Fellowships and Loan Repayment Assistance

GW Public Knowledge Legal Research Associate Fellowship

The George Washington University Law School is seeking a Legal Research Associate to promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote the open Internet, balanced intellectual property rights and communications competition. This is a two year funded position at $70K/yr that will commence on September 1, 2018. The deadline is March 1, 2018

GW Public Knowledge Legal Research Associate Fellowship Information [pdf]

Summer Funding

Many GW Law students choose to perform public interest legal work during the summer. In order to make this choice more financially feasible, the Law School and other organizations provide summer subsidies.

GW Law awards approximately $295,000 in the form of cash grants and tuition remission to law students who will engage in summer public interest work. Students are able to submit applications for the subsidies after receiving an offer of summer employment from a non-profit or government employer. Awardees can serve in organizations in Washington, DC, as well as around the country and abroad. Students who receive one of these stipends may also be able to receive academic credit for their public interest work through the law school's Field Placement Program.

In addition, the law school's student-run Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) holds an auction each spring that funds summer public interest grants. Applications for summer EJF grants are available early in the spring semester. Applications are due in early April following the auction.

Sources outside GW Law provide funding as well. These funding sources have deadlines throughout the spring semester. If you have questions, contact the Career Development Office's Public Interest Advisor, Lauren Seffel, at [email protected].

2018 GW Law School Public Interest Summer Subsidy Application [.zip]

Third-Year Fellowships

GW Law's J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Fellowship Program annually provides financial aid for third-year students (and evening students who have completed at least 56 credits) who agree to work 20 hours per week at public interest organizations in the Washington, DC area during the fall and spring semesters.

Awardees may receive as much as $7,500 in tuition remission. Preference is given to employers who represent, directly or indirectly, indigent individuals or populations, interests that would not otherwise be adequately represented, and environmental organizations. Awardees may not receive academic credit under this program. Further information is available through the Career Center.

2017-2018 Shapiro Fellowship Application

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) at The George Washington University Law School helps our JD graduates enjoy careers in public interest law despite their student loan obligations.  With funding from a dedicated endowment, substantially supplemented by the law school Dean’s office, LRAP makes individual loans to our graduates each year; if a graduate remains in public interest employment at year’s end, these loans are forgiven.  Forgiveness of these particular loans is not considered income for tax purposes.

LRAP recipients work in a wide variety of occupations:  public defenders and prosecutors, legal aid and military justice, legislative and public policy attorneys, and more.  We help GW graduates across the nation and abroad to realize the public interest careers they sought when first entering law school.

Applicants are asked to investigate the US Department of Education’s income-driven repayment plans.  These programs will consolidate all outstanding public or government-subsidized loans (but not loans from private entities) and then set an affordable monthly loan payment obligation, which is changed each year to reflect changes in income.  Applicants can begin the application process for LRAP before or after enrolling in a given federal repayment plan.

LRAP Applications, documents, and forms are currently being revised for the 2018-2019 award year. Please check back to this website in September 2018 for updated forms. 

For inquiries regarding LRAP funding, please email [email protected].  If you request a phone call, please leave the best contact number to reach you during the day, or if day hours are not best, please list the best time for contacting you with the best phone number.