Public Service

NYU Law has a culture of public service. We offer the most comprehensive public service infrastructure of any law school in the nation. 

The Public Interest Law Center (PILC), founded in 1992, coordinates and promotes NYU Law’s public interest and government service activities—including Public Interest Summer Funding Grants  for all 1Ls and 2Ls doing public interest work—and also offers individual career counseling. PILC’s Public Interest Legal Career Fair is the largest career fair of its kind in the nation. 

The Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program, NYU’s oldest public interest scholarship, was established more than 60 years ago and awards full tuition to 20 scholars selected for their academic merit, leadership potential, and commitment to working in public service. 

The Latinx Rights Scholarship offers full-tuition support to students who intend to pursue careers serving Latinx communities. 

The Furman Public Policy Scholarship Program provides specialized training and advising to selected students pursuing careers in public policy, offering full-tuition support and experience-based opportunities. 

The Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, established in 1958, offers 3L fellowships that facilitate internships with civil liberties and other human rights organizations. 

Our recently enhanced Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP Plus), which helps ease the burden of debt repayment obligations for qualified graduates, is one of the most generous in the nation. 

Public Interest News in Brief

  • Thao Ho
    Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar Tell us about your experience in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. My time as a student advocate in the Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) this past year was so…
  • Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship
    The Grunin Center at NYU School of Law announced on June 6, 2023 the recipient of this year’s Grunin Prize for Law and Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Kaya Lawrence
    Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar Kaya Lawrence ’24Tell us about your experience in the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic. (CDRC) CDRC has been one of the most valuable experiences of my…
  • Vanessa Holman
    Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar Vanessa Holman ’24Tell us about your experience in the Racial Justice Clinic. We studied the complexities of racial dynamics as they relate to…