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Public Interest

TPIC Belmont

Toll Public Interest Center

The Law School’s approach to legal education has always been anchored in its unwavering commitment to service. That commitment is evident in the work of the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC), the Law School’s heart of public interest and pro bono. 

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Pro Bono 

Through its oversight of the pro bono program, TPIC has the opportunity to work with all law students. The Law School offers a broad array of pro bono opportunities that focus on impactful service and professional skill development. 

Public Interest

TPIC oversees the Toll Public Service Corps, which houses the Toll Public Interest Scholars & Fellows Programs. The Service Corps offers tailored programming for Toll Scholars & Fellows and administers the associated scholarships. 

Training and Events

From the Edward V. Sparer Symposium, to Public Interest Week, to the Public Interest Overnight Retreat - and much, much more - TPIC works hard to provide service-minded students with timely, relevant opportunities to build knowledge & skills while also fostering community and furthering conversations about the most important issues of our time. 

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Conversations about Justice

Tune in to hear a variety of individuals share their unique experiences in the broad field of public interest. Check out the podcast via the links below.

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Government

As part of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s historic commitment to public service, the Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative prepares students and alumni to be leaders in the government and policymaking arenas. Through the initiative, which launched thanks to the generous gift of the Leo Model Foundation, students and faculty engage with some of the most pressing government and public policies issues of the day.

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Financial Support for Public Interest

Learn more about financing and support for public service opportunities at the Law School.

Public Interest Careers

Visit the Law School’s Office of Career Strategy to learn about careers in the public sector. 

Alumni Stories

Public interest fellows to advocate for civil and criminal justice worldwide

Upon graduation, eighteen 2021 graduates will pursue important and diverse public interest work with the support of prestigious fellowship funding.

Fellowship experience: Haley Pritchard L’20

Haley Pritchard L’20 is a Langer, Grogan, & Diver Legal Fellow with the Pennsylvania ACLU.

Pathways to the Profession: Sadé Stevens L’23

Sadé Stevens L’23 is interning with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Fellowship experience: Sabrina Merold L’20

Sabrina Merold L’20 is a Penn Law Public Interest Fellow with the Federal Policy and Advocacy Team at the Center for Reproductive Rights.