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Award Details

Grants of up to $600 per student will be awarded three times during the year for students travelling for postgraduate fellowships and job interviews with public interest employers as decided by a committee of student services administrators. If initial applications come from low or moderate need applicants, the committee may defer ruling on those applications until later in the year after assessing the whole pool of applicants. If there are enough funds remaining to distribute in the last cycle, students may be considered for a larger amount; students will need to retain their receipts.

Priority will be considered based upon the applicant’s need.

  • High = need-based  HLS grant recipient
  • Moderate = not eligible for need-based HLS grant, but substantial loan debt
  • Low/No = not on aid or little/no loan debt

Students are encouraged to ask first whether the employer would consider a Skype or teleconference interview if asked to interview in person. OPIA is happy to help you book the teleconference room we share with OCS, and the Dean of Students Office also has facilities they can offer.

To Apply

To be considered for a stipend, students must submit the completed 3L Public Interest Interview Fund Application & Reimbursement Form along with travel receipts to OPIA, WCC 4039, by the following dates:

  • Students are encouraged to submit materials by November 1, but materials submitted by November 16 will be considered
  • February 15
  • April 16

This fund is part of previous initiatives designed to alleviate job search pressures for students of modest means, including LIPP-eligible loans for clerkship interview expenses and professional attire and low cost or free bar review courses for those not being funded by their employer.

Questions should be directed to Alexa Shabecoff in OPIA.