Summer Grants Program Overview

The Summer Grants Program is designed to ease the financial burden of University of Iowa law students working in unpaid summer positions. There are several grants available for summer.  A student need only submit one Summer Grant Application, and if eligible, will be considered for multiple grants.  All applicants must be a 1L or 2L JD student, including joint degree students with remaining semesters for their JD degree, in good standing, and must have secured and accepted an internship. 

Initial $1,000 awards will be made on a rolling basis starting approximately the end of February.  Awards are based on responses to the application, subject to the availability of funds, and will be granted until funds are depleted.  Although the deadline for specialized awards has past, some additional funds are still available and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, once they have secured a position, to be considered for a $1000 award.

The majority of the grants are for students volunteering over the summer for a public interest non-profit organization or government agency (including in judicial chambers).  Public interest agencies include IRS Code 501(c)(3) entities, government agencies, and advocacy groups.

Some specialized grant awards are available; students applying for those funds must submit a supplementary essay.  A few awards are for students in specific internship settings.  For Summer 2022, this includes:

The Jeff Borns International Rule of Law Award (IROL).  This grant provides an annual award of approximately $5000 to support one student each year in a summer internship in DC in the International Rule of Law (IROL) field.  The student must demonstrate financial need, and preference is given to students who are from or have close ties to Iowa and would not otherwise have the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC.  IROL includes international human rights and related international development fields.  Students interested in IROL internships should apply directly to organizations working in this area.  A description of potential internship organizations is available here

The Hubbell Environmental Law Summer Fellowship: This grant supports students in unpaid public interest or public service positions in environmental law.  A description of potential internship organizations is available here.

The Stanley & Gail Richards Fund in Support of Disability Programs.  This grant supports law students working with organizations in the public or non-profit sector that advocate for or support persons with disabilities.  A list of potential disability rights organizations is available here.

Recipients of a specialized grant will be awarded the dollar amount associated with the grant in lieu of any baseline award and notifications of awards will be sent in mid-April.