Public Service

Planting Seeds

For more than 60 years, the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program has been nurturing a community and encriching a school that sends passionate public interest lawyers into the world.
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Fostering Justice

Inspired by her own parents' service to the city of New York, Karen Freedman '80 founded Lawyers For Children, a formidable organization that has respresented some 50,000 children in court over the course of three decades.
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Capital Ideas

With the new Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic and government-focused events, Washington Square extends to Washington, DC. Read more

Turning Detroit Around

With the future of the Motor City on the table, seven students and their professor reimagine the structure of its municipal government.
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Serving the Public

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx ’96 delivers an insightful and inspiring Frank J. Guarini Government Lecture on public service. Read more


Leading by Example

Professor Alina Das '05, co-teacher of the Immigrants Rights Clinic, receives a teaching award and sees her scholarship and the work of the clinic cited by the Supreme Court. Read more


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 new 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.

For Prospective Students

The Law School offers a robust LRAP program, many scholarships, and a wide range of public interest courses, and is home to 29 centers.

For Current Students 

There are more than 30 public interest student organizations at NYU Law. PILC Summer Grants guarantee funding for public interest work for 1Ls and 2Ls.

For Alumni

NYU offers unparalleled support for graduates, from an active Career Services department and Judicial Clerkship Office to CLE events year-round.

Public Interest News in Brief

New Scholarship

Announcing the Furman Public Policy Scholarship, 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.

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Rebecca Sheff '15 on Public Service at NYU Law

Summer Funding Grants

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.