The Jacobson Public Service Scholarship for Women, Children, and Families pays full tuition each year for a student of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential who demonstrates a strong commitment to providing direct legal services or doing policy work on behalf of women, children, and families (such as on issues of immigration, custody, domestic violence, parental rights, foster care, and health care) and promises to pursue such work in the United States for at least three years. This obligation begins upon graduation from the Law School or, if the scholar is hired as a judicial clerk, upon completion of his or her clerkship(s). If the scholar fails to live up to this commitment, the scholar has a moral obligation to repay the scholarship.
This scholarship is administered as part of the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program. Jacobson Scholars are selected as part of the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship selection process and participate in all program activities including the first-year orientation and monthly dinners. For more information please review the Root-Tilden-Kern program description and see how to apply.
Alumni of the scholarship work in such varied organizations as the Bronx Defenders, the ACLU, Covenant House, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. To see the list of the current scholars, please see the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholars’ bios.