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Toll Public Interest Fellows Program & Scholarship

The Toll Public Interest Fellows Program is made possible through a generous donation from Bob and Jane Toll. The Fellows Program reinforces Penn Law’s commitment to service by increasing substantive programming and financial support for students pursuing public interest careers. The Fellows program has several objectives:

  • Strengthen the existing public interest community at Penn Law by deepening student, staff, and faculty relationships
  • Develop students as service-oriented leaders by providing them with challenging new ways to think about and engage with the causes and communities they care about most 
  •  Invite students to cultivate the kind of radical self-awareness necessary for truly impactful, empathy-driven advocacy, activism, and service
  • Ease the financial burden of law school by providing partial tuition scholarships and funded public interest summer employment

Fellow Responsibilities

  • Be an active member of a community dedicated to the personal and professional growth and support of public interest-minded students
  • Participate in all Toll Fellow activities, including monthly meetings, learning modules, retreats, service days, and Service Corps gatherings
  • Successfully complete the course Power, Injustice, and Social Change in America in the fall of 2L and the Service Corps capstone course in the spring of 3L
  • Desire to increase self-awareness and receive feedback from peers, staff, and faculty
  • Act as an ambassador of the Fellows Program, the Service Corps, TPIC, and Penn Law
  • Obtain and maintain eligible public interest summer employment during law school
  • Obtain and maintain eligible public interest employment for a minimum of two years immediately following law school or a clerkship

Scholarship Information

Toll Fellows receive a tuition scholarship of $20,000 per year for their second and third years of law school or, depending on other funding received, up to the cost of tuition and fees, as well as a generous stipend to fund unpaid public-sector internships for the summer bridging 2L and 3L. The estimated financial value of the Toll Public Interest Fellows Program is $48,000. Toll Fellows must participate fully in the program’s curriculum, be active in the public interest community, remain enrolled at Penn Law, stay in good academic standing, and commit to working in public interest for at least two years upon graduation. Adherence to these conditions is required to remain in the program. 

Application Process

Perspective Toll Fellows will apply to the program during the summer following their 1L year. Those selected for the program will become Toll Fellows for their second and third years of law school.

Current Fellows