The Chancellor’s Scholarship Program awards a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in public interest law. Scholarship recipients typically have an exemplary academic record (3.2 GPA or higher and LSAT of 158 or higher) and can demonstrate, through academic or professional history, significant public service activities prior to coming to law school. Students apply for admission to Denver Law, first, and then submit the separate application and documentation for the Chancellor Scholarship Program by March 1.
Visit DU scholarships for information on other opportunities.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program – Denver Law
The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is a competitive program that provides financial awards to a select group of alumni who are in lower-paying public interest jobs to help them repay their law school loans for a period of five years. Denver Law alumni who have graduated after 2003, and either work in 1) law-related public interest jobs, primarily on behalf of economically disadvantaged or under-represented clients, groups, or organizations, or 2) 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental agencies, are eligible to apply.
In summer 2017, Denver Law was delighted to make available in summer 2017 in dedicated funding to support 25 summer stipends for unpaid Denver Law students working in public interest and public service positions. Our goal for this initiative was to make it easier for students to pursue opportunities in the public interest – and, accordingly, to benefit from the distinctive professional satisfaction that such opportunities provide. This support was combined with the stipends that The Public Interest Law Group, a student organization, has awarded to students for over 20 years. In addition to this general public interest summer funding, each summer, Denver Law students are also eligible to apply for the Hill and Robbins Fellowship and the Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Fellowship (contact email@example.com for more info on these two programs).
Legal fellowships are generally short-term opportunities (no more than 2 years) that allow recent law graduates to pursue their interest in public sector work. Fellowships are often meant to fulfill a specified purpose or project, and are a great way to “get in the door” and gain experience. There are organization- and project-based fellowships at nonprofits, law firm sponsored fellowships, and fellowships with government entities (e.g. honors programs). Visit Public Sector Careers to learn more about the Denver Law sponsored fellowships (which includes fellowships with the Denver City Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office). Contact Andrea Montague, our public sector career advisor, Alexi Freeman and/or check out the Public Interest Fellowships Resource Sheet for more information on fellowships.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program & Other Loan Repayment Programs
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program allows students who are employed full time in the public sector to get the remaining balance of their federal Direct Loans forgiven after a certain amount of time. Other programs support prosecutors and public defenders, public servants in certain states, and employees within the government sector.
Contact the Director of Student Financial Management, Kasia Parecki, to learn more about financing your public interest career.