Summer Public Interest Stipend

The Summer Public Interest Stipend (SPIS) was established to encourage first-year and second-year students to explore public interest work.  Students are eligible for the SPIS if they are working for a public interest employer during the summer and are not receiving compensation or academic credit for the work.

Students must secure public interest employment prior to submitting the SPIS application. Public interest positions may include employment such as working for a legal aid organization, non-profit organization, governmental agency, prosecutor’s office,  and public defender’s office. Applications are available on Symplicity.

The applications are due by 5pm on February 15. There is a Faculty committee designated for making award decisions. Decisions will be made by February 26. Please read the application and terms and conditions carefully as they have changed from past years.

Here are a few noteworthy changes:

  • There will only be 20 stipends awarded in the amount of $3,750 each.
  • In addition to the Statement of Interest and Hiring Verification form, applications will now   include a resume, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample. Applicants may also submit up to two letters of recommendation.
  • Employment with federal and state judges no longer qualifies for stipend funds.
  • Students are required to work full time (40 hours) for 10 weeks.

Questions about the SPIS program can be directed to Robyn Rucker,, 219.465.7972.