Howard University

Public Interest Resource Center

Equal Justice Program Coordinator also serves as the law school’s public interest law counselor.


Funding for Public Interest Summer Jobs

Unfortunately, most summer public interest internships are unpaid. In order to help support students who chose to take these unpaid summer internships with non-profits and government agencies, the Howard Public Interest Law Society (HPILS) coordinates an annual Public Interest Benefit Auction to raise money for summer fellowship awards. Students who think they will pursue an unfunded public interest internship are encouraged to attend an HPILS meeting, held each fall, to learn more about about auction volunteer requirements and application details. The Auction is generally held during the last week of March and applications for funding are due in early April. Fellowship awards range from $3,000 - $5,000.

Past fellows have received awards for internships with federal and local judges, the Department of Justice, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and countless other non-profits and government agencies nationwide.

In addition to the HPILS Auction, there are some external sources of summer funding.

Howrey HELPS Fellowship

Each summer, the Washington, DC office of Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, through its Howrey Externs for Legal Pro bono Service (HELPS), awards a grant of $5000 to one first year Howard University Law School student to work full-time at a civil legal services non-profit in the metro area. Students must have a confirmed offer of a summer internship before applying. Judicial clerkships, government, and public defender positions are not eligible. Application deadline is generally in the March or April.

Equal Justice America Fellowship

Howard first year students are eligible for one of two $3500 fellowships offered by Equal Justice America. To apply for the awards, students must work for an organization that provides direct civil legal services for low-income residents of Washington, DC. See for details and application instructions.

Crowell Moring Public Interest Fellowships

The Washington, DC Law firm of Crowell and Moring sponsors a Howard second year student to work during the summer with the Affordable Housing Initiative at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. The selection process generally takes place in the fall.

updated: April 21, 2015