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Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships

The Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships provide financial support to students who commit to work on legal matters for veterans. This program is funded by a generous gift from the Moody Foundation.

For Summer 2024 and the 2024-2025 academic year, Moody Foundation Veterans Law Fellowships will be awarded to students who commit to work with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) or the San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA) on legal matters for veterans. The program will provide a fellowship of at least $2,500 per semester.

The fellows will be selected based on academic credentials, commitment to public service, and interest in veterans’ issues.

Each fellow is expected to work at least 120 hours per semester. In discussion with the supervising attorneys, the fellow may choose from a number of options regarding the number of weeks and number of hours per week to meet this total hour requirement.

Fellows will work under the supervision of an attorney. Fellows may work on a variety of legal matters for veteran clients, including housing, family law, public benefits, and general litigation matters. The fellows may also work to solve barriers to housing and employability for veterans, through driver’s license restoration or criminal record expunctions.

In the course of their work, fellows will have the opportunity to attend meetings of working groups and coalitions that include St. Mary’s School of Law, TRLA, and SALSA, along with other veteran-serving providers throughout the San Antonio community. These forums will provide the fellows a wider perspective on the many legal and social issues facing veterans, including veterans experiencing homelessness. In addition, fellows from both placement sites will attend a number of pro bono legal advice and counsel clinics for veterans sponsored by SALSA. At these events, the fellows will work alongside practicing attorneys to provide advice to veterans on a variety of legal issues.

Currently, there are fellowship positions available for the Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters. The deadline to apply for these fellowships is 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 8.

Applications will be considered as received, and the position may be filled prior to this deadline.

For additional information, please contact Karen L. Kelley.

Summer Public Service Fellowships

The St. Mary’s Summer Public Service Fellowship provides financial assistance to first- and second-year law students who (1) have secured a position for the summer with a legal services provider serving low-income clients or a governmental agency (NOT including the judiciary), and (2) will work at least 240 hours this summer.

Please note that, unlike some fellowship opportunities, you must have already accepted a position with a non-profit legal services provider or governmental agency in order to be eligible.

The application period for Summer 2023 is currently closed. The application period for Summer 2024 will open in early 2024.

For additional information, please contact Veronica Elizalde, Assistant Director for Career Strategy.