Program in Law and Public Service

Program in Law and Public Service

Program in Law and Public Service

The Program in Law and Public Service is designed to offer a select group of students the opportunity to receive intensive and appropriate training that will prepare them for a career in public service. Each year, approximately 25 students will be admitted to the program. Another five slots will be held open for second-year students. Applications are due in the fall.

Program participants will be required to take the course “Law and Public Service” in the spring of their first year of law school. (Students admitted to the program in their second year of law school may take the “Law and Public Service” course in the spring of their second years.) They will also be required to take the course on advocacy skills for public interest lawyers in the spring of their second year of law school. Last, they will be required in their third year to participate in a year-long colloquium in which students will present their independent research. Students in the program will be paired with a faculty mentor with expertise in the substantive area of interest to the participant. The faculty mentors will help students map out their courses, serve as sounding boards for summer and permanent employment, and will oversee an independent study.

Program participants will also be guaranteed summer funding for public service jobs, provided they comply with the prerequisites established by the Public Interest Law Association for summer grants. Participants will be required to spend at least one summer working in the field of public service. Questions should be directed via email to Professor Josh Bowers at bowers@virginia.edu or Professor Anne Coughlin at amc6z@virginia.edu.

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