Public Service Scholarship

The UC Irvine School of Law places a strong emphasis on promoting public interest law.  A significant part of that mission is to provide financial support for incoming students dedicated to a career in public interest. Public Service Scholarships are offered to incoming law students who have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to public service, and are most likely to dedicate their legal careers to working on behalf of underserved communities and causes.

The Public Service Scholarship at UCI Law provides the following benefits:

  • Tuition and Fees—Public Service Scholarships provide full tuition and fees for the first year of law school, and are renewable for the 2L and 3L years if the student has a 2.0 GPA at the end of each year. 
  • Summer Funding—Scholarship recipients who do legal work with a public interest organization for the summer will receive a summer stipend during both their 1L and 2L summers.
  • Mentoring—Scholarship recipients will be assigned a mentor attorney who is a leader in the public interest field.  The staff of the Public Interest Department will also be available to provide mentoring assistance.
  • Networking Lunches—Scholarship recipients will participate in regular lunches with faculty members and practitioners who have dedicated their careers to public interest law.
  • Career Counseling—Even as first-year law students, Scholarship recipients will be assigned to work with a member of the Career Development Office team dedicated to Public Interest law.  Beginning first semester, recipients receive one-on-one counseling regarding their career path and options.
  • Second Semester Clinical ExperienceAll students at UCI Law are required to participate in one semester of a core clinic.  Public Service Scholarship recipients will receive priority enrollment if they choose to enroll in a second semester.
  • Pro Bono Project Preference—Scholarship recipients will be assigned to their first choice among more than 50 pro bono project offerings.

Public Service Scholarship recipients at UCI Law are asked to do the following:

  • Remain in Good Academic Standing—Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the end of each year in order to remain eligible for future tuition and fees funding.
  • Participate in Fellow Activities—Students are expected to be actively involved in networking lunches and other public interest related activities.