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.
The Liman Summer Fellowship Program 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 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.
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 maximum award for this fellowship is $4,000.
All enrolled Brown University undergraduates are eligible to apply, including seniors wishing to work the summer immediately following their graduation.
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.
We are currently not accepting applications to the Liman Summer Fellowship. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle.