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 has become an important element in fulfilling that mission.
The core component of the Sparer Fellowship Program is a ten week paid summer internship with a public interest organization in the U.S. or abroad. The program includes many other opportunities for enrichment as well. Fellows 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 and leading professionals, including distinguished alumni fellows working in public interest law.
Each year, a small number of entering students are selected for this elite program, as well as a group of current students in their first and second years of study. The Program also serves as a resource for the entire Law School community, sponsoring important public interest and multi-disciplinary forums and symposia.
The program was named in honor of the late Ed Sparer, Professor of Law and Social Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a graduate of Brooklyn Law School in the class of 1959. Named as one of “The Lawyers of the Century” by American Lawyer, Professor Sparer was a pioneer in the fields of poverty and health law. His untimely death in 1983 ended the career of a nationally recognized teacher, scholar, and activist, but he remains an inspiration to those who are committed to public service law.