Benefits and Obligations
Benefits of PILS
- Each scholar receives a scholarship worth up to one third of annual tuition.
- Scholars are each assigned a faculty advisor, whom they meet with several times a year to discuss curriculum choices, career options, and other topics.
- Scholars are also assigned a public interest mentor who is a prominent public interest lawyer in the Washington D.C. area that is available for advice, guidance, and informal conversation throughout the Scholars' law school tenures. Often, mentors invite Scholars to their workplaces to observe first-hand the world of public interest law.
- Each Scholar receives a stipend for one summer of public interest employment. The stipends allow Scholars to work in unpaid internship positions at non-profit or government institutions around the country and the world.
- Each year, the Program hosts several lunches and dinners at which Scholars discuss public interest law topics with faculty members and outside speakers.
Obligations of PILS
- Each scholar makes a moral commitment to spend at least half of his or her career in public interest law or to donate to the Law Center an amount at least equal to the scholarship.
- PILS scholars must maintain a "B" average and participate in Program activities to remain eligible for the scholarship.
- Scholars must engage in uncompensated public service each year.
- Each Scholar must comply with the academic course requirements as established by the PILS committee.
"Thanks to PILS, I had help paying for law school, which allowed me to really focus on classwork and internships. The financial support cannot be understated -- this program helps to nurture students that would not have had access to a higher education." - Lucy Panza, PILS Alumni 2011