The Toll Public Interest Fellows Program is made possible through a generous donation from Bob and Jane Toll. Like the Toll Scholars Program, the Toll 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 students’ relationships with peers, faculty & staff, and alumni.
- Develop students as service-oriented leaders by introducing them to new ways to think about and engage with the causes and communities they care about most.
- Invite students to cultivate the kind of 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.
Toll Fellows receive a scholarship covering up to half of their tuition 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. 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 the public interest for at least two years upon graduation or following a clerkship. Adherence to these conditions is required to remain in the program.
- Be an active member of a community dedicated to the personal and professional growth and support of public interest-minded students.
- Participate in Service Corps & PIE programming.
- Successfully complete the course Power, Injustice, and Change in America in the fall of 2L and the Equity & Justice Lab in the spring of 3L. Please note: With TPIC’s approval, Fellows may utilize other similar courses to fulfill this expectation.
- Act as a positive ambassador of the Toll Fellows Program, TPIC and Penn Carey 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.
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.