Summer Stipend Program

Summer Stipend Program

The Summer Stipend Program is a comprehensive, collaborative program through which alumni, students, legal employers, and various friends of Notre Dame Law School provide stipends for our students performing otherwise unpaid legal public interest work around the world. Eligible students working in certain public interest positions in the United States may also choose to supplement their stipend award with matching Federal Work Study funds, which are limited in number.

Student Information

Please refer to the 2015 Summer Stipend Program Guidebook if you are looking to acquaint yourself with the application process or to understand how an award may impact your financial aid package. From there, please contact the CDO with questions you may have.

Employment Forms

All students enrolled in the Summer Stipend Program, including both those receiving only Base Funding and those receiving Federal Work Study funds, need to become employees of the University of Notre Dame. If you are not already an employee of the University, you will need to complete the required forms to become an employee at Notre Dame’s Human Resources office, located at 200 Grace Hall. When you go to Grace Hall, you will need to bring all accompanying materials, which includes required documentation to complete your I9 (e.g., U.S. Passport or Driver’s License plus either Social Security Card or Birth Certificate). These forms are located online at You cannot complete forms to become an employee until HR has put all summer positions in their system, which they will do in Mid-April. They will send individual emails to each student letting you know when your position is in the system and when you are eligible to fill out your employment paperwork.

2015 Summer Stipend and Federal Work Study Important Dates

Mid-February: CDO will host a presentation outlining the summer stipend program

ASAP and Prior to March 1: File 2014 taxes so IRS can generate a pin for electronically-filed taxes, auto-completing your FAFSA

Spring Break: Bring back forms needed to complete employment paperwork: (1) passport or (2) driver’s license and birth certificate or social security card)

March 31: Deadline for filing 2015-2016 FAFSA

Early May: The CDO will send out emails about applying for student organization awards

April 12: Student and agency agreements (with program description) due to CDO for Federal Work Study

April 15: Students can begin to complete employment paperwork online and visit HR to provide supporting documentation for I-9

May 1: Student and agency agreements (with program description) due to CDO for Base Funding

Early May: Office of Financial Aid informs students of decisions regarding federal work study

May 12: Deadline to complete employment paperwork (I9, W4, WH4, direct deposit form)

May 30, June 15, June 30, July 15, July 31, and August 15: Summer stipend payment potential distribution dates. Please note that the first and last payment dates are tied to your start and end date of employment as it is specified on your agency agreement. If you do not start work until June 1, you will not get paid until June 15. If you end work on July 31, you will not get paid on August 15. Base funding recipients will get paid on June 15 and June 30.

Prior to July 10: Complete Midpoint Hours Verification Form and send to Katelynn McBride (You may email a PDF to Katelynn McBride at or fax to 574-631-4789)

Prior to August 15: Complete Final Hours Verification Form and send to Katelynn McBride (You may email a PDF to Katelynn McBride at or fax to 574-631-4789)


+ Agency Agreement for Federal Work Study
+ Agency Agreement for Only Base Funding
Student Agreement for Class of 2016
Student Agreement for Class of 2017
Midpoint Hours Verification Form
Final Hours Verification Form

The following forms must be completed online but they are included below in PDF for your review. You can complete them online here:

+ You are required to only submit one Agency Agreement. If you are applying for Federal Work Study, then please complete the ‘Agency Agreement for Federal Work Study’. If you only wish to have the only base funding stipend, then please complete the ‘Agency Agreement for Only Base Funding’. If you apply but do not receive Federal Work Study, your first Agency Agreement will suffice.

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