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Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship

The Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship provides summer funding to Michigan law students pursuing careers in child welfare law.  The fellowship, in the amount of $5,000 awarded in lieu of the 2L Guarantee, will be presented to two Michigan Law students ​working in the field of child welfare law during the summer between the 2nd and 3rd years of law school.

The fellowship will be awarded to students committed to pursuing careers in child welfare law either through the Law School's Child Advocacy Law Clinic or with a partner agency or organization.  Preference will be given to students who are interested in practicing law in the state of Washington.  The Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship is made possible by a gift from Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 RECIPIENTS

Erica Christianson ('19), Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division
Rebecca Wyss (Dec. '18), The Door, New York

APPLICATION

In order to be considered for fellowship, you will need to fill out your 2L Public Service Guarantee application (here) and select the option to be considered for the Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship by April 2, 2018 at 12:00pm.

LIMITATIONS

  • Fellows must obtain a qualified placement by May 18, 2018, which must be approved by the Public Interest Director.
  • Fellows are not eligible to receive the Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship in addition to other Michigan Law sources of funding (e.g. 2L Guarantee Funding, or the Dean's Public Service Fellowship.)
  • Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks at their internship.  The work performed must be non-partisan, legal in nature, and supervised by an attorney.
  • Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship funding may be considered taxable income even if a W-2 is not issues.  This should not be construed as tax advice, however, and we encourage you to consult with a tax advisor for more information.
  • Students interested in receiving Law School funds for a summer or post-graduate position outside the United States must consult with the Office of Career Planning regarding University-required paperwork that must be completed before funds can be released.  Further, the University's International Travel Policy lists University Travel Restricted Destinations, and activities in these destinations are not eligible for University funding.  Because the list of Travel Restricted Destinations is subject to change, students should be aware that it is possible that funding is not ensured, and should therefore keep in close contact with OCP about potentially affected destinations. 

PEER COUNSELING

At the conclusion of the summer, the Fellow must submit a summary for the Public Service Network that includes the contact information of the organization for which the Fellow worked, a description of the duties performed, and an evaluation of the job experience.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about the Bobbe and Jonathan Bridge Child Welfare Summer Fellowship, you can reach Alan Kahn, Public Interest Director, at kahnas@umich.edu or 734.764.0546.