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Public Interest Scholars

Building upon USC Gould's longstanding tradition of legal service in the public interest, our public interest scholarships honor the commitment of our students who are dedicated to serving the public interest. The benefits of selection as a Public Interest Scholar include:

  • special merit-based scholarships
  • access to Public Interest Law certificate mentorship opportunities
  • guaranteed summer employment at public service organizations the summer following your first year of law school
  • a stipend to support your summer employment
  • future opportunities to mentor subsequent groups of Public Interest Scholars

Scholars are selected on the basis of merit and demonstrated commitment to public interest work. Selection criteria include strong academic indicators (LSAT score and undergraduate cumulative GPA) and significant achievements in the fields of public interest work or government service. The committee will give priority to applicants with a history of full-time nonprofit or public interest focused work. For timely consideration in selection as a Public Interest Scholar, please submit your application by the priority deadline of February 1st.

If chosen, you will be notified prior to the seat deposit deadline. Scholars will be expected to perform 25 pro bono hours each year and participate in certain programming, such as nonprofit career fairs.