Public Interest Law Scholars Program


PILS has long been an integral part of the Law Center's public interest community, helping to launch the public interest legal careers of hundreds of Georgetown Law graduates since its founding in 1988. PILS offers up to full tuition scholarships to a select group of students each year. PILS students 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 PILS 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 PILS. The PILS Selection Committee will review these applications and choose a number of semi-finalists to be interviewed via Skype by the PILS Director and current PILS members. Final selections will be made beginning in late February or early March. 

Accepting: PILS offerees will have until April 13 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. 

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