Wayne Reaud Public Interest Scholarship

2021-2022 Wayne Reaud Public Interest Scholars (l-r) Courtney Weber ’24 Lourdes Ortiz ’22, and Sally Vandenberg ’23

The Wayne Reaud Public Interest Scholarship covers full tuition and fees for three years and includes a $6,000 stipend to work with a non-profit legal organization or public defender office in the scholar’s first or second summer.  This prestigious scholarship, inaugurated in spring 2018, is awarded to an entering student with strong academic credentials, demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership abilities, financial need, and an intent to provide legal assistance to under-served individuals or groups following graduation.  The scholar is selected through a competitive process in the spring.

The Wayne Reaud Public Interest 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 clinicspro bonointernships, and other opportunities available to our students as well as where they go after graduation.

The scholarship is endowed by a generous gift from the Reaud Charitable Foundation and is designed to help bring outstanding students interested in public service to Texas Law.

Class of ’24 Scholar:

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

Application Information

Application due: February 7, 2022

Apply by midnight CST Monday, February 7, 2022. In addition, please submit a FAFSA by February 7, 2022, if you are eligible to submit one.

The class of 2025 Reaud Scholar is expected to actively participate on the Justice Center Student Advisory Board, to sign and fulfill the Pro Bono Pledge, to spend a summer working for at least ten weeks at a public defender office or a nonprofit legal services organization, and to complete at least one clinical course and/or internship prior to graduation. The Reaud Scholar will sign an agreement committing to these terms each August, before receiving the scholarship for the coming year. Each agreement will set yearly benchmarks for completing the requirements. The renewal of the scholarship in subsequent years is contingent on the recipient satisfying the prior year’s scholarship agreement.

All application materials must be submitted via the online application form. Please direct any questions about the status of your scholarship application to the Admissions Office:  admissions@law.utexas.edu

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