Public Interest at Miami Law (HOPE)


Welcome to the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center

HOPE is the first stop for students interested in developing legal advocacy skills.  HOPE also helps educate students about the range of public interest opportunities at Miami Law including the extraordinary array of clinics, programs, externships and courses with field components, to ensure that each and every student has a way to further his/her commitment to social justice. HOPE is a dynamic center, defined by the dedication and thoughtfulness of its volunteers, project leaders and fellows. 

Miami Scholars Public Interest Program
The prestigious Miami Scholars Program is a scholarship and program for entering students with an exceptional academic records and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

HOPE Fellows Program
In the HOPE Fellows Program, students have the opportunity to create summer "dream jobs" in the public interest arena and serve as an integral part of our campus culture. Fellows return with lessons of their experiences and create advocacy projects for their peers.

Summer Public Interest Fellowships/Opportunities
During the summer, students have countless opportunities to work in the public interest through fellowships, externships, clinical programs, judicial internships and volunteer opportunities. HOPE Staff are available to assist, along with CDO advisors, to direct law students to pursue public interest opportunities.
See Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program
See HOPE Summer Fellowships
See Careers in Public Interest

Pro Bono Legal Research Project
Through the Pro Bono Legal Research Project, Miami Law students are teamed with practitioners from the private and public sector to provide legal research and writing assistance on pro bono cases.

Social Justice Media Recommendations
The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center has assembled a list of podcasts touching on various social justice and public interest-related topics. Click here for listing.

HOPE Advocacy Projects
Each year student leaders facilitate legal advocacy projects in collaboration with public interest agencies and pro bono attorneys. Click here to see a list of projects.

HOPE Pro Bono/Community Service Challenge
These are challenges in which Miami Law students pledge to complete a certain number of community service or pro bono hours. Click here for more information.

Additional Miami Law Programs Serving the Public Interest

Center for Ethics & Public Service
Miami STREET Law
CDO Externship Program
Lit Skills Externship Program
Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP)

See Overview of Programs   

 Financial Assistance: Scholarships/Fellowships

University of Miami School of Law students have access to various funding sources to support public interest work during law school and after graduation. Click here for information from the Financial Aid section of the site. Or click on the links below for HOPE Programs which provide financial assistance.
Miami Scholars Public Interest Program
HOPE Fellows Program
Summer Public Interest Fellowships


Contact HOPE
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Miami Law Public Interest Brochure

Summer Public Interest Brochure

Miami Scholars Brochure 

HOPE Fellows Brochure


Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean, Public Interest and Pro Bono and Director of HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, shares how HOPE works with students.

Sharon Booth

Sharon Booth is the Assistant Director of HOPE Public Interest Programs and works with HOPE programming, community advocacy projects, and furthering the mission of instilling a pro bono ethic in all of our students. 


Logan Haine Roberts, Class of 2014, talks about the impact of HOPE on his law school experience as well as his experience volunteering at Chapman Partnership for the homeless.

HOPE Day of Service 2013 students discuss the benefits of participating in our array of public interest programs.

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