The Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law aims to positively effect change in our nation’s Latino communities. Through rigorous academic curriculum, challenging clinical work, and contributions to scholarship on issues of importance to the Latino community, the institute trains and supports community advocates who will champion human rights in Latino communities.
In support of this mission, the institute provides two (2) full-tuition scholarships 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 share in the institute's passion for academic achievement and community outreach. In turn, scholarship recipients are provided with cutting-edge skills, hands-on training, and high-caliber vocational resources, along with the opportunity to participate in a variety of community forums, workshops, and conferences.
The Latino Institute for Human Rights 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 are given the opportunity to work at the Storefront, or the institute will assist scholars 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.