Duquesne University School of Law offers students a number of opportunities to receive financial support while working in the public service/public interest during the summer months.
McGinley Public Service Law Fellowships
The McGinley Public Service Law Fellowships support students who are interested in working in public service in executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government or related agencies. Since its inception in 2012, the program has funded summer stipends for students working in fair housing, immigration, political asylum, domestic violence, child safety, court diversity and numerous other public service areas. The fellowships are funded through the generosity of John and Marie McGinley and administered by the Office of the Dean. Learn more.
Summer Public Interest Fellowships
The Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program assists students working with organizations that provide direct legal services to low-income and underserved clients. The program is supported by several funding sources and administered through the School of Law's Clinical Legal Education. The fellowships provide students with stipends during 10-week placements in:
- Neighborhood Legal Services Association Pittsburgh Office
- KidsVoice Pittsburgh Office
- Family Law Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
- Legal service organizations throughout Pennsylvania
- Legal service organizations throughout the country
Funding for the fellowships includes monies raised through the leadership of the student-run Public Interest Law Association.
View a list of recent placement sites and learn more about Summer Public Interest Fellowships.
Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship
The School of Law also administers the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellowship, a minority scholar program named in honor of the civil right legend, law professor, and mentor of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the nation's highest court. The award is funded through the generosity of alumnus Robert N. Pierce, Jr. and other donors who recognize the importance of supporting exceptional students. Learn more.
Career Services Support
The Career Services Office compiles information on regional and national fellowship opportunities, such as the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Lawyers Fund Fellowship Program, which matches law students with public interest organizations that offer free legal services to low-income residents of Allegheny County, and the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship, which supports health and social service placements serving low-income populations through the region. The office also provides access to webinars by Equal Justice Works and other national organizations about applying for fellowships. Learn more about fellowship opportunities by following The Common Plea blog or contacting the Career Services Office.
Photo: 2013 Summer Public Interest Fellows (from left) Matthew McClelland, Aaron Weiss, Julie Cochran, Megan Musial, Eric Donato, Babatunde Aremu, Terrence Hanna