Public Interest Peer Mentor Program

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The School of Law offers a Public Interest Peer Mentor Program run by the CDO and Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (CPILO) that matches first-year students interested in public interest work with like-minded second- and third-year students. Students are matched up based on practice areas of interest, among other factors.

Mentors meet with their mentees on an individual basis throughout the year and serve as a resource to help with the transition to law school, share experiences and answer questions about public interest careers. The program also schedules a variety of group social activities each year, including the Annual Chili Dinner, brown bag lunches, a spring ice cream social and award ceremony and other events.

First-year students who wish to participate in the peer mentor program should fill out the Public Interest Peer Mentee application (Word).

Second- and third-year students interested in serving as public interest peer mentors should fill out the Public Interest Peer Mentor application (Word).

Each year, one mentor is honored as Public Interest Peer Mentor of the Year for his/her dedication and commitment to the program. Past Peer Mentors of the Year include:

  • 2019: Jaelyn Miller '20
  • 2018: Charlie Johnson '19
  • 2017: Megan Bishop '18
  • 2016: Matt Tomsic '17
  • 2015: Alissa Ellis '15
  • 2014: Laura Ackerman '14
  • 2013: Caroline Cress '14
  • 2012: Chris Heaney '13

For more information or to become a part of the Public Interest Peer Mentor Program, contact April Giancola, Director of Public Interest Advising.

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