Summer Public Interest Grants

Summer Public Interest Grants

Every year, the College of Law provides funding to enable students to spend the summer building their legal skills while practicing law in the public interest. 

In the summer of 2018, the College of Law provided approximately $240,000 in funding to support 56 students who interned at legal services providers, non-profits, and government agencies working in the areas of civil, criminal, immigration, and environmental law.

Civil Legal Services

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center provides funding for 1Ls and 2Ls to spend the summer providing free civil legal services to low income individuals.  Interns work in legal aid offices around the state of Louisiana and, in some circumstances, in other states.  Interested students should contact Christina Luwisch for more information.

Environmental Justice

The Center for Environmental Law funds the Gauthier-St. Martin Student Service Grant to defray living expenses for a significant service placement in the U.S. or abroad for service related to law and policy in the field of environmental protection, natural resources, or energy.

Applications for the Gauthier-St. Martin Student Service Grant are accepted and awards are made on a rolling basis.  Funding is limited, so interested students should contact Marianne Cufone or Professor Rob Verchick to discuss their plans.

Criminal Justice & Immigration Law

With the support of generous donors, the College of Law is able to provide summer funding to students interested in working in the areas of criminal justice and immigration.  Interest applicants must have already secured an internship with a qualifying organization, including a District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender Office, or a nonprofit organization that provides direct legal services to indigent defendants. Organizations providing direct legal services in immigration law may also qualify.  

Interested students should contact Diana Mercer for more information.