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Summer Funding - Cornell

Cornell Law School Summer Grants

The Cornell Law School Summer Grant Program provides funding to all 1L and 2L Cornell Law Students who obtain unpaid summer positions with public interest organizations or government agencies. Each year approximately 100 grants are awarded. A full-time Summer Grant of $5,000 consists of two components: 1) a PIF (Public Interest Fellowship) grant; and 2) a Federal Work-Study grant.

PIF grants
are funded by the Law School and are guaranteed for all 1Ls and 2Ls who secure eligible summer placements and meet PIF requirements.  PIF applications are administered by the Office of Public Service.

Federal Work-Study grants are funded by the Federal Government. Work-Study grants are part of your financial aid package and are administered by the University through the Law School's Financial Aid Office.

  • The Work-Study application will be emailed to 1Ls and 2Ls early in the spring semester.

If you meet PIF grant requirements but are not eligible for a Federal Work-Study grant, your summer grant will be $1,600.

For complete details please read the 2016 Summer Grant FAQs.

Public International PIFs

Students taking summer legal internships with overseas government agencies or non-profits are unable to utilize Work-Study funds. Five $2,400 Public International PIF grants are available each year. These grants are coupled with the PIF grants (described above), enabling our overseas interns access to full $5,000 summer stipends.

Click here to view a searchable list of the 1,380 PIF and International PIF grants awarded since 1996.