The Law School distributes grants to students working in public interest positions over the summer. Separately, the student group Equal Justice Foundation makes grants. GW students may also apply for funding through the KACIF program and other grant/subsidy programs.
Law School Summer Grant Program
The law school awards public interest grants to students who work during the summer for a broad range of public sector legal employers, including non-profit organizations and governmental entities (but not including judicial internships). For the summer of 2020, the law school will award a total of $281,000, in 73 grants ranging from $3,000 - $5,000. In general, awards are made based upon the type of work the student will be doing, the employer, the student’s commitment to public interest, and student GPA, among other factors. The specific student and employer eligibility criteria for the awards are set forth in the application materials. Applications for summer 2020 subsidies are due March 23, 2020, at 5pm.
Equal Justice Foundation (EJF)
This student-run organization raises money and awards stipends to students working in unpaid public interest internships. To be eligible for a stipend, students must volunteer at least 18 hours with EJF. Email [email protected] for more information about volunteer opportunities.
Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF)
This highly competitive program provides grants ranging from $750 to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid. Necessarily unpaid internships are typically those with non-profit, governmental, educational and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns. In order to maximize the number of students who receive funding, grants for internships in the District of Columbia and other U.S. domestic locations typically range from $750 to $1,500, while grants for international internships typically range from $2,000 to $3,000. KACIF also awards travel grants of up to $300 to cover the costs of using public transportation to and from an unpaid internship. Early decision applications will be accepted Feb. 14 – Feb. 28, 2020. Regular decision applications will be accepted April 1 – May 4, 2020.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
All additional scholarship opportunities are posted in the Job Listings section of CORE. These include scholarships sponsored by law firms, bar associations, professional organizations, and more. To view current scholarship opportunities, go to the "Job Listings" section of CORE, and change the "Type of Job" filter to "Scholarship."