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 over the Summer. 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.

Applications for the upcoming Summer are e-mailed to first year and second year law students in February. Students must secure employment with a public interest employer prior to completing 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, public defender’s office, or clerking for a judge. The deadline to submit the SPIS applications is usually in early April, with award decisions made no later than early May.

Students who need assistance with their public interest summer job search or have  questions regarding the SPIS program, should contact Robyn Rucker, Associate Director of Career Advising at 219.465.7972 or at