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The Liman Public Interest Law Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The purpose of the Liman Public Interest Law Undergraduate Summer Internship Program is to provide funding to students working at substantive summer internships in the field of public interest law.  Students are not required to have secured internship placements prior to submitting their applications.  Students who wish to apply to this program must submit application materials as specified by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship program at Yale University.  The required application materials include:

  • A cover sheet listing the applicant’s current contact information (address, phone, e-mail) and class.
  • The applicant’s résumé, which should list relevant prior experiences working or volunteering in public service.
  • A reflective essay not to exceed 5 double-spaced pages describing why the applicant is motivated to work in public interest law, which should do more than recite activities from the applicant’s resume.
  • If the applicant is considering a fellowship at a specific host organization, a short statement about the host’s work and confirmation that it is a non-profit organization.
  • At least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member who knows well the applicant’s work.  Absent unusual circumstances, the faculty recommendation should be from a full time member of the faculty, whether tenured or not and whether now teaching at Barnard or at another university, and not from either a teaching assistant or an individual doing special courses through the college system.   The recommendations must be included with the application.
  • A copy of the applicant’s official current college transcript.

Summer Interns are expected to attend the annual Liman Public Interest Colloquium at Yale Law School on March 3-4, 2011 and must also complete a final report describing their summer fellowships to be submitted by September 1, 2011.  The application deadline for this program normally falls in February. 

Please contact Dean Christina Kuan Tsu (ckuantsu@Barnard.Edu) with any questions regarding the Liman Public Interest Law Undergraduate Summer Internship Program.