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 should apply prior to February 15th for best consideration. 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.
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 (coming soon!) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
(1) an additional letter of recommendation that speaks to your commitment to public interest, labeled "PILS Letter of Recommendation." Emailed letters of recommendation should come from an institutional email address on letterhead.
(2) an additional essay (approximately 750 words) 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.
Want More Information?
Please click here for the PILS website.