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Financial Support

Chancellor’s Scholarship | Loan Repayment Assistance Program | Summer Funding | Post-Graduate Fellowships | Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program | Staff Experts |

Considering a career in public service, but worried about being able to financially support yourself? Anxious about loans and endless debt? Need money during the summer but aren’t interested in the private sector? These questions and more weigh on the minds of prospective and current students interested in the public sector. Here at Denver Law, we understand those concerns and offer targeted programs to help you live out your dreams with the financial support you need.

 

Chancellor’s Scholarship

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.

Summer Funding

Click here for summer 2019 funding opportunities for public sector work. In summer 2018, Denver Law was delighted to award 35 stipends to students working in unpaid nonprofit and governmental work. This support was combined with the stipends that The Public Interest Law Group, a student organization, has awarded to students for over 20 years. Our goal for the Denver Law Summer Stipend Fund is 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. In addition to this general public interest summer funding, each summer, Denver Law students are eligible for other DU specific funding options and can apply to national funding sources. Refer to the 2019 Summer Funding Sheet for more specific information and contact Prof. Alexi Freeman, director of externships and public interest initiatives, at to discuss and/or public sector career advisors at to prepare applications.

Post-Graduate Fellowships

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 Prof. Alexi Freeman, director of externships and public interest initiatives, at afreeman@law.du.edu to discuss and/or Elise Logemann, assistant director for public service careers at elogemann@law.du.edu. 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.

Staff Experts

Contact the Director of Student Financial Management, Kasia Parecki, to learn more about financing your public interest career.

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University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208