Students with outstanding academic records and a strong commitment to
public service should consider applying to be a Public Interest Honors
Scholar. Honors Scholars join a dedicated team of likeminded students
and will benefit from the strength of the CPIL network for their entire
law school experience. Honors Scholars are matched with public interest
faculty members for advising on course selection and career development
and receive preference for summer funding.
Admission to the Honors Scholars Program is based on public
interest experience and commitment as well as academic criteria.
Students should apply for admission to the Honors Scholars Program at
the beginning of their first year, but a small number of spaces are
reserved for exceptional second year students. Please contact Shaye
Loughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Honors Scholars Program application and deadlines.
Students admitted to the Honors Scholars Program must meet these requirements:
- Enroll and complete the Public Interest core course
during fall of second year. This course includes a commitment to work
three Saturday morning shifts at the Neighborhood Legal Assistance
- Complete the regular public interest law certificate requirements.
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Engage in public interest / academic work during 1L and 2L summers.
- Hold a leadership post in public interest
organization, including the CPIL Committee, the Public Interest Law
Association, the Journal for Social Justice, the National Lawyers Guild,
the American Constitution Society, etc.
- Attend at public interest events on a regular basis.