Funding An Unpaid Summer Internship

Many summer internships for law students are unpaid. Several resources exist, however, to obtain funding for an unpaid position.


W&L’s Shepherd Poverty Program offers a few federal work study positions to law students working in pre-approved summer internships with organizations addressing the legal needs of the poor.  An information session for this program will take place on November 26 from 12:00-1:00 in Classroom D.

OCP issues a few funding awards to students working in the public sector – preference is given to 2Ls and to those working in legal aid and public defender offices.  Detailed information on how to apply will be provided in January; as a general reference, review last year’s memorandum.

PILSA, the Public Interest Law Students Association, raises funds each year to provide grants to students.  Watch for information on the application process from PILSA in spring.


PSJD collects information on various sources of funding and publishes a guide on those opportunities. Review to see whether you can qualify for any of these grants.

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