Equal Justice Scholarship

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2019 – 2020 Equal Justice Scholars (l-r) Anna Roberson ’20, David Giannaula ’21, and Liam Veazey ’22

The Equal Justice Scholarship covers full tuition and fees for all three years, and includes a $4,500 stipend for public interest legal work in the scholar’s first summer. The scholarship is awarded to an entering student with strong academic credentials, demonstrated commitment to public service, and a specific intent to serve low-income individuals or groups following graduation. The scholarship recipient commits to working after law school on a full-time basis for three years providing direct legal services to low-income individuals or groups at a public defender office or a non-profit organization in the United States. The scholar is selected through a competitive process in the spring.

The Equal Justice Scholars are expected to be ambassadors for public interest at the Law School. They participate in the Justice Center’s student advisory board starting their 1L year and are immediately part of the Law School’s vibrant community of students, faculty, and alumni who are committed to the public interest. The recipient profiles on this page and the alumni profiles elsewhere on this website convey the breadth of clinics, pro bono, internships, and other opportunities available to our students as well as where they go after graduation.

The Equal Justice Scholarship was established in 2005 to help increase access to justice in Texas. The scholarship is sponsored by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the Law School, and it was developed in partnership with Baylor University School of Law and the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Originally established to provide financial support for students who would work following graduation to provide civil legal services to low-income Texans, the scope of the scholarship was expanded beginning with the Class of 2011.

Class of ’22 Scholar:

For more information, please email: justicecenter@law.utexas.edu

Application Information

Application due: March 1, 2020

Applicants must apply to the Law School prior to applying for the scholarship. However, applicants may apply for the scholarship before receiving an admissions decision from the Law School.

The scholarship recipient for the class of 2023 must commit to work full-time for three years immediately following graduation (or after completing a judicial clerkship) providing direct legal services to low-income individuals or groups at a public defender office or a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States. A student who accepts the scholarship but does not fulfill his or her three year employment commitment is obligated to repay the amount of the scholarship (possibly on a prorated basis). During law school the scholarship recipient is expected to spend at least one summer working in a public interest legal position, enroll in a clinic or internship, participate on the Student Advisory Board for the Justice Center and the Public Interest Law Association, and sign and fulfill the Pro Bono Pledge. The scholarship recipient must sign an agreement committing to these terms at the beginning of each school year.

All application materials must be submitted via the online application form.

Other opportunities: