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Baylor law Summer Public Interest Fellowships

Baylor Law School provides Public Interest Summer Fellowships to students interning during the summer for not-for-profit or governmental organizations serving underrepresented populations. These fellowships are partially funded through the generous gift of Coulter ('33 JD) and Lily Rush Hoppess, in the late 1970s, for the purpose of "promoting and advancing the administration of justice through the competent and ethical practice of law."

Public interest law is a broad definition for legal practice areas that assist individuals in obtaining equal access to justice. Public interest employers for purposes of these fellowships include: government programs that serve indigent populations, not-for-profit organizations that serve indigent populations, legal aid, and public defenders offices. Typical issues include poverty & welfare, domestic & family, immigration, civil rights, workers' compensation, and bankruptcy. Except in unusual circumstances, fellowships will not be awarded to students working in prosecution or for the judiciary.

Fellowship recipients will receive up to $2,400 to assist with living expenses. To receive a fellowship, a student must secure an internship with a qualifying organization for a minimum of 5 weeks. Summer fellows must be supervised by an attorney. For further information, and an application, please contact Stephen Rispoli.

Summer 2012 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Catholic Charities of Dallas - Immigration
• Dallas County Public Defender's Office
• Department of Justice - Environmental and Natural Resources Division
• Federal Public Defender
• Harris County Public Defender's Office
• Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
• Office of the Attorney General - Child Support Division

Summer 2013 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Catholic Charities of Central Texas
• Dallas County Public Defender's Office
• Harris County Public Defender's Office
• Texas Advocacy Project
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Contact Information

Public Service

Stephen Rispoli
Director of Student Relations &
Pro Bono Programs


Public Interest Legal Society

Bridget Fuselier
Faculty Advisor

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