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Dean's Public Service Fellows Program Information and Application

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 $7,500 cash award. Receipt of the award is contingent upon the fulfillment of the obligations listed below.


In order to be considered for the Dean's Public Service Fellowship, you will need to submit your application on Symplicity by October 5, 2018.  Your application must include a copy of your resume and an essay answering the following question (in 500 words or less):  Please explain what type of work you hope to do this summer and how it will further your career goals.

Applicants do not have to have a position secured before applying for the Fellowship.


A committee of appointed faculty will 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 17, 2019.
  • 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.


If you have any questions about the DPSF program, you can contact Alan Kahn, Public Interest Director in the Office of Career Planning at 734.764.0546 or by email at