Public Interest Scholars Program

Dickinson Law is pleased to announce the launch of the Public Interest Scholars program. Recognizing a long history of public interest service by Dickinson Law students and alumni, this program will identify a few students in each incoming class as Public Interest Scholars. The Scholars will serve as leaders in public interest activities at Dickinson Law and in the community. Beginning in the 2018-2019 application cycle, applicants to Dickinson Law will specifically apply to be Public Interest Scholars. Program benefits, expectations, and qualifications are listed below.

Program Benefits

  • $10,000 per year scholarship (which may be combined with Dickinson Law’s Commonwealth Scholars Grant as well as other institutional need-based and merit aid)
  • Recognition as Public Interest Scholar on Dickinson Law website and marketing materials
  • Guaranteed offer for the Summer IOLTA Fellows Program, which places students at organizations throughout the state which provide direct legal services to vulnerable populations (stipend provided)
  • Individualized public interest career coaching, including introductions to alumni working in public interest, fellowship coaching, resume review, and mock interviews
  • Special opportunities to meet speakers and experts on campus
  • Financial support available to attend public interest-related conferences and events
  • Preferential consideration for annually-awarded post-graduate IOLTA Fellowship
  • Preferential consideration for post-graduate Bridge Fellowships

Scholar Expectations

  • Attend group gatherings once per semester for reflection, discussion, and peer mentoring
  • Complete 10 hours per semester of public-interest related leadership activities, such as:
    • Mentoring incoming/first-year students interested in pursuing public interest law
    • Speaking on student panels for career events or open houses
    • Representing Dickinson law at external events such as local pro bono receptions
    • Serving as pro bono project coordinator
    • Other activities per approval of Assistant Director of the Miller Center


  • High academic achievement
  • Demonstrated record of commitment to a long-term career in public interest
  • Past participation in activities contributing to the promotion of public interest at Dickinson Law (current students only)

To Be Considered

  • Check the appropriate box in section 3.4 of Dickinson Law's online application for admission
  • It is strongly recommended candidates submit the optional supplemental statement specifically highlighting the following:
    • Past leadership in community or public service
    • Sincerely-held long term career goals related to public interest
    • Current public interest programs or opportunities at Dickinson Law of interest to the candidate
  • If selected as a Public Interest Scholar, you will be notified along with the notice of your admission to Dickinson Law