Miami Scholars Public Interest Program

Miami Scholars

Since its inception in 1997, bringing outstanding students with a passion for public service to the University of Miami School of Law has been the goal of the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program. Incoming students with exceptional academic and public interest achievements have the opportunity for selection for this prestigious scholarship cohort program.

Miami Public Interest Scholars receive:

  • Merit-based scholarship (awards range from partial to full-tuition scholarships based on academic credentials, achievements, and demonstrated interest in public service)
  • Stipend for unpaid public interest work performed during the summer after the first or second year of law school
  • Specialized trainings focused on social justice
  • Individualized advising on courses and career planning
  • Networking with public interest lawyers
  • Peer mentoring from upper-division Miami Scholars
  • Assistance with securing summer public interest internships
  • Participation in programming as part of a team of students dedicated to public interest
  • Preferential selection for pro bono advocacy initiatives
  • Unique leadership opportunities

Miami Public Interest Scholars serve as social justice leaders on our campus as part of numerous student organizations and individual projects and initiatives. They contribute meaningfully to creating a pro bono ethic among their peers. Miami Scholars have the opportunity to serve on the Public Interest Leadership Board (PILB), developing and implementing outstanding programs and projects dedicated to social justice, alumni/development, community engagement, education, and career development. Miami Scholars are actively engaged leaders with a commitment to social justice, community engagement, and advocacy.


Click here to view our current Miami Scholars


Miami Scholars Profiles

To Apply

No separate application is required for the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program. For more specifics on applying to the Miami Scholars program, visit the Miami Scholars section on the financial aid scholarships page of this site.

Miami Scholars Public Interest Pathways and Careers

As law students and graduates, Miami Public Interest Scholars work with local, national, and international public interest organizations and government agencies to provide much-needed legal advocacy and ensure access to justice. Click here to view a list of selected summer and post-graduate placements.

Additional Public Interest Opportunities at Miami Law

For information on public interest opportunities outside of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, please visit the following pages: