Edward D. and Carol J. Spurgeon Public Service Fellowship

The Fellowship provides a stipend to allow a student to pursue a proposed public service project or placement in a low-paying or non-paying public service summer job (law related), excluding, however, a typical clerkship or internship with a governmental agency.

$5,000 Stipend

This fellowship is open to students who will complete their first or second year of law school in May.

The recipient must be a person who has an exemplary character and excellent judgment; has the dedication and ability to be a professional and community leader; believes that a lawyer has a primary responsibility to serve the broader public interest; and has demonstrated a proven commitment to public service, as evidenced by academic, vocational and public service activities and focus.

Application Requirements and Deadline

Applicants must provide a resume, transcript and a written statement that addresses personal qualifications and the characteristics of the proposed placement, as discussed above. Applicants should indicate the extent of the commitment they will make to the proposed project; i.e., how many hours per week they will work. (In the past, the selection committee has favored full-time commitments more than part-time commitments.) Applicants should also indicate whether they will be paid anything or receive academic credit for their work. In the past, the selection committee has not favored proposed projects where academic credit is also awarded.) Finally, applicants should address the feasibility of and need for the work to be performed and the impact or benefit the work will have.
A letter from someone at the proposed agency or organization addressing the feasibility of and support for the project, as well as the benefit and impact the proposed project will have on that organization, also would be useful.

While the applicant’s own financial need may be a positive factor in the selection of the Fellowship recipient, it shall not be a primary factor. Race, religion, and gender shall not be factors in the selection.

The Selection Committee will conduct interviews of applicants.

Due: Spring Semester

For Further Information
Please contact Associate Dean Barbara Dickey.