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Summer Scholarships

Each year, the Center for Public Interest Law awards summer scholarships that enable dozens of students to take unpaid public interest jobs that provide valuable experiences and skill that will help with their job search. CPIL administers the following summer funding opportunities for students through a unified application process during the beginning of the spring semester:

Helen M. Cirese Fellowship
The family of Helen M. Cirese family created this summer scholarship for a student who is working in public interest law and has demonstrated high academic achievement, a commitment to public service and issues that impact women.

Cudahy Fellowships
The Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund, a foundation which supports social service, youth and educational organizations, has awarded several summer fellowships to students choosing to work during the summer after their first year at a public interest agency.

Pusateri Fellowship
The Pusateri Fellowship is part of a larger grant to the College of Law by the family of late DePaul alumnus Justice Lawrence X. Pusateri ('53). The fellowship is dedicated to facilitating public service work by DePaul law students.

Vincentian Summer Fellowships
The DePaul University Division of Mission & Ministry has created two scholarships for students who are committed to public interest work and to learning more about the life and legacy of St. Vincent de Paul. These scholarships are only available for students who work for non-profit organizations.

Daniel P. Coman Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Coman scholarship was created to support a student with demonstrated academic excellence and demonstrated commitment to public service.

For more information about how to apply for a summer scholarship, contact Shaye Loughlin at

Public Interest Law Association Scholarship
Each year, DePaul's student-run Public Interest Law Association (PILA) leads a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for summer scholarships to support students interested in working in public interest law for the summer. Scholarships enable students to work at nonprofit legal organizations.  These funds are awarded through the Center for Public Interest Law summer scholarship application process in the spring of each year.