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Funding for Public Law Program Students

Public Interest Scholarship

The Public Interest Scholarship program expands the Kline School of Law's long-standing commitment to pro bono service and legal practice by financially supporting qualified students committed to the public good. The program is limited to up to five students each calendar year. Scholarships are potentially as large as full tuition.

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Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

The Kline School of law is one of only four law schools that offers returning Peace Corp Volunteers an opportunity to apply for a coveted Coverdell Fellowship.  The fellowship offers 75% tuition assistance, mentorship, and service opportunities.

Kline School of Law’s co-op, clinic and pro bono service programs provide an uncommonly rich variety of opportunities that allow returned Peace Corps volunteers to gain firsthand experience advocating for vulnerable members of society. The Kline School of Law has over 200 co-op program partners including the Homeless Advocacy Project, Community Legal Services, Nationalities Service Center, Regional Housing Legal Services, the SeniorLAWCenter, and Women Against Abuse Legal Center.  The law school also offers clinic placements with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, which represents indigent criminal defendants, and the Family Law Unit of Philadelphia Legal Assistance, which represents victims of family violence.

The Kline School of Law offers joint degrees in public health, public policy and more. 

To apply, be sure to check the “Peace Corp” box and attach a Description of Service (DOS) provided by the Peace Corp as an addendum to your application. For more information, visit our How to Apply page.

Teach for America

The law school also offers merit based scholarships for individuals that served in Teach for America.

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Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The purpose of our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is to assist and support our graduates who pursue careers in the public interest. This program acknowledges that indebtedness poses a significant obstacle to our students interested in public service careers and demonstrates our action in addressing this urgent problem. Given the rising cost of higher education and the accompanying debt burden, a career in the public interest is often not feasible without financial assistance. We created the LRAP as a way to provide our graduates with the option of considering work in lower paying public interest or public service positions by reducing some of the financial barriers that may prevent them from following this career path.

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Public Interest Experience Prizes

Public Interest Experience (PIE) Prizes provide stipends to our students who are taking unpaid, summer public interest positions. These students must demonstrate their commitment to the public interest and intend to pursue a public interest career after law school. The purpose of the prize is to offset the costs of living for students who incur significant financial burden by taking an unpaid position for the summer. The Public Interest Experience Prizes Board (PIE Prizes Board) hopes students will gain invaluable experience, skills, contacts, and insight to further enable them to find employment after law school in the competitive practice of public interest law. Both 1L and 2L students are eligible to apply.

Each year, the law school hosts the Public Interest Experience Auction, an auction for our students who take unpaid summer jobs with public interest organizations. Prizes funded by our auction help our students make a crucial difference in their communities.

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Work Study

Summer Work Study awards are available to eligible students. Summer work study can be utilized to fund summer internships with public interest and government agencies.

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Other Funding Resources

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps

Equal Justice America