Summer Grant Program

The Summer Public Interest Grant Program is for students seeking funding to offset expenses relating to unpaid summer internships in public interest law. The 2017 application will be available in February 2017. To see last year’s application, please click here:

Summer Public Interest Grant Application 2016

Examples of placements for which students have received funding include:

ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Montgomery, AL
Alabama Department of Human Resources, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama Possible, Birmingham, AL
Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, DC
Children at Risk, Houston, TX
Children’s Justice Center, Jackson, MS
DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur, GA
Duval County Public Defender’s Office, Panama City, FL
Elder Law Clinic, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC
Farmworker Unit, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
FBI Field Office, Birmingham, AL
Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Kampala, Uganda
Grameen Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh
International Institute of the Bay Area, Oakland, CA
Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office, Birmingham, AL
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Dallas, TX
Legal Aid Society, Birmingham, AL
Legal Services Alabama, Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, AL
Los Angeles Public Defender, Los Angeles, CA
Midwest Environmental Advocates, Madison, WI
Mississippi Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, Jackson, MS
Missouri State Public Defender, Columbia, MO
Office of Capital Writs, Austin, TX
Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance, Anchorage, AK
Peoples Appalachian Center for the Environment (PACE), Knoxville, TN
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
The Family Defense Center, Chicago, IL
Timap for Justice, Freetown, Sierra Leone
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, NY
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, IL
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs, Washington, DC
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
United Mountain Defense Board, Knoxville, TN

Additional funding sources for summer public interest work can be found at

Each spring, the law school hosts a Public Interest Career Fair at which nonprofit and government employers interview students for summer internships.  The career fair typically takes place in early March, allowing students time to obtain an internship placement before applying for a summer grant.

For more information about the grant program or career fair, please contact Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin.