Cardozo’s thriving Public Service Law Center is guided by the belief that lawyers are uniquely situated to advance the public good and that they are charged with the responsibility to help maintain and shape a society that upholds the rights of all.

Five areas of the Center are in need of additional funding:

 

  • Public Interest Summer Stipends. Summer internships in the public sector are frequently uncompensated. To encourage first- and second-year students to explore public interest law and to meet the demands of these interested students, Cardozo provides grants to all students who complete a rigorous qualification process. In summer 2012, the law school provided 242 grants of $4,000 each to qualified students. Join us on April 17, 2013 for the Public Service Auction, our largest annual fundraising event to sponsor stipends for our students.
  • Laurie M. Tisch Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). LRAP provides support for graduates who are working in the public sector and are eligible to receive assistance to help repay their law school student loans.
  • Public Service Scholars. During the admission process, the law school identifies and provides three-year scholarships for up to twenty in-coming students per year who demonstrate a commitment to public service and a high level of academic achievement.
  • Post-Graduate Public Service Fellows. Students who commit to 10 weeks of part-time uncompensated work, in the first nine months, following graduation with a public service employer are eligible to apply for grants of $5,000. Twenty-four graduates of the 2007 graduating class have been name Post-Graduate Public Service Fellows.
  • Clinic Support. Cardozo’s numerous clinics allow nearly 400 students each year to represent real clients under the supervision of seasoned attorneys while performing an important service to the community by representing the poor, elderly, and indigent.

Gifts to the Public Service Law Center at Cardozo provide much needed support in this important area of law school life and permit Cardozo to have an impact on the role of public service in American legal education.

For more information on how you can support the Public Service Law Center at Cardozo, please contact Patricia Weiss, Associate Dean, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs, at (212)790-0270 or pweiss@yu.edu.