Public Service Summer Funding

Summer Funding is a part of BU Law’s commitment to public interest lawyering and is intended to support students who are a part of the public interest community, as they pursue sometimes unfunded opportunities in their desired fields. Summer Funding is funded by the BU Law administration, BU Law alumni, and former PIP grant recipients. We hope that any Summer Funding recipients who are one day financially secure will consider donating so that future BU Law students can continue to work in public interest regardless of their financial position, privilege, and power. Applicants are not required to commit to any current fundraising or future contributions as it will have no bearing on which students will be selected as recipients of Summer Funding.

There is a limited amount of Summer Funding available, and we are unable to guarantee funding for all applicants. The BU Law administration makes the ultimate decision as to the number of Summer Funds to award, and we anticipate that the realities of budget constraints will cause fewer applicants to be awarded this year than in previous years. Our goal is to offer an application process that is as accessible, flexible, and transparent as possible.

BU Law is committed to public interest lawyering and to the BU Law public interest community. We hope that these Summer Funds, as well as the school’s support for PILS, PILJ, and experiential opportunities in the public interest, will work to further foster that community in the law school.

The Public Service Committee and the Career Development Office have compiled an Applicant Information Packet, as well as a Step By Step Guide to Applying which includes important information regarding the funding application process. This Applicant Packet, other important forms, and key deadlines will also be available on CareerHub in the resource folder under Summer Funding Resources. Please also check your email regularly for pertinent forms and information. If you find this packet does not answer your questions, feel free to email us at Best of luck with the application process!

Important Dates for 2024:

December 8, 2023: Complete the Intent-to-Apply Form.
January 31, 2024: Submit completed written funding application via Google Forms by 5:00 p.m.
January 31, 2024: Submit Work-Study Application to the Financial Aid Office by 5:00 p.m. (see Section 8)
March 15, 2024 (estimated): Receive Funding decisions (and wait list status)
April 1, 2024: Employment confirmation letter must be emailed to by 5:00 p.m. (see Section 10)
May 1, 2024: All employment documents are due to the Law School Payroll department by 5:00 pm. (see Section 10)