Liman Summer Fellowships gives students the chance to work at public interest organizations related to law. These organizations do a variety of work for the public good. Some provide lawyers for people who cannot afford them. Many advocate on behalf of underserved communities. Others shape public policy.

As a Summer Fellow, you will take part in the Liman Colloquium, held every spring at Yale Law School. You will also join a nationwide network of public interest advocates and scholars.

Eligible Schools and Students

Undergraduates from these schools may apply:
  • Barnard
  • Brown
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Harvard
  • Princeton*
  • Spelman
  • Stanford
  • Yale
*Graduate students at Princeton are also eligible.
Each school has its own application process and fellowship requirements. Contact your school's program administrators for information.

Host Organizations

Focus areas of host organizations have included immigrants’ rights and deportation defense, housing advocacy, labor and workers’ rights, indigent criminal defense, death penalty representation, prisoners’ rights, civil liberties, children and family services, public interest media, prison re-entry, disability rights, mental health advocacy, and education.

Fellowships are not restricted to organizations with a particular practice area.

There are two designated summer fellowships: one at the Legal Action Center in New York or Washington, D.C., and one at All Our Kin in New Haven. 

Host organizations must be:

  • In the United States. International placement is not available.
  • Federally-designated nonprofits—those with 501(c)(3) status. For-profit institutions do not qualify.

List of past host organizations and Summer Fellows