for causes.
- Other examples of your commitment to public interest work.
- Your aspirations for future public interest involvements either academically or in terms of other activities.
Fellowship deadline is 5pm January 14, 2013.
All application materials can be sent electronically to Linda_Sutherland@brown.edu, delivered to University Hall Suite 213 or sent to:
Program Coordinator, Fellowships
1 Prospect Street, Box 1828
Providence, RI 02912
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