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Second Request for Summer Public Service Fellowships

Through the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program, the School of Law provides summer funding to students working in qualifying public sector positions. Each student who secures qualifying public sector summer employment is guaranteed to receive one Fellowship during their academic career at the School of Law. Students pursuing post-graduate employment in the public sector may request a second fellowship for a subsequent summer of qualifying employment that is consistent with their individual career goals. Applications for a second fellowship will be considered by the Fellowship Committee, who will select the recipients. There is no guarantee that a second fellowship will be granted. 

Program TimelineProgram Guidelines & DescriptionEmployment Form

Steps to Follow for Second Requestors

1Review the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program Information Session Webinar

View the recorded webinar here.

2Meet with Your Career Advisor

Conduct a one-on-one career advising and resume review appointment with your career advisor no later than December 1, 2017, to discuss your post-graduate career goals. Partner with your career advisor to develop a strategy to secure summer 2018 employment in the public sector. Update your resume consistent with the feedback provided by your career advisor.

3Complete a Second Request Fellowship Application

Complete and submit tto the Law School Dean's Office in hard copy or via email to Leigh Deignan ( between Monday, October 9 and 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017, the following documents:

  • your resume; and
  • a Career Statement describing your post-graduate career and professional goals and how those align with and will be enhanced by a second public sector internship. Your statement also should describe your commitment to beginning your career in the public sector and any experiences, including coursework, extracurricular activities, pro bono work, volunteer work, etc., demonstrating that commitment. Your Career Statement should be between 700 and 1500 words. See the Program Description and Guidelines for a description of the Fellowship Committee’s selection criteria.
4Secure Qualifying Employment in the Public Sector

Students seeking qualifying employment in the Virginia-area should apply via Symplicity by January 17, 2018, to participate in the Commonwealth Law School Consortium Government and Public Interest Interview Program on February 9, 2018.

5Second Fellowship Recipients Notified

Fellowship Committee will notify students awarded Second Fellowships by January 29, 2018.

6Selected Recipients Submit Fellowship Employment Form to the Law School Dean's Office

Submit a Summer Fellowship Employment Form to the Law School Dean's Office in hard copy or via email to Leigh Deignan ( no later than 5 p.m. on May 11, 2018. Your supervisor must sign your Employment Form or provide a letter confirming your employment. Any employment confirmation letter must specify the amount of compensation you are receiving directly from the employer or certify that you are not receiving any. An original signature or scanned copy of the original is required. 

7Participate in a Fellowship Discussion Group

Beginning on July 30, 2018, sign up via Symplicity to participate in a Fellowship Program Discussion Group, which will be held between August 13-September 7, 2018 (a four-week period).

8Complete Post-Fellowship Requirements

Submit a Summer Employment Evaluation, Interest Questionnaire, and updated resume via Symplicity by September 7, 2018.