Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship

Deadline 01/15/2016
Eligibility All students
Contact Alan Flam


The Liman Public Interest Fellowship at Brown University offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in public interest law projects for a summer.  Broadly defined, public interest law includes helping those often lacking resources to retain attorneys, engaging in a variety of advocacy work, and participating in shaping public policy.

Summer Fellows have worked on issues such as immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights, prison conditions, educational equity, juvenile justice and marriage equality. Placements can include organizations providing civil or criminal legal services to individuals, institutions representing particular groups, entities focused on problems of legal and public policy, and law-related media. The fellowship does not provide funding for students to work in for-profit law firms, even those that engage in pro bono work. 

At the time of application, students need not have identified a specific project. The Liman advisor at Brown will help with placements, including at organizations with Liman Fellows. However, if students are interested in specific substantive areas or projects, they should describe them in their application.

In general, the Liman Summer Fellowship program supports work in the United States. On rare occasions, work that has both an international and domestic focus has been supported. On occasion, work with federal, state, or local government, which is targeted at particularly needy populations, has been supported. You do not have to have a placement in hand before applying for the Fellowship. 

The Liman Summer Fellowship Program at Brown is managed by the Swearer Center for Public Service in partnership with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School. The program is named after Arthur Liman, a 1957 graduate of Yale Law School. Through his distinguished career, Liman demonstrated how dedicated lawyers in both private practice and public life serve the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented. The Liman Summer Fellowships at Brown are funded by the generous support of Arthur Liman’s son, the filmmaker Doug Liman ’88 and the Liman Foundation.



All currently-enrolled Brown University undergraduates are eligible to apply, including seniors wishing to work the summer immediately following their graduation.


The fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend.  Brown Liman Fellows will work closely with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School and will join Liman Fellows from Yale, Barnard, Princeton, Harvard and Spellman College.

If you are awarded a Summer Fellowship, you will also receive a list of public interest lawyers who have been Yale Law School Liman Fellows so that you can learn about the work they did as post-graduate public interest law fellows. Several former Summer Fellows have spent their summers working with Yale Law School Liman Fellows and we encourage you to take advantage of those connections.

Undergraduate Summer Fellows & Host Organizations


At the time of application, undergraduates  do not need to have identified a specific assignment; however, this can be helpful.  The Liman Program can help with placements, including organizations with Liman Fellows. If students are interested in specific substantive areas or projects, they should indicate this as part of the application process.

By the campus deadline of January 15, 2016, candidates must submit the following to UFunds, Brown's online application system. 

  1. Current resume;
  2. Two letters of support, at least one of which should be from a Brown faculty member.   
  3. An Official Transcript
  4. A Statement of Objectives (1000 words or less) that addresses the following:
  • How your plans for the summer relate to your academic work or aspirations as well as to your extracurricular involvements or interests.
  • Prior experience working for the public interest, including any experience assisting individuals or advocating for causes.
  • Skills or content knowledge you would hope to gain.
  • Your aspirations for future public interest involvements either academically or in terms of other activities.

Fellowship deadline is 4:30 pm January 15, 2016.

All application materials must be uploaded to UFunds, Brown's online application system by the campus deadline. 

UFunds, Brown's online application system will open in early December for students interested in applying for the Liman. 

Instructions for applying:

  • UPLOAD your current resume to UFunds
  • UPLOAD your 3-4 page statement of objectives to UFunds
  • UPLOAD your official transcript to UFunds
  • REGISTER your two (2) recommenders on UFunds, Brown's online application system. Once you do so, the system will send a request for a reference with login information  to the person registered. 


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