"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a Texas A&M Fellow and the experience I had because of it. While working in the CPS Legal Unit of the District Attorney’s office, I learned that the role of some lawyers is to be advocates for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Advocating for children who are victims of abuse and neglect is challenging but rewarding work and this internship opened my eyes to the need for good attorneys to serve these vulnerable members of our community. Serving others develops character within all of us."
-- 3L Jessica Juarez
The Texas A&M Law Fellowship is a student run organization devoted to raising awareness of legal work in the public interest sector. The fellowship program funds internships for deserving law school students performing public interest law work during the summer to provide crucial legal services to those in need. This program exemplifies our school’s focus on public interest and giving back to the community, while also providing our students an incredible opportunity to gain practical legal experience. The fellowship program accomplishes this goal primarily in two ways. First, we award fellowships each year to students to intern in the area of public interest law. Second, the Law Fellowship hosts Public Interest Week.
First, we award fellowships. Fellowships are awarded during the Spring Semester for the summer. We encourage everyone interested to apply. We awarded more than $36,000 in fellowships to eighteen Fellows in 2013. In 2013, people worked in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Washington D.C., to name a few locales.
Traditionally, the annual student and faculty auction funded the fellowships. Every dollar raised helped fund students’ living expenses while they work in the public interest sector during the summer. Those auctions laid a foundation for us to do something bolder.
In Spring 2014, we began the tradition of the Law Fellowship Dinner and Auction. This year's Law Fellowship Dinner and Auction will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Fort Worth Hilton. The funds raised at this event allow students to help attorneys and legal programs dedicated to providing legal services to people who would otherwise be unable to afford them. This event not only raises money for fellowships, but also serves as an opportunity for students to mix and mingle with faculty and local attorneys. We raise funds, raise awareness of the Law Fellowship, and put students in a place to network professionally.
Second, the Law Fellowship also hosts Public Interest Week during the spring semester. Several of the agencies will be at the school looking for students to work for them over the summer. Additional placements are found on the Equal Justice Works page on the main Texas A&M University School of Law website. All of the employers at Public Interest week and on the Pro Bono page are acceptable placements for those applying for a fellowship.
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