The Latino Rights Scholars Program brings together recipients and alumni of the Latino Rights Scholarship at NYU Law School. Each year, the program awards two (2) full-tuition scholarships to incoming students on the basis of academic excellence, commitment to community service, and interest in pursuing a career that promotes justice for the Latino community. The scholars are selected in a competitive process based on academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to public service, and leadership ability. Applicants must have a passion for academic achievement and community outreach. In turn, scholarship recipients are provided with support and mentorship, along with the opportunity to lead and design a variety of community forums, workshops, and conferences on cutting-edge social justice issues affecting the Latino community.
The scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in public service law. Scholars must spend one summer (and are strongly encouraged to spend two summers) at a public interest organization. Scholars must spend two years post-graduation (or at the completion of a judicial clerkship) in public interest work. Scholarship recipients must work at organizations that meet the legal needs of the Latino community. Scholars will receive assistance in finding organizations that meet the parameters of this agreement. If a recipient fails to honor this post-graduate commitment, he or she must repay the scholarship.