William and Mary Law School

Summer Public Service Fellowships

In recent years, William & Mary Law School has provided over 100 summer fellowships annually.  Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, legal aid offices, prosecutors, public defenders, government agencies, courts, and judges.  Organizations outside the U.S. qualify if they are legal aid offices, prosecutors, public defenders, government agencies, courts, judges, or nonprofit organizations that would qualify for 501(c)(3) status if they were U.S. organizations.   Partisan political organizations, partisan political work, and lobbying are ineligible for funding. 

The fellowship programs include:

  • Bell Public Service Fellowships:  Funded by a Law School endowment.
  • Christopher Wren Association Fellowships:  Funded by an association in Williamsburg, Virginia, that promotes life-long learning.  Eligible organizations are in the Williamsburg area.
  • Dean’s Fellowships:  Funded by money allocated by the Dean of the Law School.
  • H. Stewart Dunn, Jr. Civil Liberties Fellowships:  Funded by the family of H. Stewart Dunn, Jr., a prominent lawyer in Washington, DC, to acknowledge his dedication to the protection of civil liberties.  Eligible organizations will contribute to efforts to protect civil liberties afforded U.S. citizens by the U.S. Constitution.   In any given year there will be some specific focus on civil liberties afforded by the First Amendment.
  • Hendel Family Fellowships: Funded by Philip Hendel, William & Mary Law Class of 1964.
  • Ingrid Hillinger Fellowship:  Funded by Philip Hendel, William & Mary Law Class of 1964, in honor of Professor Hillinger, a 1976 graduate of the Law School and a distinguished law professor.  Mr. Hendel and Professor Hillinger select an eligible organization. 
  • Pinter Fellowships:  Funded by Douglas Pinter, William & Mary Law Class of 1977, for organizations assisting gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender clients and/or for projects dealing with legal/policy issues involving sexual orientation, sexual identity, or AIDS/HIV. 
  • Purintun Fellowships: Funded by Marc Purintun, William & Mary Law Class of 2000, for organizations assisting gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender clients and/or for projects dealing with legal/policy issues involving sexual orientation, sexual identity, or AIDS/HIV.

  • Virginia Law Foundation Fund for Justice and Education Public Service Internships:  Funded by a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation. The Virginia Law Foundation promotes through philanthropy the rule of law, access to justice and law-related education. See the VLF website for a list of eligible organizations.
  • William & Mary Public Service Fund Fellowships:  Funded from money raised by the student-run William & Mary Public Service Fund.  Courts / judges are ineligible for funding.

Please note the following important details about these programs:

1.  Organizations interested in assistance from William & Mary law students via our summer fellowship programs are encouraged to notify the Office of Career Services by using one of the forms here or via email, fax, or postal mail.

2.  To apply for funding, a student must have a written offer on the organization's letterhead or in an email.  The offer must comply with specific requirements that the student will communicate to the organization. Organizations should provide the written offer directly to the student, not to the law school.

3.  We are very fortunate to have a broad array of funding options; however, the application process is very competitive. Each year, the demand for funds exceeds the supply. Based on past trends, it is likely that some applicants will not receive funding. In addition, in order to fund as many students as possible, many successful applicants will not receive the maximum fellowship amount, but instead will receive fellowships less than $3,600.

4. There are two application deadlines: in late November for second-year students seeking “early decision” funding, and in late March for first- and second-year students seeking funds under the “regular decision” allocation process.   Exact deadline dates are provided to students at the beginning of each academic year.