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Commitment to Public Service

We are deeply committed to lawyering in the public interest and to instilling a service ethic in our students, encouraging public interest careers with scholarships, guaranteed summer funding, and generously funded loan forgiveness and fellowships for postgraduate work.

As the first national law school to establish a mandatory pro bono requirement, our dedication to public service is unsurpassed. Our goal is to inspire Penn Law students with a life-long commitment to pro bono and public service legal work as part of their careers in whatever fields they pursue.

Students routinely exceed the 70-hour pro bono requirement. In fact, 92% of the Class of 2013 performed more than the required 70 hours of pro bono service.

Setting the Standard for Pro Bono Legal Service

  • First law school to win the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award.

  • Each year hundreds of students are placed with nonprofit public-interest organizations and perform public service in government agencies.

  • The Center’s fellowships enable students to launch public-interest careers immediately after finishing law school.

  • Students interest is so high that they have established more than 20 student run pro-bono projects — and this number continues to increase.  

Funding

We stand behind our commitment by offering guaranteed 1L summer funding for  students pursuing public interest positions. Our  Toll Public Interest Scholars Program provides tuition assistance to select students seeking academic training and practical experience in public interest law. And we offer a generous loan repayment plan for our graduates pursuing public interest and public service careers via TollRAP (Toll Loan Repayment Assistance Program.)  

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