Public Interest Law Scholarship Program
The Public Interest Scholarship program expands our long-standing commitment to pro bono service and legal practice by financially supporting qualified students committed to the public good.
Since it opened its doors, the Kline School of Law has viewed public interest law and lawyering as a key component of its mission. We have built strong partnerships with the Philadelphia public interest community as well as governmental law offices such as the District Attorney, the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Federal Defender. We have also cultivated relationships in the surrounding counties and with state offices like the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in Harrisburg. We’ve forged ties with agencies like the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in South Jersey and the Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Unit.
Our robust Pro Bono program is a national model, permitting students to become Certified Legal Interns who take on direct client representation under close supervision by experienced public interest attorneys. We also have our signature Co-op program, with co-op placements available at every kind of agency and organization that practices public interest law.
We offer four year-long clinics that provide additional exposure to public interest legal practice, and our Justice Lawyering Seminar brings students involved with the clinics together to address issues such as engaging clients and cross-cultural lawyering to access to justice.
Because we invest greatly into training and supervising students and offer public interest programing across the curriculum, students get uncommon opportunities to represent actual clients.
About the Program
Public Interest Scholars will receive:
- A personal public interest lawyer mentor
- An invitation to participate in a Public Interest Colloquium and other special events
- Selection priority for co-ops and clinics
- Public Interest research opportunities.
This special program is limited to up to five students each calendar year, who will be selected by a faculty committee. Scholarships are potentially as large as full tuition.
While there is no deadline to apply, we recommend submitting your Public Interest Scholarship application within a week of submitting your application for admission to the Kline School of Law.