Job Support & Summer Funding

Job Support & Summer Funding

Public service employers tend to look for relevant experience and demonstrated commitment to their mission, and internships, clinics, pro bono projects, and other relevant work experience are critical to landing a public service job after graduation.

The Public Service Law Center is here to help you through the process of finding internships, jobs, and other ways to develop your skills and expertise. We will meet with you one-on-one as you develop a public service resume, cover letters, and a comprehensive career plan. We meet with NYC-area government and nonprofit employers regularly and can suggest ones that might be good fits for you and give you insight into what employers are looking for. We can also review your resume and cover letter and help you prepare for interviews.

Funding Your Public Service Work

Brooklyn Law School offers many sources of funding that will allow you to both take an unpaid public service internship and cover your living expenses.

  • 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. In the core component of the program, Sparer Fellows receive $5,000 for a ten-week, full-time placement at a non-profit organization in the U.S. or abroad that focuses on underrepresented groups and interests.

  • The Kate Welling Fellowship awards $5,000 each summer to a student who interns at a non-profit organization whose work encompasses providing legal assistance or advocacy to persons with disabilities.

  • Brooklyn Law School's International Human Rights Fellowship offers a stipend to engage in ten weeks of legal work under attorney supervision for a non- or inter-governmental organization concerned with international human rights.

  • Brooklyn Law School provides grants to Federal Work Study-eligible students for unpaid summer legal work at a government agency or non-profit organization.

  • BLSPI is a student-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization at Brooklyn Law School that encourages and enables student participation in public interest legal work serving underrepresented communities and individuals. BLSPI Fellows work at nonprofit, government, and human rights organizations in NYC, nationally, and internationally. In exchange, each Fellow contributes 30 hours of service to BLSPI and furthers BLSPI‚Äôs mission of public service.

  • There are many other sources of funding to spend a summer at a nonprofit organization or government entity. The Public Service Law Center can provide information on these opportunities.

Contact Us

Public Service Law Center
111 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY
Email: publicservice@brooklaw.edu
Phone: (718) 780-0689