The Arthur J. Liman Public Interest Program honors a lawyer who personified the ideal of commitment to the public interest. Throughout his long and distinguished career, he demonstrated how dedicated lawyers in both public and private life can serve the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented.
2020 Program Overview
Liman Fellows receive a stipend for a minimum eight week summer 2020 (ten weeks preferred) internship involving full-time public interest law-related work. The internship may be client-oriented; direct-service casework, either civil or criminal, such as enforcement work by government agencies or class-action litigation by public interest law organizations; or cause-oriented advocacy, such as nonprofit organizations’ policy development and advocacy of legislative and regulatory reforms.
LAPA especially encourages applications from students with an interest in environmental issues, who will qualify for a placement working on environmental law matters.
Any freshman, sophomore, or junior undergraduate may apply for a fellowship. The summer stipend is $4,000. Additional funds from a separate grant may be accepted to help defray expenses. All funding must be disclosed at the time of receipt, including on the application, if awarded prior to the selection date. LAPA must approve acceptance of additional funding.
There is one Liman Fellowship available for a graduate student, which comes with no stipend. Students interested in applying should contact Associate Director Leslie Gerwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Students will be asked to disclose the source(s) of funding for performance of the Liman Fellowship.
To apply, you need not have located or secured an internship. If you are selected as a fellow, LAPA and the Yale Law School Liman Program can help you find an internship in an area of your interest.
Liman Fellow Requirements
Those selected as fellows must attend the Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium at Yale Law School. This is a day and a quarter event on April 2-3, 2020. LAPA will pay your expenses. Fellows are required to submit a final report describing their work at the conclusion of their fellowship and to participate in a workshop for Princeton students and faculty at which they share their experiences.
LAPA will name up to five undergraduates as 2020 recipients of Liman Fellow stipends. The Review Committee will evaluate all applications with special attention to whether an applicant has demonstrated merit and a past commitment to public service; has an interest or involvement with the legal system; has plans or ideas for pursuing these interests in the future, including realistic goals for securing a fellowship placement; and has indicated how the fellowship will enhance the candidate’s academic and career interests.