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Tel: 540.458.8535
Email: lawcareer@wlu.edu
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Office: Powell Suite, Sydney Lewis Hall

Funding & Academic Credit

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Financial support for students accepting unpaid summer positions is available, but very limited; in most cases one must accept the summer position before an application for funding can be submitted.

  • The Public Service Law Network (PSlawnet.org) collects summer funding resources; we recommend you also check with state and local bar associations.
  • W&L’s Shepherd Poverty Program offers a few federal work study positions to law students working in pre-approved summer internships with organizations addressing the legal needs of the poor.
  • OCP issues a few funding awards to students working in the public sector – preference is given to 2Ls and to those working in legal aid and public defender offices. Summer Funding Memorandum and Application
  • Finally, PILSA, the Public Interest Law Students Association, raises funds each year to provide grants to students. Watch for information on the application process from PILSA in spring.
  • Federal student loans are available to those with remaining federal loan eligibility for this academic year.  Contact Cynthia HIntze in Financial Aid (CHintze@wlu.edu or 458-8032) as early as possible; your loan must be in process by April 15 and must disburse by the end of the academic year.

If you have incurred expenses during initial and call-back interviews with public sector employers, you can apply for reimbursement.  Applications for reimbursement of public service job search expenses during fall term are due by January 15; expenses incurred during spring term are due by May 15th. See HERE for the reimbursement request form and more details.

For information about post-graduate loan repayment and debt forgiveness, see the resources located here.

ACADEMIC CREDIT

Academic credit is available for summer study abroad and for certain unpaid summer internships. Review this Memorandum on Academic Credit for Summer Internships for details.

F-1 Visa Students: If you are engaged in non-required Curricular Practical Training through summer employment, you must undertake an independent research and writing project (Law 310: Independent Research Projects or Tutorials, below) during that same summer for one ungraded credit.  The project shall relate to your summer employment and must be completed under the direct supervision of a member of the faculty.  The project must be a substantial piece of legal writing, including a second draft in response to criticism from the supervising faculty member.  You must submit a detailed proposal for the project and have the proposal approved by the supervising faculty member and the Independent Research Committee before the end of classes in spring semester, before your summer employment begins.  Such project may not be used to fulfill the second-year writing requirement.

LAW 310 - Independent Research Projects or Tutorials.  Students may conduct independent research or pursue specialized studies in areas of the law which are of particular interest to them in the form of independent research projects or tutorials. Faculty members may conduct tutorials for small groups of students on issues not otherwise taught in the curriculum. One to two hours of ungraded credit will be granted per independent research project or tutorial, depending on size and scope. No more than two independent research projects or tutorials will be given credit toward graduation. A student wishing to pursue an independent research project must submit a detailed proposal for the project, including a description of the current literature on the topic, and have the proposal approved by a supervising faculty member and the faculty Independent Research Committee before the end of the add/drop period. Students are, therefore, strongly advised to contact a supervising faculty member prior to the beginning of a term for guidance in formulating a proposal. One or two hours.Faculty