The University of Michigan Law School has a long tradition of developing lawyers who work in service of the public, whether they devote their careers to public service or serve the public good in other ways. To further the Michigan tradition of public service, Michigan Law created the Dean's Public Service Fellows Program.
The Program recognizes up to ten second-year UMLS students who have a demonstrated commitment to public service and who intend to seek public service legal employment during the summer after their second year of school (or a later summer for joint degree students) as preparation for pursuing a public service law career after graduation. In recognition of their selection, Fellows receive a $7000 cash award. Receipt of the award is contingent upon the fulfillment of the obligations listed below.
In order to be considered for the Program, students must submit an application, which will be available in August 2013.
The Dean appoints a committee of faculty and administrators to select the fellows based on a demonstrated commitment to public service and the Michigan Law Public Interest Community.
- Fellows must obtain a qualified placement and report it to the Public Interest Director by May 23, 2014
- To be eligible for the DPSF, Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks with a qualified government or public interest organization. The organization must be either a government agency (federal, state, or local) or a non-profit organization and the work performed must be non-partisan, legal in nature, and supervised by an attorney.
- Students who spend a portion of their summer working in a private law practice are not eligible for the DPSF.
- DPSF funding may be considered taxable income even if a W-2 is not issued. This should not be construed as tax advice, however, and we encourage you to consult with a tax advisor for more information.
- Fellows who accept DPSF funding are not eligible for funding from other Michigan Law sources.
- 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.
At the conclusion of the summer, Fellows must submit a summary for the Public Service Network that includes the contact information of the organization for which they worked, a description of the specific duties they performed, and an overall evaluation of the job experience. In addition, each Fellow must agree to serve as a resource to other students interested in careers in public service.
If you have any questions about the DPSF program, you can reach the Public Interest Director, Alyson Robbins, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.764.0546.