Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program

Many Cumberland School of Law students serve during the summer as participants in the Public Interest Fellowship Program. This fellowship program provides stipends to students who volunteer their time working for a public interest, government (local, state or federal) or a non-profit entity during the summer. A student can go anywhere in the country as long as the job requires legal skills. The program has continued to grow in popularity over the years from 11 students its first year (2005), to more than 100 students.

During the summer public interest fellowship program, students work six to 12 weeks at their assigned job. In past years, these jobs have been with judges, state and federal prosecutors, state and federal public defenders, environmental and public policy groups, and volunteer lawyer programs. Students have worked in several states, including Alabama, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“The program is a win-win for all concerned,” said Dean John L. Carroll. “The agencies where students volunteer get legal assistance they may not otherwise have had. Our students benefit by being exposed to public interest law and public service. And, they make valuable networking connections.”

The fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Cumberland School of Law alumni, the Henry G. Sims and Henry Upson Sims Foundation, Beasley Allen law firm, and Miles McGrane '75.

Summer Public Interest Fellowship Application

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