Public Service Scholarships

2018 – 2019 Public Service Scholars (l-r) Savannah Kumar ’20, Taylor Loynd ’19, Natalie Neill ’20, Josh Wagner ’20, Justin Chung ’19

The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law’s Public Service Scholars Program provides $1000 scholarships for up to 5 second and third year students with a demonstrated commitment to studying and working in public service and promoting it at the Law School.  “Public service” for this program includes legal work in non-profit, pro bono, government and legislative settings.

The Scholars serve on the Justice Center Student Advisory Board, the purpose of which is to provide the Center with insight into the experiences of students pursuing public service and public interest law; to facilitate communication between the Center, students, and student organizations with a public interest focus; and to continue to build the Law School’s public interest community and culture of service. The board is composed of the Public Service Scholars along with the recipients of the Equal Justice, G. Rollie White, and Reaud Scholarships.

The board meets with Justice Center staff four to five mornings each semester (typically at 8:00 a.m.), and attendance is mandatory. Students also occasionally meet in smaller groups to discuss particular ideas. At board meetings, students are asked to provide input and assistance on programs and initiatives; students share student organization news; and small groups report on their ideas and discuss them with the larger group.

In past years, members of the board have suggested and worked with Justice Center staff to implement a number of initiatives, such as planning the first winter break pro bono trips, hosting the Justice Center’s annual open house, creating programing on public service loan forgiveness, and strengthening student ties to public-interest alumni.

The 2019-2020 Public Service Scholars will be selected based on their commitment to public service, involvement in student organizations, pro bono service, and academic credentials. Financial need will not be considered during the selection process. Additional limited scholarship support may be available for Scholars whose educational debt for law school will exceed the average debt of graduating students (currently $58,022).

Each student selected as a Scholar is expected to work closely with the Justice Center during the 2019-2020 academic year (approximately 8-10 hours per month). Scholarship recipients are required to sign an agreement before funds are disbursed. Each Scholar agrees to attend board meetings; to attend and promote Justice Center events; to work with Justice Center staff and other students to help plan Justice Center programs, build the Law School’s public interest community, and promote a schoolwide culture of service; and to sign and fulfill the pro bono pledge.

2018-2019 Scholars:

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

Application Information

Application due: August 29, 2019

Students in their second or third year of law school are invited to apply by submitting an online application. All application materials must be received by noon on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Finalists may be asked to appear for an interview. Recipients will be announced by Thursday, September 5.

Other opportunities: