Public Interest Law Program – Fall 2015

Each semester (spring, summer and fall), the Law School awards a stipend to a number of students who have secured a public interest law internship. 

Applications for Fall 2015 Public Interest Fellowships will be accepted beginning Monday, August 31, 2015 and will be accepted through Monday, September 14, 2015 at 12:00 Noon.

You must secure a public interest placement before submitting your application.

Students interested in applying for a Public Interest Law award should begin thinking now about securing a placement for their PIL work experience. The Public Interest Law Program supports and encourages those students who would like to gain legal experience in public interest areas. Recent local placements have included:  

Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program
Community Legal Aid Services of Akron
City of Canton, Public Safety and Service Departments
Mahoning County Prosecutor
National Labor Relations Board
Ninth District Court of Appeals
Ohio Civil Rights Commission
U.S. Attorney's Office
Stark County Public Defender's Office
Summit County Prosecutor
University of Akron Legal Clinics/Appellate Review Office
U.S. Attorney's Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

If you think you would like to obtain a public interest internship, but have no idea how to line up a placement, please feel free to call upon Career Services Director, Alisa Benedict O’Brien or Professor Joann Sahl.

Public Interest Law Program Guidelines
Public Interest Law Program Application
Statement of Student Professionalism

The application form must be filled out by the student/applicant.  The organization that will employ you as a volunteer law clerk and will provide supervision will need to confirm that in a letter on their letterhead/stationery.  The employer will need to include your start date, end date, number of hours per week on average, supervisor's name, and a short paragraph describing your anticipated duties.  This letter also needs to be submitted by the application deadline. All materials must be submitted to the Career Services Office by the deadline.

Stop by the Career Services Office today for a copy of the applications and guidelines.