Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program

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Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program

Through the Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program (initiated in 1995), the Foundation provides summer fellowships to first- and second-year law students from accredited law schools throughout the nation. Each summer, law students are placed at eligible Foundation-funded legal assistance providers. The purposes of the fellowship program are to: involve law students in the provision of civil legal assistance to the poor in critical areas of need; provide an in-depth educational experience in representing the poor and working with individual clients and client groups in civil matters; increase law student interest in and awareness of the legal problems of the poor and the challenges and satisfactions of representing the poor; and promote commitment to pro bono representation of the poor. Minority students are specifically encouraged to apply for this fellowship opportunity.

Comments from Past Summer Fellows

I learned that Legal Aid is incredibly necessary. Legal Aid plays a huge role in the day-to-day lives of its clients. Equally important, Legal Aid plays a huge role in the community as a whole because the resolution of individual cases impacts the community in a positive way.

Program: Broward Legal Aid
Law School: Stetson

Legal services programs are vital to the well-being of every community because there is no other type of organization with the time and resources (and inclination) to help poorer groups and lobby for greater change on behalf of those communities.

Program: Florida Legal Services
Law School: Florida State University

Legal Aid deals with clients who have no other place to turn for representation. The indigent have no other recourse; Legal Aid is a place of last resort. The difference the representation makes in people’s lives is ineffable; [clients] are saved in many cases from losing their homes or having wages garnished. Sometimes just having an attorney appointed can make a difference between being, or not being, evicted.

Program: Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
Law School: Stetson

My fellowship experience was rewarding in many ways. Working with children in the dependency system was a daunting task at times; however, at the end of the summer I know that I made a difference in my clients’ lives. I would recommend that anyone interested in making a real difference participate in this fellowship. You will make a difference and change someone’s life.

Program: Lawyers For Children America
Law School: Florida International University

I have wanted a career in public interest since I was in college, and this fellowship has further solidified that goal.

Program: Southern Legal Counsel
Law School: University of Florida

Working at FRLS this summer really cements in my mind the fact that I want to be a lawyer and that I chose the correct career path. IÂ really enjoyed working so closely with clients and having so much responsibility. I loved the experience!

Program: Florida Rural Legal Services
Law School: Florida Coastal School of Law

I am unsure of what area I want to practice in, but I will be committed to pro bono service and intend to volunteer at the Legal Aid before graduating.

Program: Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society
Law School: Stetson

This fellowship has made me more aware that no matter what I do in the future, doing pro bono work and/or working in public interest is very gratifying and valuable.

Program: Three Rivers Legal Services
Law School: University of Florida

This is an invaluable way to supplement classroom learning with real world experience. There are so many things that law students do not learn in the classroom, things that perhaps cannot really be taught, but only learned through experience.

Program: Heart of Florida Legal Aid
Law School: University of Florida

Some of the most satisfying aspects of the fellowship were the client visits, and the opportunity to put the knowledge I gained during my first year classes to use in a real life situation. The fellowship was an amazing experience, and I would recommend it highly to anyone.

Program: Florida Institutional Legal Services
Law School: University of Florida

 

For more information contact Kate York at The Florida Bar Foundation, 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195, Maitland, FL 32751 or call (407) 960-7000, or Toll-Free (in Florida only), (800) 541-2195.