The Furman Public Policy Scholarship Program is an innovative and experience-based program designed to train and support top students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public policy sector. The program emphasizes individualized academic planning and advising. Faculty and administration work closely with students to secure placements for their 1L and 2L summers, giving students the opportunity to engage in public policy issues at local, state, national, and international levels. Students also receive support in securing their post-graduate career placement, and each scholar is paired with a faculty mentor.
Scholars will be expected to participate in regular public-policy oriented discussion sessions during the year and also in a half-semester seminar focused on transforming policy proposals into shorter works (such as op-eds) that are geared towards policymakers, thought leaders, and the press.  Scholars are also guaranteed placement in the Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic in DC during their 3L year.

Key Features of the Program

  • 1L summer: Furman Public Policy Scholars will have NYU Law School-funded public policy internships. 
  • Special 2L seminar: The second year features a seminar designed to teach students how to think and write like policy makers. The seminar is a year-long intensive writing seminar exploring the economic, philosophical, and political considerations relevant when designing social policies implemented, in whole or in part, through the federal tax and transfer systems.
  • 3L semester in DC: All Furman Public Policy Scholars have the opportunity to spend a semester of their third year in Washington, DC, either in NYU Law's new Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic, co-taught by Robert Bauer and Sally Katzen, or in another governmental capacity. For certain students, the 3L semester may be an opportunity to work on a political campaign or initiative, with faculty supervision.

Focus on Advising

The program emphasizes individualized academic planning and advising. Each scholar works closely with a faculty adviser in his or her specific policy field. These advisers review and approve the scholars' academic plans, and assist scholars with their internship plans.