Summer 2020 Justice Scholarship for Law Students

IPNO recognizes that the ability to work an unpaid internship during the summer is a luxury that many students are simply unable to afford. This, in turn, exacerbates the lack of diversity and representation from which the legal field already suffers. Thanks to a generous donor, IPNO is pleased to offer the Justice Scholarship to an academically promising law student for Summer 2020. The goal of the scholarship is to allow a student with demonstrated financial need—who might otherwise be unable to accept an unpaid position—to participate in IPNO’s Summer Clerkship program.

The successful Justice Scholarship awardee will receive a $5000 stipend for the summer, paid in installments every two weeks.

As described in the Law Student Summer Clerkship posting above, IPNO’s summer clerkship for law students is a full-time, 10-week commitment. Both rising 2L and 3L students are invited to apply.  Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in some aspect of IPNO’s work (post-conviction law, criminal defense, indigent defense, innocence work, investigation, criminal justice reform, etc.)
  • Demonstrated financial need and/or hardship
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Be willing to share his or her experiences via IPNO’s newsletter, social media, with our funders, and/or with the press

To apply, collect the following documents in a SINGLE PDF file:

  • A personal statement discussing your interest in interning with IPNO, your financial hardship, your legal interests, and any ways in which you believe you could contribute to the diversity and breadth of experiences of IPNO’s summer clerkship class
  • A current résumé, including GPA
  • At least two references and their contact information
  • Writing sample (limited to 10 pages)

Name your application file Full Name_Law Student Justice Scholarship (ie. Jane Doe_Law Student Justice Scholarship) and email as an attachment to

We will contact applicants who have advanced to the interview stage of the application. Please do not call to inquire about your application status. Though you may choose to apply to both the unpaid Summer Clerkship and the Justice Scholarship, if you choose to do so, you must send in two separate applications.

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are the last dates on which we will accept applications. Applications are reviewed as they are received and hiring is conducted on a rolling basis, so please apply as early as possible.

Fall 2019 Internships: Hiring is complete

Spring 2020 Internships: December 1, 2019

Law Student Summer Clerkship: February 1, 2020

Summer 2020 Justice Scholarship for Law Students: February 1, 2020

Undergraduate Summer Internship: April 1, 2020

International Applicants: Rolling