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Public Interest

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Toll Public Interest Center

The Law School’s approach to legal education has always been anchored in its unwavering commitment to service. This commitment is evident in the work of the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC). TPIC is home to the School’s pro bono requirement and to a diverse array of public interest programs and events. 

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Public Interest

TPIC offers the Public Interest Experience (PIE) to all JD and LLM students and oversees the Toll Public Service Corps, which contains the prestigious Toll Public Interest Scholars & Fellows academic scholarships. 

Pro Bono 

As home to 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 Week

Pro Bono & Public Interest Events

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

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Conversations about Justice

Tune in to hear from leading public interest practitioners and activists as they grapple with some of our society’s most pressing challenges and work toward positive change.

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As part of the  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 urgent government and public policy issues.

Learn more about our Government Initiative

Financial Support for PI Students & Alumni

Penn Carey Law works tirelessly to ensure that financial constraints do not act as barriers to public interest careers. In addition to the prestigious Toll Public Interest Scholars & Fellows academic scholarships, the Law School offers extensive summer funding, postgraduate fellowships, loan repayment, and employment support for those dedicated to careers in public interest.

Public Interest Careers

TPIC works in close partnership with the Office of Career Strategy where interested students receive comprehensive support as they navigate their public sector career path. Visit the Office of Career Strategy (OSC) to learn more.

Alumni Stories

Lauren Davis L’21 advocates for safe and healthy housing in Philadelphia through Independence Fellowship

After college, Lauren worked as a paralegal at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, which inspired her to attend law school.

Margaret Zhang L’15 advocates for pregnancy and lactation rights at the Women’s Law Project

Zhang’s own experience of attempting to obtain lactation accommodations to take the bar exam helped inspire her career path.

Pathways to the Profession: Noor Irshaidat L’23

Noor Irshaidat L’23 interned with both Lockton Re and with P.R.I.M.E. Finance in The Hague, the latter through the Global Justice Fellowship.

Equal Justice Works Fellow Kate DiVasto L’21 centers young people’s voices in her advocacy

In May 2021, DiVasto was announced as one of 77 law school graduates selected to serve as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the 2021 Fellowship class.