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Berkeley Law Public Interest/Public Sector Summer Fellowship Program

The Berkeley Law Public Interest/Public Sector Summer Fellowship Program (known informally by students as the ‘Edley Grant Program’) provides $4000 to JD students who are completing a first summer of qualifying public interest or government work. The program also provides additional funding to 2Ls who are completing a second summer of qualifying public interest or government work. Note: Judicial externships are not eligible for Berkeley Law Fellowship funding.

To be eligible to receive funding, students must request support and meet the qualification requirements. Please review the complete details about the Berkeley Law Summer Fellowship Program on the Fellowships page of our website. The Fellowship requirements are expected to remain much the same as they did last year.  A link to last year’s Guidelines can be found on the Summer Fellowships page of the CDO website.  (The 2011 Guidelines and Application Form will be available in early March 2011.)

The principal requirement for receiving funding is the completion of 25 hours of pro bono work.  While applications for the Berkeley Law Public Interest/Public Sector Summer Fellowship Program are not due until April, if you have not already, you should begin considering how you will satisfy the 25-hour pro bono requirement by that time. 

Generally speaking, to count toward the pro bono requirement, work must be: (1) law-related; (2) supervised by an attorney; (3) in the public interest; and (4) uncompensated (by either financial remuneration or academic credit). Students often complete their hours by:

• participating in eligible student-run projects (e.g. Community Legal Outreach; Workers' Rights Clinic; CARC; Juvenile Hall Outreach; etc.);
• performing pre-approved work at non-profit organizations; and/or
• directly assisting the public interest fellowship fund-raising efforts of any Berkeley Law student organization.

Please click here for a detailed description of how the pro bono requirement may be satisfied; take the time to read the rules carefully and contact us if you are in need of clarification.  These requirements have become more detailed (in an effort to make them more fair), so you should not rely simply on what others tell you about them.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Maranzana, Associate Director of Public Interest/Public Sector Programs in the CDO, at or (510) 643-2675.