The Public Interest Law Scholars Program
The Public Interest Law Scholars (PILS) program provides financial, professional and academic support to law students dedicated to practicing law in the public interest. In addition to partial tuition scholarships, the program offers summer stipends through the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS). Scholars are matched with faculty advisors and attorney mentors who practice in their field of interest. This competitive program selects eight Public Interest Law Scholars from each class of admitted students. Both full-time and part-time admitted students are eligible for selection.
PILS applicants should apply for PILS at the same time that they are applying for admission into the J.D. Program, but may apply no later than February 15th. Because the selection committee endeavors to make its final decisions by late March, and considers only admitted applicants, the applications of students admitted after the February 15th deadline may not be considered.
Applicants seeking selection as a Public Interest Law Scholar must submit the following:
Public Interest Law Scholars (PILS) Application.
- PILS applicants should apply for PILS at the same time that they are applying for admission into the J.D. Program by answering "Yes" to "Are you applying to the Public Interest Law Scholars program (PILS)?" on the electronic J.D. application. The paper Public Interest Law Scholars (PILS) Application should only be submitted if you did not apply when completing your online Early Decision or Regular Decision application for admission to Georgetown Law.
- The Office of Admissions will provide a copy of your Early Decision or Regular Decision application for admission to the PILS Selection Committee.
- Please submit an additional essay (approximately 750 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your commitment to public interest which includes your future goals and your previous public interest work. This may be uploaded with your other application materials.
One letter of recommendation that speaks to your commitment to public interest.
- Please submit one letter of recommendation with your other application materials to email@example.com. Alternatively, you may submit the letter of recommendation with your other application materials to the Office of Admissions.
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