Public Service

Capital Ideas

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

Expert Debate

NYU Law magazine hosts a distinguished group of political advisers and experts from both sides of the aisle for a discussion on polarization, its causes and effects, moderated by Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law Richard Pildes. Read more

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


Honorable Alumna

In her 29 years as a judge, Pauline Newman '58, who was the first woman to be appointed an appellate judge by President Reagan, has helped guide the growth of the technology industry. 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

The Frank J. Guarini Leaders in Government Service Institute provides training for students who aspire to leadership roles in government or organizations that shape public policy. 

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.