Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships

In the summer of 2017, the Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships Program will provide funding for five or six students between their second and third years of law school. Preference will be given to students who intend to pursue careers in public interest law. The program addresses these students’ particular need to work in public interest positions during the summer before their third year of school in order to be viable candidates for public interest fellowships and jobs following graduation.

The program will provide a stipend of $4,500 for at least 10 weeks (and a minimum of 400 hours) of work under the supervision of an attorney at a qualified sponsoring organization. A sponsoring organization must be a public defender office or a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit providing legal services and/or advocacy to underrepresented individuals or communities. Government agencies (except public defender offices), labor unions, and legislative offices do not qualify as a sponsoring organization.

These fellowships are supported by a generous multi-year gift from Stephanie Whitehurst and Bill Whitehurst, ‘70. Each summer, the Whitehursts name the fellowships for lawyers they admire in hopes that the recipients will be inspired by the honorees’ work in the public interest. In the summer of 2016, the Whitehursts named the fellowships in honor of notable jurists and lawyers – the Honorable Jim Coronado, Noël Ferris, the Honorable Wallace B. Jefferson, Alice and Jack London, Margaret Moore, and Jan Soifer.

For more information, please email: justicecenter@law.utexas.edu