Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship at Brown University offers 4 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.

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship at Brown is managed by the Swearer Center at Brown University 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 Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship at Brown is funded by the generous support of Arthur Liman’s son, the filmmaker Doug Liman ’88 and the Liman Foundation.

Applications for 2021 summer opportunities, including Liman, have been consolidated under the SPRINT (Summer/Semester Projects for Research, Internship, Teaching) application umbrella. 

The base stipend for all SPRINT Awards is $2,000. In addition, students with Brown financial aid will automatically receive an additional Gap Award ranging from $2,000-$3,000 based on their Parent Contribution/Responsibility as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, for a total of $4,000 - $5,000.

Past Liman Fellows can be seen here.


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. The base stipend for the Liman Fellowship is $2,000. In addition, students with Brown financial aid will automatically receive an additional gap award ranging from $1000-$3000 based on their Family/Parental Contribution as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Eligible students may also qualify for a Summer Earnings Waiver. In the past, employers have provided at least 240 hours to ensure robust and high-quality experiences


Actively enrolled undergraduates in semester levels 3 and above, regardless of citizenship status, who are not enrolled in a full-time summer term are eligible to apply.  Students must not be currently on leave from Brown and must have an active registered status at the time of applying in the semester prior.


To learn more about SPRINT awards, read the FAQs, and apply, click here. Please note: there is only one deadline for summer SPRINT awards - applications will not be accepted after this date. 

The 2021 summer application cycle has closed. Please look back in 2022 for more information about the upcoming fellowship cycle.

In general, the Arthur Liman Public Interest 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.

For Summer 2021, student engagement may be conducted remotely.


Julie L. Plaut, Assistant Dean of the College & Director of Engaged Scholarship: [email protected]