Robina Public Interest Scholars Program

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 extends 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.

The program offers a community of support and resources for their individualized career paths, including:

  • Specialized counseling
  • Engaging summer internships in public interest projects
  • Year-long post graduate fellowships and loan repayment assistance

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. Students benefit from:

  • Directed guidance and counseling from a Robina Public Interest Scholars Coordinator
  • Volunteer opportunities, 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
  • 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

  • The applicant must be an entering first year law student for fall 2017 at the University of Minnesota Law School.
  • 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 2017
  • Application materials are found on the Admitted Students website.

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

Application Timeline

  • Priority Application Deadline: April 1, 2017
  • Notification Date: on or before April 17, 2017

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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