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New Partnership Offers Options for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

New Partnership Offers Options for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

In April, Drexel Law became a partner with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, providing financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is excited to extend this opportunity to returned volunteers in partnership with Drexel University School of Law to support continued public service and education,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “The Coverdell Fellows Program gives returned volunteers the chance to build on their classroom experience by sharing their unique knowledge and skills with local organizations in need.”

Eligible former Peace Corps volunteers will receive a 75 percent discount in tuition at Drexel Law, which is just the second law school in the U.S. and the first school at Drexel University to offer such fellowships.

The fellowship program began in 1985 at Teachers College of Columbia University.  More than 80 institutions nationwide take part.

At Drexel Law, the program will attract students who are dedicated to public interest work and have gained experience working internationally.

 “I can’t think of a better partnership,” Dean Roger Dennis said. “Returned Peace Corps volunteers already have demonstrated tremendous commitment to community service that will enable them to work as very effective attorneys. Drexel 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.”

Fellows will complete co-op or clinic placements that benefit underserved populations.