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

As a Fellow, you will take part in the Liman Colloquium, held every spring at Yale Law School. There, you will join students, scholars, and advocates from around the country. Even after your fellowship, you will be part of this nationwide network of leaders.

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' Work

Placement is not limited to organizations in a particular field.

Subjects areas of host organizations have included:

  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • 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
  • Environmental policy and advocacy
  • Mental health advocacy

Qualifying Host Organizations

Host organizations must be in the United States and must be one of the following:

  • Nonprofit organizations, including those with 501(c)(3) status
  • Local, state, or federal government

Applicants are encouraged to look for host organizations that have resource needs and serve communities with resource needs.

Your placement may NOT be:

  • Outside of the United states
  • At a for-profit organization or law firm
A list of past fellows and their host organizations is here.

Designated Fellowships

The Liman Center annually designates one fellowship each for Legal Action Center (New York or Washington, D.C.) and All Our Kin (New Haven or New York).