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Law Student Assistance Grant Program

Effective as of the 2011-12 grant year, The Florida Bar Foundation has suspended its Law Student Assistance Grant Program temporarily due to severely reduced revenue from Florida's Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program. The Foundation intends to restore its funding of Law Student Assistance grants when IOTA revenue rises to pre-recession levels.

For more information contact Andrea Horne

The 1983-84 grant year marked the start of the Foundation's Law Student Assistance (LSA) grant program. Since that time the Foundation has initiated and discontinued different law student grant projects to promote public interest and pro bono activities among law students and in their subsequent legal careers. Changing needs and opportunities and the availability of funds have determined the number and level of grant projects. The programs that promote public interest and pro bono work remain the central focus of the LSA grant program.

Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program

For more information contact Andrea Horne.

Through the Legal Aid Summer Fellowship Program (initiated in 1995), the Foundation provides summer fellowships to first- and second-year law students from accredited law schools throughout the nation. Each summer, law students are placed at eligible Foundation-funded legal assistance providers. The purposes of the fellowship program are to: involve law students in the provision of civil legal assistance to the poor in critical areas of need; provide an in-depth educational experience in representing the poor and working with individual clients and client groups in civil matters; increase law student interest in and awareness of the legal problems of the poor and the challenges and satisfactions of representing the poor; and promote commitment to pro bono representation of the poor. Minority students are specifically encouraged to apply for this fellowship opportunity.

2011 Legal Aid Summer Fellows

Comments from Past Summer Fellows

Public Service Fellows Program

For more information contact Andrea Horne.

The Public Service Fellows Program promotes public service/pro bono activities among law students and continuing public service/pro bono activities among lawyers and has been a mainstay project of the Law Student Assistance grant program. The program provides funds to law schools to support Florida law student internships at public interest agencies providing legal services and to promote awareness of the general student body as to the importance of public service activities by lawyers. The purpose of this grant program is to: 1) promote pro bono legal services by members of the legal profession; 2) provide law students with direct involvement in public service legal assistance activities; and 3) promote the concept of public service legal work on law school campuses generally.

Public Service Fellows grants are awarded directly to Florida law schools, which then select the students who will receive the financial aid using criteria approved in advance by the Foundation. Foundation funds generally are utilized to provide fellowships or stipends to participating law students.

2010-11 Public Service Fellows Grants

Comments from Past Public Service Fellows

Law School Civil Clinic Grant Program

For more information contact Andrea Horne.

The Florida Bar Foundation funds for the Law School Civil Clinic Program at Florida law schools are provided to support law school civil clinics which (1) involve law students in the provision of civil legal assistance to the poor; (2) provide an in-depth educational experience in representing the poor and working with individual clients and client groups in civil matters; and (3) encourage law students to pursue public interest careers representing the poor and/or promote a commitment to pro bono representation of the poor.

2010-11 Law School Civil Clinic Grants

For more information, contact Andrea Horne at The Florida Bar Foundation, 875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 195, Maitland, FL 32751 or call (407) 960-7000, or Toll-Free (in Florida only), (800) 541-2195.

Giving Opportunities

Fellows are life members of The Florida Bar Foundation; core supporters who believe in the value of justice and the importance of the Foundation’s leadership and charitable programs. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making your Fellows pledge.

IOTA Program Information

The Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) program was implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. The nation’s first IOTA program, it serves as a model for similar programs across the country and creates millions of dollars in funding for Legal Aid each year. Learn more.