The Application for Duke Law Summer Public Interest Funding is now Available!

If you are seeking, or have secured, an unpaid (or low-paid) summer internship with a government or not-for-profit organization, you are encouraged to apply for a Duke Law Summer Public Interest Fellowship. Applications for Summer Public Interest Fellowships are due by noon on Tuesday, March 19th, but if you submit your application by noon on Monday, March 11th you will receive a $50 EARLY BIRD BONUS if you are awarded a summer fellowship.

Duke Summer Public Interest Fellowships are different and separate from PILF-supported fellowships. Students – 1Ls especially – are encouraged to contribute time to PILF’s fundraising efforts in order to be eligible to receive a PILF grant. Students will not be awarded both a Duke Summer Public Interest Fellowship and a PILF grant, but PILF will award a “thank you” grant on top of a student’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship if a student has contributed the requisite 20 hours to PILF’s fundraising efforts.

If you are a 2L student with a qualifying summer internship, you are guaranteed funding through the Dean’s Summer Service Grant (DSG) program if you also complete 10 hours of pro bono service during the school year. If you intend to apply for the DSG and have not yet completed your 10 pro bono hours, please contact Kim Burrucker, director of pro bono, ASAP (

Students with qualifying public interest summer internships also should apply for an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps award. EJW awards 350 award vouchers for $1,175 (with about 700 applicants, the odds are good that an applicant will receive an award). The application window is now open – apply ASAP, as applications are considered on a rolling basis, closing on March 18th.

If you have questions about Summer Public Interest Fellowships, please contact Dean Bart ( or Stella Boswell (

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