Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to search Skip to section navigation

Toll Public Interest Scholars

The Toll Public Interest Scholars Program is made possible through a generous donation from Bob and Jane Toll. The Scholars Program reinforces Penn Law’s commitment to service by increasing substantive programming and financial support for students pursuing public interest careers. The Scholars 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 full tuition scholarships and funded public interest summer employment

Scholar 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 Scholar activities, including monthly meetings, learning modules, retreats, service days, and Service Corps gatherings
  • Successfully complete the 3L Service Corps capstone
  • 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 three years immediately following law school

Scholarship Information

Toll Scholars receive a full tuition scholarship for all three years of law school, as well as a generous stipend to fund unpaid public-sector internships for the summer bridging 2L and 3L. Toll Scholars 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 three years upon graduation. Adherence to these conditions is required to remain in the program.

Application Process

All admitted students are welcome to apply for the Toll Public Interest Scholars Program. The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid sends application instructions to admitted students beginning in February. Applicants are notified via email if they have been selected for an interview. Interviews take place in late March and early April.