Liman Fellowships

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Applications Due Wednesday, 12/16/15
12:00 PM

2016 Program Overview

Undergraduate students may apply for an Arthur J. Liman Public Interest Fellowship, which offers a stipend for a minimum eight week summer internship to work at a non-profit organization engaged in public interest law.  In 2016, we will award up to five fellowships of $4,000 each.

The Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Liman Family Foundation, particularly Emily Liman ’85.  The family honors noted attorney Arthur Liman, who served in a wide variety of public service  positions, including President of the Legal Aid Society of new York and of the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem; Chair of the New York City Legal Action Center and of  the New York State Capital Defender’s Office,  chief counsel to the New York State Special Commission on Attica Prison; and special counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee Investigating Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition. 

Students selected as Fellows must attend the Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium at Yale Law School in the spring preceding their internship.  In addition to exploring issues concerning access to and delivery of justice and the role of public interest lawyers, students have the opportunity to meet with other Liman summer fellows who come from Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Spelman and Yale.


Any undergraduate (including current seniors) may apply for a fellowship.  The summer stipend is $4,000.  Additional funds from a separate grant may be accepted to help defray expenses.  All funding must be disclosed at the time of receipt, including on the application, if awarded prior to the selection date.  LAPA must approve acceptance of additional funding.

Finding An Internship

To apply, you need not have located or secured an internship.  The internship may be client-oriented, direct-service casework, either civil or criminal, such as enforcement work by government agencies or class-action litigation by public interest law organizations, or cause-oriented advocacy, such as nonprofit organizations’ policy development and advocacy of legislative and regulatory reforms.

LAPA especially encourages applications from students with an interest in environmental issues, who will qualify for a placement working on environmental law matters.

Students are encouraged to explore internship opportunities with organizations working in the area of their particular interest.  Assistance for finding placements is available from many sources, including Princeton’s Career Services, former Liman Fellows, and websites.  Students often find ideas and contacts at the Liman Colloquium.

Selection Process

LAPA will name up to five undergraduates as 2016 recipients of Liman Fellow stipends. The Review Committee will evaluate all applications with special attention to whether an applicant has demonstrated merit and a past commitment to public service; has an interest or involvement with the legal system; has plans or ideas for pursuing these interests in the future, including realistic goals for securing a fellowship placement; and has indicated how the fellowship will enhance the candidate’s academic and career interests.

Other Requirements

Those selected as fellows must attend the Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium at Yale Law School on March 31-April 1, 2016.

Liman Fellows are required to submit a final report describing their work at the conclusion of their fellowship and to participate in a workshop for Princeton students and faculty at which they share their experiences.

Applications are submitted using the Online Fellowship application.