Fellowship Information

The Voice for Justice Committee at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law invites 1L and 2L students to apply to the Public Interest Fellowship Program.

The core component of the Fellowship is an eight week paid summer internship in a non-profit organization.  Fellows will receive $4,500 for their work.  (Additional funding for living expenses may be available for those students who are awarded Fellowships out of state or in foreign countries.) In previous years, Fellows have worked at the State Appellate Defenders Office, the African Women’s Lawyer’s Association in Accra Ghana, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Women’s Survival Center, Freedom House, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, the legal office of former Governor Granholm, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Freedom House, Legal Aid and Defender’s Association, the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, the Human Rights Department at the City of Detroit, and Western Michigan Legal Services.  

Fellows will be selected based upon their interest and commitment to public service along with their record of academic achievement.  While members of the Voice for Justice Committee are available to assist students in finding a placement that matches their interest, Fellows are ultimately responsible for securing their own placements.  Students interested in applying for the Fellowship are encouraged to contact the members of the Voice for Justice Committee to discuss their interests.  The members of the Faculty/Administration Committee are Professors Deborah Paruch, David Koelsch, Cristina Lockwood, Ann Griffin, Julia Belian, Julie St. John, Markeisha Miner, Amy Smith, and Richard Krisciunas.  Students are also encouraged to contact CSO Director Greta Tackebury.

Eligibility requirements, program details, and the application will be made available on Career Connect  in Term II. 

2013 VFJ Application

 The fellowship application must be submitted on Career Connect  
on or before Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5 p.m.