Public Interest Fellowships

The Public Interest Fellowship Program offers financial resources, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities to part-time and full-time students with strong academic credentials, a demonstrated record of community service, and a clear commitment to public interest work after graduation from law school.

Three broad principles underlie the Fellows Program: Community, Development, and Reflection.

Community: The Public Interest Fellowship Program offers its Fellows the opportunity to become part of a community of students, faculty, and advocates. The Program will bring this community together through seminars, reading groups, informal meetings and gatherings, conversation with public leaders in Nevada, activities in the Public Interest Law Association and similar organizations, and opportunities for the Fellows to present to faculty and other students.

Development: The law school will create opportunities and structures to support the Fellows throughout law school and to further develop their interests and leadership potential.

Reflection: Fellows will be expected to work at least one summer during law school for an organization that promotes the mission of public interest work. Fellows may select from a wide variety of opportunities, including state and federal legislatures, and offices of government and non-profit legal agencies. 

Prospective Students

Prospective students must apply by March 15. Fellows are awarded:

  • A one-half tuition scholarship for one year, renewable at one-half resident tuition in subsequent years, provided the Fellow remains in good academic standing. Fellows remain eligible for additional merit-based scholarship awards from the admissions committee.
  • Up to two $5,000 stipends in their second, third, or fourth years to support the Fellow in summer public interest employment. Stipends are in addition to salary received from a public interest employer.
  • Reasonable expenses to attend one public interest conference in the United States while the Fellow is a J.D. candidate.

Complete the application form.

Contact

Brian Wall, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Cameron Lue Sang, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Current Students

Current students must apply by April 15. Fellows are awarded:

  • If the Fellow is not already receiving a scholarship or is receiving less than a half-tuition scholarship, the Fellow will receive a total of a one-half resident tuition scholarship for his or her remaining years as a Public Interest Fellow. Fellows who are already receiving a one-half resident tuition scholarship or greater will not receive additional scholarship money.
  • One $5,000 stipend for full-time students for public interest employment the summer between the student’s second and third years. Part-time students may receive up to two $5,000 stipends for public interest employment the summers between second and third years and third and fourth years. Stipends are in addition to salary received from a public interest employer.
  • Reasonable expenses to attend one public interest conference in the United States while the Fellow is a J.D. candidate.

Complete the application form.

Contact

Christine Smith, Associate Dean for Public Service, Compliance and Administration
Nikki Harris, Associate Director of Career Development and Public Interest Advisor