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2L Public Service Guarantee

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.

How Do I Apply for the 2L Public Service Guarantee?


How Do I Find an Internship with a Qualified Government or Public Interest Organization?

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 scheduling online.


What are the Limitations on This Funding?


Can I Split My Summer?


Do I Have to Have a Job Secured Before Submitting the Application Form?


I am Pursuing a Dual-Degree. What Summer Do I Qualify for the Guarantee?


When and How Do I Get the Stipend?


How Do I Check on the Status of My Application?


Questions?