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 2019, the law school will award a total of $277,000, in 72 grants ranging from $3000-$5000. 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 2019 subsidies are due March 25, 2019, at 5pm. An info session will be held February 5 at 5:15pm in the FCC.
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. Summer 2019 applications are due April 8, 2019.
Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF)
This program awards grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid (typically 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, awards for internships in the District of Columbia and other U.S. domestic locations typically do not exceed $1,500. KACIF also awards travel subsidies 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. 15 – March 1, 2019. Regular decision applications will be accepted April 1 – April 15, 2019.
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."