Benefits & Responsibilities of Scholars

  • Monthly Meetings
    Scholars meet formally as a group on a monthly basis with the Assistant Director of the Office of Public Interest. In addition, scholars also meet informally to engage in social and community-building activities.

  • Networking
    Scholars have many opportunities to develop relationships with other PIPS Scholars and PIPS Scholar Alumni while at AUWCL, ultimately graduating into a global network of other like-minded lawyers whom they can call upon throughout their professional careers.

  • Mentoring
    Each scholar is assigned a faculty mentor, upper-class PIPS Scholar mentor, and PIPS alumni mentor to assist them in the transition to law school and throughout their academic career.
  • Leadership
    Each scholar commits to giving back to the AUWCL community, organizing programs and public service events that help inspire their law student colleagues to participate in pro bono activities.

  • Public Interest Roundtables
    First year PIPS Scholars attend "Public Interest Roundtables" focusing on issues of public interest law as they relate to the first year curriculum or to the practice of law. The roundtables are organized by the second- and third-year PIPS Scholars and may involve discussion of professional or scholarly works in progress by faculty or student authors, as well as the work of local public interest practitioners.

  • In My Back Yard (IMBY) Public Service Day
    In order to enhance the awareness and interest of the entire AUWCL community towards public service, during the spring semester and through the summer following the first year, PIPS Scholars will plan and organize a public service day (IMBY) for the next incoming first-year class, to precede AUWCL's formal orientation program.

  • Pro Bono
    Scholars must participate in AUWCL's Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program, which requires that 75 hours of pro bono and/or public interest work be completed by graduation.

  • Service Projects
    Second- and third-year PIPS Scholars work with the Assistant Director of the Office of Public Interest to select two public service projects/experiences that include representation and/or advocacy on behalf of underrepresented, low-income, or otherwise disadvantaged individuals and/or communities.

  • Writing
    Scholars are required to produce a piece of written scholarship on a public interest issue, which may satisfy the upper level writing requirement if it meets the formal requisites.

  • Post-Graduate Public Service Work
    Scholars are strongly encouraged to pursue public interest/public service employment after graduation.

Academic Standards

Scholars are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Falling below a 3.0 GPA may result in loss of the scholarship. Please refer to our Standard 509 information report for scholarship retention data.

Scholars will be expected to maintain matriculation at American University Washington College of Law until graduation. A scholar who chooses to withdraw or transfer from the law school will be required to pay back the full amount of tuition within 30 days of the end of the last semester of enrollment plus any other AUWCL grants or scholarships (including, but not limited to, Equal Justice Foundation summer grants).

As a condition of receiving the scholarship, incoming PIPS Scholars will be asked to sign an agreement indicating their understanding and acceptance of the foregoing terms and conditions of the award.