Sparer Fellowship

Unique Summer Internships

The Sparer Fellowship Program is an outstanding opportunity for high-caliber, qualified students to engage in concentrated studies and unique internships. Fellows are placed at leading public interest organizations, in the U.S. and abroad, providing legal services to underrepresented constituencies. Members of the Sparer Faculty Committee and the Director of Public Service Programs assist fellows in finding a placement that matches their interests. They receive a stipend of $5,000 for their summer internship, and additional funds are available to offset travel expenses when a placement is located outside of New York.

The internships provide students with valuable experience in state and federal litigation, drafting legislation, commenting on proposed laws and regulations, organizing communities, counseling clients, and negotiating with adversaries and government agencies. Each fall, the fellows present compelling accounts of their internships to the Law School community that help educate their peers on public interest issues.

Fellows are mentored by members of the Sparer Fellowship Committee as well as alumni fellows, creating a close-knit community of like-minded individuals. They also attend the program’s monthly luncheons on timely topics, and the annual Sparer forum or symposium on critical issues in public interest law. 

Learn more about our current Sparer Fellows and their summer placements.

    • Children’s Defense Fund
    • Education Law Center
    • Lawyers for Children
    • Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division
    • National Center for Youth Law
    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • Center for Constitutional Rights
    • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
    • New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
    • Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
    • Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center
    • Center for Capital Litigation
    • Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division
    • Legal Aid Society, Federal Defender Division, EDNY and SDNY
    • Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem
    • New York State Capital Defender Office
    • Office of the Appellate Defender
    • Prisoners’ Legal Services
    • AFL-CIO
    • Committee of Interns and Residents
    • National Employment Law Project
    • National Writers Union
    • Kav La’oved - Workers’ Hotline for the Protection of Workers Rights (Tel Aviv, Israel)
    • Environmental Defense Fund
    • Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Regional Plan Association
    • Empire State Pride Agenda
    • Gay Men’s Health Crisis
    • LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund
    • National Center for Lesbian Rights
    • New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
    • Alaska Legal Services
    • American Indian Law Alliance
    • Brooklyn Legal Services Corp.
    • California Public Interest Research Group
    • Legal Aid Society
    • Legal Services for the Elderly
    • New York Legal Assistance Group
    • Northwest Justice Project
    • Texas Rural Legal Aid
    • Urban Justice Center
    • HIV Law Project
    • Mental Health Law Project
    • Bronx Legal Services Lead Poisoning Project
    • Housing Works
    • South Brooklyn Legal Services Foreclosure Prevention Project
    • Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
    • Center for Child Advocacy (Makati City, Philippines)
    • Central American Refugee Center
    • Human Rights in China
    • Indian People’s Human Rights Commission (Bombay, India)
    • Jamaica Human Rights Council (Kingston, Jamaica)
    • National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Cape Town, South Africa)
    • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    • World Organization Against Torture
    • Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
    • Equality Now
    • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
    • Project Safeguard
    • Sanctuary for Families
    • National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Learn more about the recent Sparer Forum.

Have questions? We have answers.

Sparer Fellowship Program
Marva Skeene
Brooklyn Law School
250 Joralemon Street, Room 800A
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Telephone: (718) 780-0351

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