Summer Public Interest and Public Policy Awards
SANDGRUND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FELLOWSHIP and ELS
SUMMER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
This document describes the process whereby the University of Colorado Law School
awards funds for law students to participate in low-paid or unpaid summer internships for non-
profit groups, non-governmental organizations, or government organizations that relate to
environmental and natural resources law and policy. Two types of fellowships are available:
(1) General Fellowships through the CU-Law Environmental Law Society, and (
(2) The Sandgrund Environmental Law Fellowship.
A. University of Colorado Law Student: The applicant must be currently enrolled at CU Law
during the semester of application, and the applicant must be a student in the semester
following completion of the fellowship or complete the fellowship assignment within four
months of graduation.
B. Unpaid or Underpaid Internship: The applicant may use the fellowship only to perform
an unpaid or underpaid internship. An unpaid internship is one for which the applicant
will not be compensated (except for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses).
Underpaid positions include those positions for which gross pay is less than $500/week
for full-time employment, or the equivalent for part-time employment.
C. Selection Factors: The following factors shall be considered by the Selection Committee
in deciding whether to award a fellowship and the amount to be awarded:
(1) The amount of compensation that the applicant will receive from the sponsor.
(2) The location of the internship and the cost of living at that location. Ideally, the
Selection Committee will not give preference to one location over another.
However, an internship that is deemed underpaid in one location with a high cost
of living (e.g., New York City), need not be considered underpaid in a location
that has a much lower cost of living (e.g., Grundy, Virginia). Cost of travel to the
internship from CU Law may also be relevant.
(3) The duration of the internship. The amount of compensation in relation to the
duration of the internship is especially relevant in determining whether the
internship is underpaid or not (i.e., the Selection Committee may consider
receiving $2,000 for a 10-week internship as underpaid, but need not consider
receiving $2,000 for a 6-week internship underpaid.
(4) The number of applications for unpaid internships, the number of applications for
“underpaid” internships, and the average compensation of those underpaid
(5) Only students in good academic standing are eligible for an award. Student
performance in law school may be considered as a factor but should not be given
(6) For ELS Fellowship: Active involvement with ELS. Only in exceptional
circumstances should the Selection Committee award a fellowship to an
applicant who is not an active member of ELS.
(7) Demonstrated interest in environmental or natural resources law or policy.
(8) Financial need.
(9) Demonstrated commitment to public interest and/or environmentally-related
work. T his may be an important factor for first year students who may not have
had sufficient opportunity to demonstrate an interest in environmental and natural
resources law or policy.
D. Environmental or Natural Resource Law or Policy Internship: The internship must be in
the field of environmental or natural resource law and policy.
E. Public Interest: The internship must be with a non-profit group, a non-governmental
organization, or a government agency.
3. Application Procedure
A. The Application:
(1) Statement and Essay: The applicant should submit a one-page application that
a statement describing the proposed internship, the anticipated amount (if any) of
compensation, and whether or not a position has been officially awarded; and
a brief essay that relates to the selection factors described in Section 2-C
(above). [Note: The applicant need not have actually secured the internship, but
the applicant must have applied for the scholarship and have a good faith belief
that there is a substantial chance of securing the internship. See Section 4
below, regarding awarding fellowships conditional on placement at the internship
(2) Anonymity: The Application should be submitted anonymously directly to the Law
School Registrar, who will assign you and your application a number in order to
preserve anonymity in the selection process.
(3) For Sandgrund Fellowship – Additional Application Requirements: In addition the
statement and essay noted above, those applying for the Sandgrund Fellowship
must also submit (1) the most recent copy of their law school transcript, and (2) a
resume or curriculum vitae. All such documents must be submitted
anonymously. The applicant, at his or her discretion, may also submit copies of
other relevant transcripts (e.g., other post-secondary education).
(1) Full Consideration Deadline: To ensure that your application receives full
consideration, it should be submitted by March 31.
(2) Rolling Applications after Full Consideration Deadline: Applications submitted
after March 31 will be considered on a rolling, funds-available basis.
4. Selection of Fellowship Recipients
A. The Selection Committee: The Selection Committee shall consist of the ELS Advisor and
two (2) additional faculty members to be selected by the ELS Advisor.
B. Timing of Application Review: The Selection Committee shall meet as soon after the
application deadline as is practicable. Ideally, the Selection Committee will give an initial
response by the 10th of April to applications submitted before March 31 (see section 3-B
above). The Committee should give full consideration to applications submitted before
March 31st before considering additional applications. In the event that additional funds
are available after initial responses to applications submitted prior to the March 31, then
the Committee should consider on a rolling basis applications submitted after the Full
Consideration Deadline (March 31). The Committee, in its discretion, may also
reconsider applications it initially deemed unacceptable.
C. Selection: The Selection Committee shall select recipients in accordance with the
guidelines set forth above.
(1) Fellowships Conditional Upon Placement. The Selection Committee may, in its
discretion, award fellowships conditional upon placement at the internship
applied for by the applicant. In awarding such Fellowships, the Selection
Committee may set a date by which placement must be secured. In the event
that a recipient of a Conditional Fellowship does not secure placement, the
Committee should, if practicable, consider re-award the Fellowship to another
(2) Withholding of Decision. The Selection Committee may, at its discretion, decide
to wait and see if more applications are received before passing judgment on an
application. Thus, if it initially deems an application unacceptable, it may later
decide the applicant deserving of a fellowship.
D. Quantity of and Amount of Fellowships: The Committee shall have complete discretion in
determining the amount and size of Fellowships to award. With the exception of the
Sandgrund Fellowship, the general ELS Fellowship awards should not exceed $2000
unless the selection committee determines that a larger award is necessary and
appropriate given the nature of the application and the work proposed.
E. Sangrund Fellowship: The Committee will award one Sandgrund Fellowship for 2009 in
the amount of $4000. Selection of the Sandgrund Fellow will be based upon the
Sandgrund Fellowship Agreement. The successful Sandgrund Fellow applicant will
possess “the most impressive combination of academic achievement, past commitment
to environmental protection and an enthusiasm for exploring and making environmental
protection-related activities part of his or her future.” The successful applicant must work
for a “bona-fide, non-profit environmental protection advocacy group … that works to
protect the earth’s environment and natural resources.”
F. Notification of Decision:
(1) Applicants who Submit Application Prior to March 31: By April 14, or as soon
there after as practicable, the Selection Committee shall send a decision to all
Applicants who submitted an Application prior to March 31.
(2) Rolling Decisions: For applications submitted after March 31 but before the
Selection Committee has notified the ELS Board that all fellowships have been
awarded, the Selection Committee shall inform the applicant of its decision as
soon as practicable
All applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the Selection Committee. Applicants
accepted for a fellowship must provide the ELS Advisor with a written notice accepting or
decline the fellowship within one week of notification of selection. Acceptance may be made
contingent on approval for the position sought in the application. No fellow may use their
award for work not included in their application without the express written approval of the
JONATHON B. CHASE FELLOWSHIP
Applications are now being accepted for the Jonathon Boyd Chase Human Rights
Fellowship, established in 1988 in memory of a former C.U. Law Professor. Several
Fellows will be selected from the first- or second-year classes at the Law School. The
Fellows will receive a stipend for the summer of 2009 for work in a public or private law
office or program on a proposed project related to issues of human rights such as civil
liberties, poverty, or discrimination. The recipients are expected to work in a well-
supervised legal environment on a project with specific goals that have the potential to
improve the human or social condition. The project should be likely to lead to a legal or
social impact in the form of litigation, legislation, a published article, or change in the
application of law. Strong preference will be given to students that are working in unpaid
positions. Students who are being compensated may also apply, but the amount of
compensation must be disclosed in the application, and this will be considered by the
Chase Fellowship Committee. Chase Fellow applicants must commit to doing at least 300
hours on their proposed project in order to qualify.
Applications must include:
-a letter describing the student’s interest in human rights;
-the student’s resume, including academic qualifications;
-a proposal (2-5 pages) describing the summer project, such as work on a major case,
issue or problem (this should be prepared in consultation with a proposed
-a letter from the proposed supervisor (law firm, legal services program, government
agency, non-profit organization, etc.) indicating that the proposed project is important
to the supervisor and that he or she agrees to furnish regular supervision and
necessary office space, support and overhead for the Fellow.
-a description of the sponsoring organization,
-a letter from a faculty member indicating he or she has reviewed the proposal and
agrees to serve as a liaison for the project is also encouraged.
Fellows will prepare a short (1-5 pages) report of the project at the end of the summer.
Past Fellows have worked with Planned Parenthood on a project involving harassment of
care providers, The Children’s Legal Clinic on a project involving the appointment of
guardians ad litem, Colorado Rural Legal Services on a project involving migrant
agricultural workers, the ACLU on a case involving the detention of juveniles in adult
correctional facilities, the Texas Resource Center on death penalty cases, and with
immigrants’ rights organizations.
Applications must be submitted to Assistant Dean Lorenzo Trujillo no later than
April 5, 2009. Winners will be notified in mid-April. Please call Danielle Hayward at 303-492-
8048 with any questions.
Women’s Law Caucus Public Interest Scholarships
For the summer of 2009, the Women's Law Caucus will award two scholarships in the amount
of $1000- $1500 to students who will be performing unpaid or low paid* legal work that touches
on women's issues. The fellowship is open to any 1L or 2L student, regardless of gender. The
selection committee consists of a group of current WLC board members and faculty.
How to Apply:
Interested students should submit an application by Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00p.m. in the
Dean's Office.** The application should include:
1. A completed cover sheet, including contact information.
2. A short description of the student's interest in women's issues with a 1-3 page (single
spaced) project proposal. Please use Student ID number instead of name on top right
hand corner and submit 3 copies; and
3. A letter from the proposed sponsoring employer/supervisor indicating that supervision
and necessary support will be provided to the student. The letter also needs to certify
that the position is unpaid or low paid.* Please use Student ID number instead of name
on top right hand corner.
Examples of previous proposals are available on the WLC TWEN website.
1. Project or employment should directly or indirectly relate to women's issues;
2. Project or employment should lead to significant social impact;
3. Required minimum of 200 hours of unpaid or low paid* work;
4. Project or employment may be local, national, or international in scope;
Selection is based entirely on blind proposal. It is not on past work, grades, resume, gender,
etc. Our main goal is to fund good work outlined in a good proposal; take as much flexibility as
you need to achieve this goal. Announcement of award will be made in mid-April.
*Low paid means that students may earn compensation up to $1000 and still be eligible for this
**A submissions box will be on the counter in the Dean’s Office starting March 9th.
Please contact Kerry van der Burch at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship
Using the attorney’s fees earned from a successful pro bono case won by John Oberdorfer,
Patton Boggs established the Patton Boggs Foundation to commemorate the retirement of
founding partner James R. Patton, Jr. The Denver office of the firm has recently allotted $5,000
for a Public Policy Fellowship to be given to two CU Law Students in $2,500 awards. The
Foundation annually grants a Public Policy Fellowship to exceptional law students who spend
their summers working on public policy matters for either a non-profit institution or a government
agency. By making this Fellowship available, the Foundation embodies the firm’s commitment
to creating new and valuable opportunities in the public policy field for tomorrow’s attorneys.
Former recipients of the Fellowship have worked at organizations such as the Federal
Communications Commission, Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and
Compliance Assurance, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Office of the General Counsel -
African Development Foundation. Applications for the Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship
should include a copy of your resume and a written description (2-4 pages) of the organization
you will be working at and the public policy work you will be doing this summer. Applications
should be turned in to Karen Trojanowski in the Office of Career Development no later than
Friday, April 10, 2009.