Santa Clara University School of Law has long been committed to supporting students who are pursuing a career in the fields of public interest and social justice.

This support includes a curriculum rich in courses and clinical programs that educate students about the use of law and the legal system to assist marginalized, subordinated, or underrepresented clients and causes. In addition, the School of Law has made a financial commitment to public interest and social justice scholars.

Each year, five entering students are selected to receive $10,000 Public Interest and Social Justice Scholarships. These scholarships supplement any existing scholarships awarded to incoming students. These scholarships are renewable, for a potential total award of $30,000 per student.* The selection committee evaluates applicants primarily based on their demonstrated past and future commitment to public interest and social justice as well as academic achievement and financial need.

If you wish to be considered for a Public Interest and Social Justice Scholarship, please complete the application below and submit it along with the required supplemental statement and a copy of your current resume. Applications must be received no later than May 1, 2019. Applications received after the due date will not be considered.

If you are eligible to receive federal financial aid, you must also file a FAFSA. Students who are ineligible for federal financial aid are eligible for this scholarship. We will notify this year’s Public Interest Scholarship recipients in mid-June.

*Total SCU-awarded scholarships may not exceed full tuition.

 

2019 Public Interest and Social Justice Law Scholarship Application

  • Please submit this form and in addition to the information above, please include the following:

  • Attach a separate, typewritten statement outlining your qualifications for a Public Interest and Social Justice Scholarship. You should briefly describe your community or public service activities and career objectives.

  • Please provide a copy of your current resume, highlighting your experience in the areas of public interest and social justice.