Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Service Fellowship Program


The Squire Patton Boggs Foundation is a unique nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to honor former senior partner Jim Patton on his retirement. The Foundation’s origins are rooted in a history of civil rights advocacy. The Foundation demonstrates a meaningful investment in law students and legal professionals by funding work in law, public policy, and public service. Since its formation, the Foundation has funded Public Policy Fellowships for more than 200 law students at 17 US law schools, as well as the College of Law in Qatar.

About the Fellowship

The cornerstone of the Foundation is the Public Policy Fellowship Program, which launched in 2005. Each year, the Program awards a number of $5,000 fellowships to exceptional first- and second-year law students who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to public service and a developed interest in public policy. One Moritz College of Law student will be awarded this funding to work during the summer to advance public policy issues through domestic and/or international non-profit institutions, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Fellowship Program reflects the Firm’s industry-leading public policy practice and commitment to public service. Read more about the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation and the Public Policy Fellowship program on the “Corporate Responsibility” section of their website.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be first- or second-year law students interested in work during the summer in a domestic or international public policy position. Students should have a strong interest in international matters, either in Washington, D.C. or abroad. The Foundation supports a preference for interested military veterans and looks to further opportunities for students who contribute to the diverse economic, educational, and ethnic background of the Law School’s student body.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on or before March 1 by noon (12:00pm).

Application Requirements

Please complete the Moritz College of Law Fellowships and Scholarships application (accessed through the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the page). In addition to completing the application form, you will also need to upload PDF versions of the following documents:

• Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship Application.

• Please answer each of the following questions in 300 words or less:

• Why do you want this fellowship? Where will you work? What does that organization do? Who are their clients?

• What will your responsibilities be? What are your goals for the position? Will you be working on a specific project?

• What aspect of your work will involve Public Policy Work?

• How do you envisage this public policy work to further your long-term career objectives?

• Current Resume.

Decision Timeline

The Office of International and Graduate Affairs will inform students of their acceptance to the Fellowship program by the end of March. After being selected by Moritz College of Law for the Program, students and positions must be approved by the Foundation. Once approved, students will be provided with a commitment letter for the Fellow to sign and return to the Foundation.


In addition to completing duties assigned by the organization with whom the Fellow is working, Fellows will be expected to provide the Foundation with a brief description of their summer activities in early July, complete a survey, and write a report on his/her summer work at the end of the Fellowship. Fellows are also often invited to the Washington, D.C. area during the summer to join the Foundation for a breakfast reception honoring them (at student’s own expense) as an opportunity for Fellows to meet each other, along with members of the Foundation and Firm.

Fellowship Conditions

The Fellowship award cannot be combined with any other fellowships, awards, or grants. Applicants must acknowledge that s/he will not be receiving any other pay or funding for the proposed work. Students should also provide a letter of engagement to the Office of International and Graduate Affairs from the organization with whom they will be working, describing the type of work in which the applicant will be engaged. Grant money is considered taxable income.

Contact Information

Megan Avellana, Assistant Director
Office of International & Graduate Affairs
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W 12th Avenue, 361 Drinko Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: +1-614-247-0098/ avellana.4@osu.edu