It's no secret that it's hard to secure even minimal funding for summer internships with government agencies and public interest organizations even though these organizations offer invaluable, highly specialized legal experience. And sometimes it seems the very organizations that provide the best experience are least able to provide financial support.
At Michigan Law, we think it's central to our role as a top-ranked public law school to continue making it possible for our students to pursue careers that serve the greater good. Frankly, we don't want financial hardship to come between our talented and energetic students and their ability to contribute those talents and energies to public service. The 2L Public Service Guarantee, which aims to continue our long and distinguished history of supplying superbly trained lawyers to the public and nonprofit sectors, is proof of that commitment.
The Public Service Guarantee offers up to a $5,000 summer stipend for all 2Ls who obtain summer internships with qualified government or public interest organizations.
Current students, please click on the headings below for more information.
To apply, you must:
To be eligible for 2L Public Service Guarantee funding, you must obtain a full-time internship 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.
The choice of where you spend your 2L summer, the skills you develop, the practice area you choose, and the connections you make can have an impact on your post-graduate career plans. For assistance with your 2L summer job search, you can schedule an appointment with Alan (Public Interest Director), Melanie Macey (Government and Public Interest Advisor) or Robin Kaplan (Attorney-Counselor) by visiting the Office of Career Planning in 1100 South Hall, calling the office at (734) 764-0546, or
2L Public Service Guarantee 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.
Yes, you may choose to work at more than one qualified government or public interest organization. To be eligible for Guarantee funding, you have to work for a total of 10 or more weeks at these agencies/organizations and you must work for a minimum of 6 weeks at one of these agencies/organizations. You may also spend a portion of the summer working at a private firm, but to be eligible for Guarantee funding, you must work at least 10 weeks at a qualified government or public interest organization and your Guarantee funding amount will be reduced if you earn more than $7,500 for the entire summer from all sources of funding. For example, if you complete a 10-week unpaid internship with Legal Aid and then work for a private firm for 4 weeks and earn $6,000 from the private firm, you would only be eligible for $1,500 in Guarantee funding.
Yes. The deadline is set for mid-June to allow most, if not all, students to secure a summer internship by that date.
You would qualify for the Guarantee after your second year of law school OR a later summer. You can only receive the stipend once. Also, you are only eligible to receive Dean's Public Service Fellowship funding OR Guarantee funding during your time at Michigan Law, not both.
Your Guarantee stipend will be disbursed in one payment after the close of the winter semester. We strongly encourage you to set up direct deposit in Wolverine Access to ensure timely receipt of your stipend. If you have not arranged for direct deposit, please make sure that Wolverine Access is updated with your current address so that a check can be mailed to you.
The date you received the funding depends on when your application and employer verification form are received. Stipend payments will be processed starting at the beginning of May.
You can, and should, check on the status of your application
here. Please allow up to 5-10 business days after submission of the employer verification form for your status to be updated.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for the 2L Public Service Guarantee, you can reach the Public Interest Director, Alan Kahn, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 764-0546.
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