Are you considering an unpaid experience this summer with a government agency? Are you looking at volunteering for legal aid or another not-for-profit organization? Have you been offered a position with a prosecutor or a public defender? If so, you may want to consider applying for a Shortridge Loan.
Due to a generous gift from the Estate of Marcia Robbins Shortridge, Mizzou Law provides no interest loans for law students working in unpaid public service or public interest positions during the summer. Students can apply to receive up to $4,000 if they are working within the state of Missouri and up to $6,000 if their summer experience is outside of the state of Missouri where the costs to the student would be higher.
Any first or second year student may apply. The loan is also available to third year students who are completing law school in four years. Priority will be given to students with only one summer left before graduation. Students may receive the loan only once during their tenure at the law school.
To be eligible, the applicant must be working for a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to low income or underserved communities, for a local, state, or federal government agency, or as a judicial intern. There must be an attorney at the placement responsible for supervising the student.
When selecting the loan recipients, the Selection Committee, which is composed of three Mizzou Law professors, will consider the following:
- Public interest commitment: A principal criterion for selection is a demonstrated commitment to public interest or public service on the part of the applicant. This commitment may be demonstrated by participation in public interest/service activities during college and/or while in law school. Preference will be given to applicants who are providing legal services to low income or underserved communities; however, students working for city, county, state or federal agencies will also be considered.
- Public service career goals: The Committee is looking for applicants with an interest in pursuing and building a career in public interest or public service. The applicant should articulate how the summer experience could impact his/her future commitment to working within a specific area of public interest or public service.
- Applicant’s expectations for the summer: The Committee is interested in learning about each applicant’s expectations. This should include what the applicant hopes to learn from the summer experience, as well as what the applicant believes he/she can offer a public interest organization.
To apply for the Shortridge Loan, students will need to complete an application. For application materials and more information about this interesting program, please contact Jeff Turnbull.