Toll Public Interest Center
Penn Carey Law’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.
Our school was among the first in the nation to enact a pro bono requirement. All Penn Carey Law JD students must complete at least 70 hours of eligible pro bono work prior to graduation. In 2000, the Law School was the inaugural recipient of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publica Award.
Through its oversight of the pro bono program, TPIC has the opportunity to work with all law students. Penn Carey Law offers a broad array of pro bono opportunities that focus on impactful service and professional skill development. In addition to administering the pro bono graduation requirement, TPIC is home to all of the Law School’s public interest programming, including the Toll Public Interest Scholars & Fellows Programs and the Public Interest Experience (PIE).
Launching Public Interest Careers
TPIC collaborates with the Career Planning & Professionalism Office to help students successfully launch public interest careers. We counsel students about how to identify their career goals and map a clear route to them. We also educate students about the many ways to be a public interest lawyer by connecting students to practitioners, including alumni, at public interest and government organizations around the country. TPIC also administers the Law School’s post-graduate fellowships.
Uniting the Law School’s Public Interest Community
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.
Through the Public Interest Experience (PIE), all interested students can take part in TPIC’s impressive roster of tailored programming.
To read more about the work that the TPIC Community engages in, we invite you to read our latest edition of Experience Service, our semesterly magazine.