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 incurred by securing an internship with a qualifying organization. Living expenses incurred by accepting an internship in McLennan County, Texas (or the surrounding counties), do not qualify for a fellowship. 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 2019 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Air Force JAG Corps
•Clark County Public Defender
•Dallas County Public Defender's Office
•Federal Judge Moses
•Federal Public Defender's Office
•General Land Office
•Harris County Attorney's Office
•Human Rights Initiative of North Texas-Asylum Program
•Justice Guzman
•Mental Health Advocacy Services
•Office of Texas Attorney General - Child Support Division
•Regional Public Defender's Office for Capital Cases
•Texas Advocacy Project
•Texas Charter Schools Association
•Texas Civil Rights Project
•Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
•The State office of Administrative Hearings
•Travis County District Attorney's Office
•US Attorney's Office

Summer 2018 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Arizona Attorney General's Office - Child and Family Protection Division
• Catholic Charities of the Archdioses of Galveston-Houston
• Dallas County Federal Public Defender's Office
• Federal Public Defender
• Greater Waco Legal Services
• International Justice Mission - Bolivia Field Office
• Nevada Federal Public Defender
• Texas Attorney General
• US District Court, Western District of Texas

Summer 2017 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Children At Risk
• Collin County District Attorney's Office
• Dallas County Federal Public Defender's Office
• Greater Waco Legal Services
• Harris County District Attorney's Office
• International Franchise Association (Non-Profit Trade Association)
• Office of the Attorney General - Child Support Division
• Office of the Attorney General of Texas - General Litigation Division
• State Counsel for Offenders
• Texas Board of Criminal Justice, State Counsel for Offenders-Appellate Section
• U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Summer 2016 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Dallas County Federal Public Defender's Office
• Harris County District Attorney's Office
• Mosaic Family Services
• San Diego County Public Defender's Office
• Texas Railroad Commission
• U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Summer 2015 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Advocates for Community Transformation
• Dallas County Federal Public Defender's Office
• Goldwater Institute
• Harris County District Attorney's Office
• Mosaic Family Services
• Merit Systems Protection Board
• Office of Attorney General of Texas
• Office of Solicitor General of Texas
• Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
• Texas 13th Court of Appeals
• Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Summer 2014 Fellows worked for organizations such as:

• Catholic Charities Immigration Consultation Services
• Dallas County Federal Public Defenders Office
• Harris County DA
• Lavaca County DA
• Office of Attorney General of Texas
• Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

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

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