Public Service Fellowships – Summer 2020
The Public Service Fellowships – Summer 2020 program will provide funding for our rising 2L and rising 3L students, representing a partnership with Texas Law Fellowships. TLF raised significant funding for fellowships earlier this year, and Texas Law is pleased to expand on that success and provide broad funding for summer fellowships given the extraordinary circumstances related to the pandemic.
The program will provide stipends of $4000 (over at least 10 weeks) or $2000 (over at least five weeks) for students working at qualified sponsoring organizations. If the office is open for in-person work, 400 hours of in-person work will be required for 10-week positions and 200 hours for five-week positions. If pandemic-related issues make it necessary for a student to work remotely, the requirements will be reduced to 250 hours and 125 hours. If a fellowship ends up including both in-person and remote periods of student work, the hours requirement will be individually adjusted. A student who works more than the required hours can submit that time for recognition through the Mithoff Pro Bono Program.
A sponsoring organization must be a government office, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, 501(c)(4) tax-exempt social welfare organization, legislative office, or labor union. Judicial offices and private employers do not qualify. A student may not receive academic credit and a fellowship for the same position, nor can a student receive a fellowship and compensation from the employer for the same position.
This is not a competitive process – all students in qualifying positions will be funded. The Justice Center will administer the program. All pending TLF applications will be automatically rolled over to this new program and no new application is necessary.
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted and approved on a rolling basis uuntil midnight on June 7 (this is an extension of the original May 31 deadline). Once an application is tentatively approved, the student must provide their sponsoring organization with a memorandum on Remote Work by Student Fellows in Summer 2020 and obtain a reply email stating whether or not the organization is willing to work with the student remotely. All fellows must sign an agreement and an addendum on remote work and participate in an ethics training (available as a recording), and provide a written description of their work and document their hours at the end of the fellowship. Stipends will not be released until the agreement and addendum are received.