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.
Applicants should apply for the PILS program at the same time that they are applying for admission into the J.D. Program and should apply prior to March 1 for best consideration. Because the selection committee endeavors to make its final decisions by late March and considers admitted applicants only, applicants who are admitted to the J.D. Program and have submitted a complete PILS application by March 1 to receive the strongest consideration for the PILS program. After March 1, additional applications to the PILS program will be considered by the PILS Committee on a space-available basis.
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.
Applicants seeking selection as a Public Interest Law Scholar must submit the following email to email@example.com:
(1) an additional letter of recommendation that speaks to your commitment to public interest, labeled "PILS Letter of Recommendation." The letter of recommendation should be on letterhead and emailed by the recommender from his/her institutional email address.
(2) an additional essay (approximately 750 words) separate from your personal statement that speaks to your commitment to public interest which includes your future goals and your previous public interest work, labeled "PILS Essay."
All PILS Application materials must include your name and LSAC Account number at the top of each page of submission. Please note, if these additional required documents were submitted to LSAC along with the original application, the applicant must also have them emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in order for them to be considered along with their PILS application.
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