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 to apply for the SPIS if they are working for a public interest employer during the summer.

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, or public defender’s office. Applications are available on Symplicity.

The applications are due by 5pm on Friday, February 16, 2018. There is a Faculty committee designated for making award decisions. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Please read the application and terms and conditions carefully as they have changed from past years.

Here are a few noteworthy changes:

  • In addition to the Statement of Interest and Hiring Verification form, applications must include a resume and unofficial transcript. Applicants may also submit up to two letters of recommendation.
  • Employment with Federal and state judges will not be considered for stipend funds.
  • Students are required to work 37.5 hours for 8 weeks or 300 hours.

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