Wayne Reaud Public Interest Scholarship

2019 – 2020 Wayne Reaud Public Interest Scholars (l-r) Jill Applegate ’21, and Lourdes Ortiz ’22

The Wayne Reaud Public Interest Scholarship covers full tuition and fees for three years and includes a $6,000 stipend for public interest legal work during one 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 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 ’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 class of 2023 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 (clinic 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.

Recipients

2019

Photo of Lulu Ortiz
Lourdes Ortiz

2018

Jill Applegate
Jill Applegate

Other opportunities: