Public Justice Foundation (PJF)
Hofstra Law’s Public Justice Foundation helps to ensure that quality legal services are provided to those who would otherwise be marginalized or forgotten in the justice system.
This is achieved through Public Interest Law Fellowships, which are awarded to students who devote their summers to working in an area of public interest law, such as Legal Aid, the District Attorney's Office, Child Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations, among others.
Fellowship recipients have worked at some of the following places: Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, District Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, South Brooklyn Legal Services, New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Assistance Corp. of Massachusetts (Family and Child Department), Domestic Violence Coalition, Public Defender Office, and many, many more.
Last summer, 23 students received Public Interest Law Fellowships.
“I hope to pursue a career in the public sector with the goal that my work will have a more direct impact on the public. A PJF funded summer internship would allow me to gain the practical skills necessary to be successful in that endeavor. The interactive nature of public sector work will mold me into a better advocate, and subsequently a better attorney.” – Michele Cattano 2L
"As a first-generation student, I am personally aware of the obstacles that individuals face while gaining access to the legal system. It is my hope that through my studies at Hofstra and my membership in the Public Justice Foundation, I will be able to make the law more accessible through equitable representation." – Theresa Kelly 1L
“The Public Justice Foundation gave me the opportunity to spend my summer at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office. I have been pursuing my dream of becoming a prosecutor for years. But when I got to law school, I was worried about paying bills and the expenses of commuting while also saving money to pay for loans after school. Because of PJF, I did not have to sacrifice experience for a paid summer. I was able to have the best of both worlds. To any and all potential donors, I thank you in advance. You all are the very reason that I can pursue what I love and what I want to do for the rest of my life.” – Cory Robinson 3L
Support summer fellowships for students pursuing unpaid internships in government and nonprofit agencies.