The Furman Public Policy Scholarship Program is an innovative, challenging and experience-based program designed to train and support selected top students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public policy sector. Furman Public Policy Scholars are provided full-tuition scholarships for three years of Law School study leading to the J.D. degree. The four pillars of the program are substantive competency, experiential learning, values, and mentorship.
Key Features of the Program
- 1L summer: Furman Public Policy Scholars will have 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 a policy maker. The seminar includes a partnership with an outside policy institution.
- 3L semester in D.C.: All Furman Public Policy Scholars spend a semester of their third year in Washington, D.C., and are guaranteed placement in NYU Law's new Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic, co-taught by Robert Bauer and Sally Katzen.
- Students are also guaranteed placement in the Guarini Seminar, a 3L professional responsibility course centered on public policy lawyering, with structured reflection on questions of integrity and ethics in public service. Students will have the opportunity to meet public interest leaders willing to speak candidly about ethical dilemmas they have faced over the course of their careers.
- All scholars are required to complete at least two different public policy engagements during their time at NYU (at the local, national, or international level, and in the executive or legislative branch).
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.
Career Advancement and Mentorship
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 public policy alumnus for a formal mentorship.
Criteria for Selection
- Academic excellence;
- Commitment to public policy work (shown through campus activism, related internships, relevant research or thesis topics, and through the required application essay);
- Demonstrated leadership ability;
- Diversity of public policy interests and background experience and knowledge.
Applications from prospective students are currently being accepted. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, the NYU School of Law will choose at least two Furman Public Policy Scholarships each year from qualifying entering first year students. An additional student will be selected at the end of the 1L year.
Applicants for the Furman Public Policy Scholarship are required to submit an additional essay (no more than 500 words) with the J.D. application. The essay should explain why they wish to pursue a career in public policy.