Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship

This fellowship provides a stipend to select students working in public interest law positions during the summer.  Students identify internships of their choosing with support from the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship. In their applications, students will write a project narrative (max. 750 words) proposing a project they would like to work on.  Students must also submit copies of their resume and unofficial transcript.  A letter of sponsorship must be submitted (by May 15th) from the student's host organization in order to receive funding from our office.

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship Program supports the work of students from six universities, all of whom work to respond to problems of inequality and to improve access to justice.  In general, the Liman Summer Fellowship program supports work in the United States. On rare occasions, work that has both an international and domestic focus has been supported. 

Summer fellows have the opportunity to participate in the Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium, an event held every April at Yale Law School that brings together advocates, scholars, and students from across the country for a day-long discussion on public interest topics such as low-wage workers and workfare, the role of mass media in public interest advocacy, and policies of incarceration. Through their involvement with the Liman program, Summer fellows become part of a large network of public interest advocates.

The Liman Summer Fellowship Program is coordinated by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School. That program is named after Arthur Liman, a 1957 graduate of Yale Law School. Through his distinguished career, Liman demonstrated how dedicated lawyers in both private practice and public life can serve the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented. The Liman Summer Fellowships are funded by the generous support of Arthur Liman’s son, filmmaker Doug Liman, the Liman Foundation, and other sources.

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The student application deadline for the Liman Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship program is January 16, 2022. All students must apply via CARAT. Please download the file below for application submission instructions and relevant program stipulations.


2021 Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship Application Instructions593 KB