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Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship

Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship

Yale Law School Arthur Liman Center

The Liman Summer Fellowship gives juniors and seniors (can hold internship the summer following your graduation) the opportunity to work at substantive summer internships in the field of public interest law/social justice. Students have worked with advocacy groups and lawyers in areas such as: children’s rights, immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, prison conditions, low-income housing, health and environmental policy, gender equality and educational adequacy.

Liman Summer Fellowship

How to Apply

Complete the Domestic Prestigious Opportunities Pre-Application Form. Once completed, we will send you a link to your shared drive folder to upload all your application materials. You are encouraged to work with a Faculty Mentor during the application process.

Your application packet must include:

  • Personal statement/reflective essay (see guidelines)
  • Description of two (2) organizations you intend to contact for summer placement. Please discuss why you have selected these organizations (DO NOT provide a generic company and/or intern job description)
  • PDF copy of unofficial transcript
  • Current resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (One must be from a professor, and the other can be from a supervisor if you have worked/interned with a public interest/social justice organization). Recommendation letters are due the first Friday in January. Your recommenders will receive a unique link to upload their recommendation letter to your application file.

The deadline is the first Friday in January. Interviews are scheduled for the first week in February. Scholars are selected by the Spelman Committee ONLY. DO NOT contact the Liman Foundation/Yale Law School directly regarding the fellowship.

Personal Statement Guidelines

Your Liman Fellowship Statement of Purpose should be a reflective essay not to exceed two double-spaced pages (in Times New Roman 12 pt.) describing your desire to work in public interest law or with a social justice organization; making connections to any relevant experience(s). The essay should do more than recite activities from your resume. Please also include your assessment of how the summer internship will impact your post-graduation goals.

Please attach a picture of yourself in the upper right-hand corner of your statement of purpose.

Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Studies
350 Spelman Lane SW, Box 1349
Atlanta, GA 30314
404-270-5698 (fax)

PFS Forms

Cover Sheet & Checklist (PDF)
Faculty Mentor Form (PDF)


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