Public Interest Summer Grant Program Expands for 2014

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Each year the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) awards summer grants to students who take unpaid or low-paying public interest or public sector jobs. Since 2008, both C-PILO fundraising and generous private endowments devoted to summer internships have been supplemented by funding from the School of Law administration.

In an email to law school students in mid-February, Dean John Charles “Jack” Boger ’74 announced a significant one-time increase in public interest grant funds for summer 2014 internships. “In recognition of the importance of such work experience and of the continuing tight market for paid summer internships in 2014, we are happy to announce that the law school is able to nearly double the funding available for our Summer Grant Program this year,” Boger said in his announcement.

In 2013 the grant program awarded more than $292,000 to 85 first- and second-year students. In 2014, the award amount will be increased to $500,000, which could benefit more than 160 students. As part of this year’s expanded grant program, the maximum award to each student will be increased from $3,000 to $3,500 and will include, for the first time, grants to support certain judicial internships.

“UNC School of Law has historically offered one of the most comprehensive support programs for summer public interest work,” Boger said of the grants, which, in addition to supporting public sector and public interest positions, also pay students who serve as faculty research assistants or as interns for one of the school’s centers. “This year’s expansion of the program underlines our commitment to ensure that Carolina Law students leave our hallways confident and well-prepared to enter an increasingly competitive job market.”

Learn more about the summer grant program.

-February 27, 2014

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