Martin E. Feinrider Summer Fellowship for International Human Rights

Mission Statement

The Feinrider Summer Fellowship is designed to provide funding for law students who are spending the summer working for a non-profit public interest organization devoted to international human rights.

Student Eligibility

This fellowship is open to first- and second-year (and third-year evening) law students enrolled at the Shepard Broad Law Center. In order to be considered for the fellowship, students must first make arrangements for a placement of at least 200 hours at a non-profit public interest organization devoted to international human rights. Students may not receive pro bono credit for their fellowship work. However, students who volunteer in excess of the required 200 hours may apply for pro bono credit for those additional hours. Students who intend to transfer to another law school should not apply. Students who are awarded fellowships but subsequently transfer may be required to repay their stipend.

Amount of Award

The fellowship amounts awarded will generally range from $1,000 to $2,000, depending upon student financial need and the number of fellowships offered. The Feinrider Committee reserves the right to not award any fellowships to preserve the integrity of the program.

Application Requirements

The application must be fully completed and submitted in a timely fashion. No exceptions will be made.

The application consists of all of the following:

  • A cover letter to the committee indicating the following:
    • Name, NSU #, and anticipated date of graduation
    • Address, telephone number and non-NSU email address
    • Expected place of employment and number of hours per week you intend to work
    • Any additional source of funding you are applying for/expect to receive for your work or additional income from other resources
    • At least one reference (preferably from NSU)
  • Current resume
  • One- to two-page statement explaining why you believe you should receive the stipend. This statement should describe your enthusiasm for and demonstrated commitment to human rights work and to issues of social justice.  The letter should also include a specific description of the organization for which you intend to work and description of the work project contemplated.
  • Letter or written statement of verification from expected employer, detailing the job description and verifying that you have been hired or are currently being considered for the available position
  • A statement describing your financial need, including debts incurred, means by which you are paying for your legal education, and any other proposed sources of funding
  • Informal interviews may be conducted if number of applications greatly exceeds number of available fellowships.

Responsibilities of Fellowship Recipient

Students who receive fellowships must fulfill the terms of employment as submitted in the application. If a student does not complete such terms, he or she will be required to repay all money awarded. Upon completion of the employment, the student will be required to submit a report by the first Friday in September describing and evaluating his or her experiences. In addition, by that date, the student must submit a letter from the organization certifying that the proposed work was successfully completed.  Fellowship recipients should also be prepared to speak about their experiences to interested groups of fellow law students.


The deadline for submitting a completed application is the first Friday in April. Please submit completed applications directly to Career Development.

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated for significance and clarity by the Feinrider Fellowship Committee, consisting of faculty and administrators from the Shepard Broad Law Center.

Additional Information and Assistance in Finding a Summer Placement

For resource materials for finding a summer placement, and counseling regarding this and other public interest law opportunities, please visit the Public Interest Law Center, Professor Jim Wilets or Professor Doug Donoho.  Successful placements include a wide variety of organizations, such as those handling immigration and political asylum claims, the United Nations, Amnesty International, or international human rights groups in the United States or other countries.

Professor Feinrider, who served on the Law Center faculty from 1980 until his tragic death in 1986, was an outspoken scholar and activist in the field of international law, known particularly for his commitment to the promotion of human rights and the elimination of nuclear weaponry.

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