Public Service Scholarships

Public Service Scholars 2017-2018
2017 – 2018 Public Service Scholars (l-r): Leah Rodriguez, 19; Sarah Mae Jennings, 18; Marcus Martinez, 19; Alex Shahrestani, 18

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, government and legislative settings.

The 2018-2019 Public Service Scholars will be selected based on their commitment to public service, involvement in student organizations, pro bono service, and academic credentials.  Each student selected as a Scholar is expected to work closely with the Justice Center during the 2018-2019 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 sponsored by the Center, publicize Center events and initiatives, serve as informal mentors to other students and Center liaisons to student organizations, and are encouraged to suggest programs and projects.

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 $68,000).

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.

2017-2018 Scholars:

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Application Information

Application due: August 30, 2018

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 30, 2018. Finalists may be asked to appear for an interview. Recipients will be announced by Thursday, September 6.

Other opportunities: