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Moody Veterans Law Fellowship
Public Interest Fellowship


Moody Veterans Law Fellowship

The Moody 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 the 2017–18 academic year, Moody Veterans Law Fellowships will be awarded to students who commit to work at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), with TRLA’s Veterans Advocacy Project, on legal matters for veterans. The program will provide a $4,000 fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year or a $2,000 fellowship for either the fall or spring semester.

Applicants must be entering their second or third year of the J.D. program in Fall 2017. 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 240 hours for the academic year or at least 120 hours during either 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. Additional funds may be available for training opportunities related to the fellow’s work.

Fellows will work under the supervision of a TRLA attorney. Fellows may work on a variety of legal matters for veteran clients, including housing, 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 and TRLA, 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 will attend a number of Community Justice Program (CJP) pro bono legal advice and counsel clinics for veterans, sponsored by the San Antonio Bar Association, held monthly at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital. At CJP, the fellows will work alongside practicing attorneys to provide advice to veterans on a variety of legal issues.

The deadline to apply for a Moody Veterans Law Fellowship is 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Moody Veterans Law Fellowship Application

For additional information, please contact Karen L. Kelley, Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Professor of Law, at kkelley2@stmarytx.edu.


Public Interest Fellowship

The St. Mary’s Public Interest Fellowship provides financial assistance to a first-year or second-year law student who has secured a position for the summer of 2017 with a legal aid or legal services provider serving low-income clients.

Please note that, unlike some other fellowship opportunities, you must have already accepted a position with a non-profit legal aid or legal services provider in order to be eligible. Additionally, this funding is not for government sector positions, such as internships with a judge, a DA’s office or the Office of the Attorney General, to name a few.

The Application and Agency Agreement Form (filled out by your employer) must be received by the Office of Career Services along with your application.

The deadline to submit an Application and the Agency Agreement Form for a Public Interest Fellowship is 5 p.m., Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Public Interest Fellowship Application

Public Interest Fellowship Agency Agreement Form

For additional information, please contact Robin Thorner, Director of the School of Law’s Office of Career Services, at rthorner@stmarytx.edu.

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