Summer Public Service Program

Texas Law has recently made a new commitment to provide a stipend to every student working in a low-paying or unpaid summer internship in nonprofit, government, and legislative offices. We want to make it possible for every student to gain valuable professional experience while providing needed assistance in their community. The Summer Public Service Program (SPSP) aims to support students with a “floor” of funding while also ensuring the financial sustainability of the program. This program is open to rising 2L and 3L JD students at Texas Law.

The SPSP serves as an umbrella for summer fellowships created through grants and gifts from generous donors. Texas Law Fellowships, a student organization founded in 1988 to raise funds for summer fellowships, now raises funds to supplement SPSP support.

We seek additional support for the new SPSP and encourage those interested in contributing or creating a new fellowship to contact Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education. You can make gift to support SPSP now.

For summer 2023 eligibility and application information, visit our SPSP 2023 page.

Each student will receive one of the named fellowships listed below or a general Summer Public Service Fellowship.


Named Fellowships – Summer 2023

Baron & Budd Public Interest Summer Fellowships

For work with nonprofit organizations, created by a generous gift from Baron & Budd, P.C.

Edward Lee Elmore Summer Fellowship in Public Interest Law

For work with capital defense offices, created in honor of Edward Lee Elmore, a former death row inmate in Georgia who was exonerated after thirty years, by a generous gift from one of his attorneys, Diana Holt ’94.

G. Rollie White Trust Public Interest Summer Fellowships

For work with nonprofit organizations and public defender offices, created by a generous gift from the G. Rollie White Trust.

Rapoport Center Summer Human Rights Fellowships

For work in the human rights field, created by generous gifts from donors to the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

Stuart Henry Environmental Law Summer Fellowship

For work protecting the environment in Texas, created in honor of Stuart Henry, a renowned environmental attorney in Austin, by generous gifts from his admirers and family.

Whitehurst Public Interest Summer Fellowships

For work with nonprofit organizations and public defender offices, supported by a generous multi-year gift from Stephanie Whitehurst and Bill Whitehurst ‘70.