Public Service Scholarships
The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law’s Public Service Scholars Program provides $3500 scholarships for up to 4 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, government and legislative settings.
The 2017-2018 Public Service Scholars will be selected based on their commitment to public service, involvement in student organizations, pro bono service, financial need, and academic credentials. Each student selected as a Scholar is expected to work closely with the Justice Center during the 2017-2018 academic year (approximately 8-10 hours per month). The Scholars serve on the Justice Center Student Advisory Board, which meets regularly to advise the Center about programming, speakers, student awards, and outreach to student organizations. The Scholars attend and assist with events and conferences sponsored by the Center, publicize Center events and initiatives, serve as mentors to students and Center liaisons to student organizations, and are encouraged to initiate programs and projects.
Scholars are required to sign an agreement before funds are disbursed. Each Scholar agrees to attend Student Advisory Board meetings and Justice Center events; to sign and fulfill the pro bono pledge and participate in pro bono activities; to suggest and help plan Justice Center programs; and to identify and help execute other initiatives that promote the culture of service at the law school. The Student Advisory Board meets 4-5 times each semester, often at 8 am. Attendance is mandatory.
Scholars who are selected in their 2L year are encouraged to participate on the Student Advisory Board in their 3L year.
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Students in their second or third year of law school are invited to apply by submitting an online application. Applications will be made available in late spring 2018.