Preparing lawyers to work for social justice and the greater good has been part of Brooklyn Law School's mission since our founding over a century ago. The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program, established in 1985, has earned nationwide recognition and is an important element of that mission. Each year, a small number of entering and current students are selected for this elite program.
The core component of the Sparer Fellowship Program is a 10-week paid summer internship with a public interest organization in the U.S. or abroad. Fellows also attend monthly luncheons that highlight current public interest issues, help plan academic events, and participate in the selection of new Sparer fellows. Throughout their Law School years and beyond, fellows are mentored by faculty experts who teach courses and have rich backgrounds in this area of the law, as well as leading professionals and distinguished alumni fellows practicing in this area.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
Applicants must be accepted to Brooklyn Law School to be considered.
Once chosen, fellows are required to commit to active participation in the work of the program and must maintain a grade point average in the top half of their class for the duration of the fellowship.
Serious consideration is given to those applicants with strong academic backgrounds, demonstrated aptitude for law study, and other achievements, including proven interest in and commitment to the goals of the program. Therefore early filing of the admission application is strongly encouraged.
For incoming students, applications for the Sparer Fellowship are due no later than April 1 of the year prior to the fellowship year. For students applying in their first or second year of law school, applications are due in late October.
Learn more about the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship and the Public Service Program Office.