Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship

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


The Arthur Liman Public Interest Summer Fellowship is sponsored by the Swearer Center for Public Service in conjunction with Yale Law School. This fellowship makes it possible for students to accept an unpaid summer internship in the area of public interest law broadly defined.  Public interest law includes helping those who may lack resources to retain attorneys or engaging in advocacy work or participating in shaping public policy. Undergraduate Fellows have worked in areas such as civil legal services for criminal defendants, children's rights, immigrants’ right, drug policy, and the death penalty. Internships can be with organizations that provide civil or criminal legal services to individuals, representation of particular groups, entities focused on problems of legal and public policy or law-related media. Students must secure their own placements; however, there is some advising support available through the Liman program for students who do not already have a secured internship before the fellowship is awarded.

The program is named after Arthur Liman, Yale '57, who through his long and distinguished career, demonstrated how dedicated lawyers in both private practice and public life could serve the needs of people and causes that might otherwise go unrepresented. Brown’s Liman Undergraduate Summer Fellowship is funded by the generous support of Arthur Liman's son, the filmmaker Doug Liman.


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 $3,000 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 3-4 page Statement of Objectives 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.
  • Other examples of your commitment to public interest work.
  • 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. 


Eliza Cohen, '15
Joshua Jackson, '16
Viet Nguyen, '17
Dante O'Connell, '16
Wendy Castillo, '15
Katherine Hadley, '13
Mariela Martinez, '14
Jesse McGleughlin, '14
Thaya Uthayophas, '15
Priya Gaur, '13
Robert Hunter, '12
Molly Lao, '13
Stephanie Medina, '14
Marielle Sanchez, '13