Summer Fellowship Program
Established by students in the fall of 1990, The Penn State Dickinson Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) is dedicated to promoting student interest and community involvement in the field of public interest law. PILF promotes its goals by fundraising and sponsoring public interest events on campus to educate students about the rewarding career possibilities in public interest law. Each year, PILF raises thousands of dollars to support the Degenstein Foundation Fellowship Program for Public Interest Law and Cherie M. Millage Summer Fellowships. Fellowship awards enable Penn State Law students to accept summer employment with public interest firms and organizations that desperately need student assistance but do not have the resources to compensate summer interns.
IOLTA Summer Fellowship Program
The Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law plans to offer approximately 17-18 IOLTA Summer Fellowships to first- and second-year students in the summer of 2014. Recipients of the fellowships will be placed in summer jobs at Legal Services offices in Pennsylvania or at other IOLTA-funded organizations in Pennsylvania. Each fellowship is intended to fund approximately 375 hours of work over a period of 10-12 weeks and the fellowship funding is distributed in 4 payments over the course of the summer totaling $5,250.
Fellowship students will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by staff and managing attorneys. Those placed in Legal Services programs will assist staff attorneys in representing eligible clients in a variety of case types, most commonly, protection from abuse, custody, landlord tenant, public benefits, and consumer law matters. Students in these positions have extensive contact with clients, and may carry a caseload of their own. Some students will have the opportunity to represent clients in administrative hearings such as unemployment compensation hearings. Students placed in statewide advocacy or pro bono organizations will work on policy or broad-scope matters affecting access to justice and other substantive areas of law.