Georgetown Law is pleased to announce that the Public Interest Law Scholars (PILS) Program has been renamed the Blume Public Interest Scholars (Blume Scholars) Program. The exciting change is due to a $10 million naming gift from 1980 law alumnus Bruce Blume and his wife, Ann, which will also establish a new Blume Public Leadership Institute. The Institute will be dedicated to supporting and training the next generation of Georgetown Law public servants.

The Blume Scholarship Program, founded as the Public Interest Law Scholars Program in 1988, is an integral part of the Law Center’s public interest community and has helped launch the public interest legal careers of hundreds of Georgetown Law graduates. The program offers full tuition scholarships to a select group of students each year. Blume Scholars also receive a faculty advisor and public interest attorney mentor, are automatically enrolled in our Public Interest Fellows (PIF) program, and participate in a number of events throughout the year.

Application and Selection

There is no general Blume Scholars application. Rather, admitted applicants with extensive public service experience and a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a public interest legal career will be invited to submit a brief application detailing their interest in becoming a Blume Scholar. The Selection Committee will review the applications and choose a number of semi-finalists to be interviewed via Skype by the Director and current Blume Scholars. Final selections will be made beginning in late February or early March.


Blume Scholar offerees will have until April 12 to accept the scholarship. Extensions will not be given, but those who wish to remain in consideration will be placed at the top of the waitlist and reconsidered as openings arise. Questions? Please email, and someone will respond within 48 hours.