A Culture of Public Service

NYU offers the most comprehensive public service infrastructure of any law school in the nation

Public Interest Summer Funding Grants guarantee funding for 1Ls and 2Ls who work in public interest and government positions.

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program encourages qualified students to pursue careers in public service by paying their debt burden in part or in full. 

The Root-Tilden-Kern Program, the nation’s premier public service scholarship, and the new Furman Public Policy Scholarship are just two of several public interest scholarship programs

Our Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic lets students spend a semester in Washington, DC, dividing their time between fieldwork in a government agency and classroom study.

Public Interest News in Brief

  • Portrait of Elie Hirschfeld '77
    NYU School of Law’s Family Defense Clinic (FDC), which seeks to protect and expand due process rights of families involved with the child welfare system, has received a generous gift from Elie...
  • Deborah Archer
    Deborah Archer recalls that when she was eight years old, someone spray-painted “KKK” on the garage of her family’s Windsor, Connecticut home. Archer, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, says it...
  • Emily Goldberg '01 headshot
    Once again, lawyers are on the front lines of the battles over US immigration policy. This summer, when a new Trump administration policy led to between 2,500 and 3,000 children being separated from...
  • Bryan Stevenson
    On August 4, Professor of Clinical Law Bryan Stevenson received the American Bar Association’s highest honor, the ABA Medal, during the organization’s annual meeting. “We are proud to add Bryan...

Public Interest Centers

Furman Public Policy Scholarship

The Furman Public Policy Scholarship, an innovative, challenging and experience-based program, is designed to train and support selected top students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public policy sector.

Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program

The Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program awards fellowships to a small group of third-year students committed to civil liberties and offers them special internships in civil liberties and other human rights organizations. The program has launched the careers of hundreds of important public interest lawyers.