Dan White ’08
Counsel, Morningside Technology Advisory, Boston
Read My Story
The School of Law awards limited co-op stipends to eligible students completing public interest co-ops. Support comes from the school's Fund for the Public Interest and other stipend programs. Stipends have allowed co-op students to represent immigrants seeking political asylum, tenants fighting to prevent eviction, women seeking shelter from domestic violence, children trying to obtain educational services, mothers seeking child support payments, inmates challenging overcrowded prison conditions and more.
While the American Bar Association recommends that first-year law students not work due to the intensity of beginning and focusing on legal studies, there are ample opportunities for upper-level students to work. The law school funds approximately $500,000 in work opportunities for our students. Funding may come in the form of Federal Work-Study, allowing students to work in a variety of law school offices, with faculty, or in other areas on the main university campus. In addition, each year upper-level students are offered the opportunity to apply for paid positions as lawyering fellows for the first-year class or with faculty on research projects. There is also a limited amount of Work-Study funding available to students on co-op.
The Cooperative Income Sharing Program (CISP) is a student-run and student-managed organization dedicated to increasing awareness of, and student participation in, public service. Such work can take the form of public interest co-ops, public service careers or pro bono activities at private law firms. CISP provides approximately $24,000 annually to students accepting unfunded co-ops with public interest employers.