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Robina Public Interest Scholars Program and Scholarship

As part of a land-grant university, the University of Minnesota Law School has always been committed to public service. With the support of the Robina Foundation, the Law School is extending this commitment by creating a seamless path from admission to full-time employment for students interested in pursuing public interest careers through the Robina Public Interest Scholars Program.

In addition to specialized counseling, engaging summer internships in public interest projects, year-long post graduate fellowships and loan repayment assistance, the program offers public interest-minded students a community of support and resources for their individualized career paths. If selected as a Robina Public Interest Scholar, students are responsible for meeting all the requirements and expectations set by the program to maintain their program status.

Program and Scholarship Overview

Robina Public Interest Scholars will acquire skills in direct advocacy, policy advocacy, community engagement, project sustainability, and leadership to develop and sustain their roles as life-long public interest advocates.

As part of the Robina Scholars Program, students will benefit from the following:

  • Directed guidance and counseling from a Robina Public Interest Scholars Coordinator.
  • Law school experiences including, but not limited to, volunteering, mentoring, summer internships, and public interest course work to expose students to the rewards of public interest work.
  • Continued support for a career in public service from the law school community.
  • Law school programming and education in the areas of Loan Forgiveness and Repayment, Finding and Funding Public Interest work, Post-Graduate Fellowships, Developing Public Interest Lawyering Skills, among other skill building, career development, and educational programs.
  • The opportunity to apply for a year-long post-graduate fellowship to enable graduates to launch a career in public interest work.
  • Loan repayment assistance to enable graduates to continue public interest careers.

Program Eligibility

  1. The applicant must be an entering first year law student for fall 2015 at the University of Minnesota Law School.
  2. Applicants may be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students are eligible to apply, but if selected, will be responsible for any applicable scholarship taxes.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must already be admitted for the incoming class of 2015.
  • Please submit the following application components including essays no later than April 1, 2015. 
  • Completed and signed Robina Public Interest Scholars Program Application Form
  • Essay Question

The University of Minnesota Law School Robina Committee will review applications. The Committee will also consider previously submitted admissions materials.

Application Timeline

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • Notification Date: on or before April 24, 2015 


For questions regarding the Robina Public Interest Scholars Program and Scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions at jdadmissions@umn.edu or (612) 625-3487.