KHLF awards all proceeds raised throughout the academic year as Summer Public Interest Grants to first and second year law students who will perform summer legal work in the public interest sector. Full grants are awarded for 400 hours of public interest work at qualifying organizations. Applicants may also request partial grants.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must:
- Be a member in good standing of KHLF;
- Be a first or second year student at King Hall for Summer Public Interest Grants;
- Not have previously received a KHLF grant (this requirement will be removed starting in the 2014/2015 grant cycle);
- Attend all mandatory meetings;
- Volunteer 20 hours of time to the Annual Spring Auction, including 15 hours of active, documented solicitation, and 5 hours of work at the auction;
- Volunteer 5 hours of time with a public interest legal entity
For insight into how all Summer Grant applicants will be evaluated, please see the Summer Grant Evaluation Sheet. Please note that the evaluation sheet ONLY applies to Summer Grant applicants. The evaluation sheet is provided as a reference - applicants do not need to fill it out.
In order to apply for a grant, the applicant must first secure summer employment with a qualifying public interest organization. Applicants may apply for a grant for summer employment with any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of underrepresented or disadvantaged population. In some circumstances, KHLF will consider awarding grants for government organizations. However, the applicant must demonstrate that the government organization provides critical legal services that are not currently served through a private, non-profit organization.
Generally, KHLF does not award grants for summer work with a District Attorney Office or judicial clerkships. KHLF considers grant applications based on the specific project the applicant proposes, and evaluates the application in light of the legal needs that are served by the employer organization.