Fund Your Passion for Social Justice
Check out a range of funding resources available at the law school for prospective, current, and former students who are exploring or committed to a career in public interest. Not sure where to go for help? Talk to ATJI!
For Prospective Students
The School of Law offers two Scholars for Justice Scholarships each year, which allow students who have proven their dedication to public interest to earn their degrees without incurring the debt that is often an obstacle in choosing such a career. These Scholars make a commitment to devote much of their careers to public interest law or to donate to the law school's scholarship fund an amount at least equal to the scholarship should their career path change. The Access to Justice Institute supports these Scholars by facilitating mentorship, networking opportunities, and leadership development programming. For more information about the Scholars for Justice Scholarship, click here.
For Current Students
- Public Interest Law Foundation Summer Grants: The Public Interest Law Foundation is a student-led organization committed to increasing awareness of the rewards, challenges, opportunities, and needs in public interest law. PILF engages in a number of fundraising activities to raise money to fund their summer grants program. These summer grants support Seattle University law students who work in summer public interest internships that offer little or no pay. Students contact employers themselves, arrange for potential summer positions, and then apply for grants from PILF. For more information, contact Jennifer Werdell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Public Interest Advising: ATJI staff have a depth and breadth of knowledge about the practice of public interest law and can help facilitate your exploration by connecting you to other students, alumni, and attorneys practicing in the community. Email email@example.com or ATJI Staff directly to make an appointment. The Center for Professional Development is also available to help you understand the job search process, explore career options, and give you the tools and skills you need to locate and secure job opportunities that are a good fit for you.
- PSJD.org: The Public Service Job Directory Resource Center has tips on finding summer and post-graduate funding resources as well as extensive lists of available funding sources, either generally available or for work within specific geographic regions.
- AmeriCorps JD: Receive an educational stipend for 300+ service hours at qualified legal organizations. Note: only some employers and types of legal work qualify.
- Center for Professional Development Resources: Summer and post-graduate resources.
For Graduating Students and Alumni
SU Loan Repayment Assistance: Seattle University School of Law has a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist graduates who choose full time public interest legal careers and are licensed attorneys. For more information, contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Financial Services also has information about federal income-based repayment and public service loan forgiveness programs.
Post-Graduate Fellowships: Since 2009, Seattle University School of Law has offered Social Justice Post-Graduate Fellowships to SU law graduates, providing opportunities for new lawyers to work shoulder-to-shoulder with underserved and disadvantaged populations, or in other endeavors that promote social justice.
Low Bono and Solo Initiative and Low Bono Incubator Program: In 2013, the School of Law launched a Low Bono and Solo Initiative to assist alumni in starting their own solo practices or small firms, including those setting up their own practices with the intent of serving the moderate means client community.
Ask Heather Jarvis: Resources and advice from a national student loan expert.
Equal Justice Works: National organization providing post-graduate public interest job opportunities as well as debt relief information.
PSJD.org: Information on financing a public interest/public sector career, suggestions for non-fellowship funding sources, and database of jobs and fellowships.
Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Student Debt: Free e-book from Equal Justice Works for lawyers and law students on managing student debt.