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Jeffcoat Public Interest Fellowship Program

The Jeffcoat Public Interest Fellowship Program (“Jeffcoat PI Fellowship") is a grant program established through generous donations by the Jeffcoat Firm, South Carolina’s personal injury law firm focused on a client-centered approach based on service and shared decision-making with their clients. The Jeffcoat Firm is committed to offering students opportunities to explore public interest work in their 1L and 2L summers to support those who wish to pursue public interest work as a career.


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The Jeffcoat PI Fellowship provides funding for first-year and second-year law students working part-time and full-time 29 hours/week, up to 10 weeks during the summer. The Jeffcoat PI Fellowship has 3 major goals:

  1. To allow USC Joseph F. Rice law students to receive compensation for their work in the field of public interest law.
  2. To give USC Joseph F. Rice law students valuable work experience in an underserved field.
  3. To provide respected public interest organizations with valuable law student assistance.

Application Process

  1. Application Form
  2. Personal Statement (500-word minimum) submitted in Symplicity as “Other Documents.”
  3. Resume submitted in Symplicity as “Resume.”
  4. Employer Form (A completed Employer Form may increase the likelihood of being selected for funding, but is only required for selected Jeffcoat PI Fellows to confirm awards).
  1. The Application Form must be submitted through Formstack.
  2. The resume and personal statement must be submitted through the Symplicity job posting, which will be posted during winter break and due January 31, 2024. No late entries will be accepted.
  3. The Employer Form can be submitted online or emailed.


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