The Summer Public Service Fellowship Program of the Harvard Law School Association of New Jersey (“HLSANJ”) provides stipends to Harvard Law School students who take summer internships with public service institutions in New Jersey.
In previous years, the Association awarded fellowships to HLS students who interned at, among other organizations, Legal Services of New Jersey, Essex Newark Legal Services, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Attorney General’s office in Trenton, and the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Selected Fellows may combine their fellowships with other sources of funding, including grants from Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF) and employer stipends, as long as the total falls within the funding cap established by SPIF ($6,500 for 1L’s and $8,000 for 2L’s).
Who is Eligible? Current HLS 1L’s and 2L’s.
What are the terms of the fellowship? Students must work full-time for at least eight weeks in one or two traditional public service jobs in New Jersey. Examples of such jobs include legal services organizations such as those listed above. Not eligible are judicial clerkships, research assistantships for professors, and political campaign work. Students may split their summer between two public interest organizations.
What does the application consist of? A resume; a cover letter that addresses: the type of public interest work you would like to pursue upon graduation (or not) and why you would like to work in New Jersey along with any ties to the state; the name of the employer(s) for which you will work this summer and the type of work (e.g., landlord/tenant, domestic violence; confirmation that you have received an offer from each employer for which you plan to intern, and if not, when you expect the offer(s)
The Association may require a phone interview as part of the selection process.
What are the selection criteria? The Association will make its decisions based on: Demonstrated commitment to public service; the type of work you wish to pursue; your commitment to and/or ties with New Jersey.
Where do I send my application? Please mail your application directly to the address below: Kenneth F. Oettle, Esq., Senior Counsel, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. One Riverfront Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102
In the alternative, e-mail your application materials to Mr. Oettle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His direct line at Sills Cummis is (973) 643-5462.
Applications should be postmarked or e-mailed by Friday, March 22, 2013.
If you have questions, please contact Ken Oettle by phone or e-mail or contact the SPIF office at the following phone number: 617-495-0643
More information: HLSA of NJ_Summer 2012 Public Interest