Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mississippi Project Invites Applications for the James M. Ragen Memorial Summer Fellowship

Created to further advance civil and human rights in the South, the fellowship awards $4,500 to one student to work in Mississippi or Louisiana in the tradition of “law in the service of human needs.” The fellowship is awarded to a student who exhibits a commitment to empowering the disenfranchised and advancing civil and human rights in Mississippi and/or Louisiana. In a written essay of no more than 1000 words, students should identify an issue they plan to focus on and its connection to advancing civil and human rights in the South, potential organizations or public interest lawyers they intend to work with, and how this experience will enhance their own development as public interest lawyers in training. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a sustained commitment to advancing civil and human rights in the South. If awarded the fellowship, it is the student’s responsibility to secure public interest employment that meets the eligibility requirements of the award and submit an acceptance letter detailing the position by April 15, 2008. The fellowship funds a legal internship of 35 hours per week for at least 10 weeks during the summer when no other compensation or academic credit is received. No person receiving compensation from the internship employer or summer funding from another source will be eligible for this fellowship.

Fellowship Application Deadline: February 19, 2008 To Apply: Please email your essay to