Summer Grant Program

The Summer Public Interest Grant Program is for students seeking funding to offset expenses relating to unpaid summer internships in public interest law. Students must secure placements before applying for funding.  Applications are typically available in January and due in March.  All instructions and details are available in the application form.

Summer Public Interest Grant Application

During the last few years, Alabama law students have been awarded summer grants for unpaid internships at the following organizations:

ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Montgomery, AL
Alabama Department of Human Resources, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama Possible, Birmingham, AL
Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC
Children at Risk, Houston, TX
Children’s Justice Center, Jackson, MS
DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur, GA
Duval County Public Defender’s Office, Panama City, FL
Elder Law Clinic, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC
Farmworker Unit, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
FBI Field Office, Birmingham, AL
Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Kampala, Uganda
Grameen Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh
International Institute of the Bay Area, Oakland, CA
Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office, Birmingham, AL
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Dallas, TX
Legal Aid Society, Birmingham, AL
Legal Services Alabama, Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, AL
Los Angeles Public Defender, Los Angeles, CA
Midwest Environmental Advocates, Madison, WI
Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, Jackson, MS
Missouri State Public Defender, Columbia, MO
Office of Capital Writs, Austin, TX
Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance, Anchorage, AK
Peoples Appalachian Center for the Environment (PACE), Knoxville, TN
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
The Family Defense Center, Chicago, IL
Timap for Justice, Freetown, Sierra Leone
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, NY
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs, Washington, DC
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
United Mountain Defense Board, Knoxville, TN

Please note that priority for funding is given to students working at non-profit (501c3) or non-governmental organizations; however applications for students interning at public defender or prosecutor offices as well as state and federal government entities, will be considered if funding permits.

Additional funding sources for summer public interest work can be found at https://www.psjd.org/Funding_&_Debt.

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