CSO Study Break Public Service Stipend Program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CSO Study Break has been canceled.

This Program, which is funded by donations from sponsors of the Study Break, is designed to provide stipends to fund public interest and government internships for a select number of first- and second-year Texas Law students. Students who are selected to participate in the Program will receive a stipend of up to $4,000 to support 400 hours (10 weeks) of unpaid work in an internship with a government agency or a 501(c)(3) public interest organization. Internships with judicial courts are not eligible.

Students who are interested in participating in the Program must secure an internship with an eligible organization, designate a supervising attorney at that organization, and apply for a place in the Program. Both the value and number of stipends awarded depends on the availability of funding; selection into the Program is expected to be competitive.

Students Eligible for the Stipend
The CSO Study Break Public Service Stipend is open to current 1Ls and 2Ls (Classes of 2021 and 2022). A student may not receive academic credit and a stipend simultaneously, nor can a student receive a fellowship from an alternate source and this program for the same position. (This limitation does not preclude a fellow from receiving a living expense stipend or a stipend of scholarship for educational expenses.)

Organizations/Agencies Eligible for Sponsoring an Internship
Applicants may work for any government agency, excluding judicial internships, or for any 501(c)(3) public interest organizations, including international organizations.

Selection Process
A review committee appointed by the Assistant Dean for Career Services will evaluate the applications and select recipients based on the following criteria, which you should consider when completing your application: (1) nature of the work and relevance to the applicant’s long-term career goals; (2) student record of participation and involvement at Texas Law; and (3) overall quality of the application.

Applicants’ Responsibilities

  • Applicants are responsible for seeking out, applying for, and securing an internship.
  • Applicants must designate a supervising attorney at their sponsoring organization and provide that attorney’s contact information as part of their application.
  • Applicants will be the primary contact for their employers for any information relating to the program. They will be expected to keep their employer informed about the administration of the Stipend, including transmitting the completion form requiring their supervising attorney’s signature.
  • Applicants must sign the Study Break Public Service Stipend Recipient Agreement before they will be eligible to receive the stipend payment.

For more information, please contact Denyse Demel, Career Counselor, at 512-232-1162 or ddemel@law.utexas.edu.