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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:

  • Full-tuition scholarship and one summer of support for unpaid public interest work
  • 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.

Miami Scholars Profiles

Read about Current and Past Miami Scholars:

Miami Scholars Class of 2022, 2023, 2024
Miami Scholars Class of 2021, 2022, 2023
Miami Scholars Class of 2020, 2021, 2022
Miami Scholars Class of 2019, 2020, 2021
Miami Scholars Class of 2018, 2019, 2020
Miami Scholars Class of 2017, 2018, 2019
Miami Scholars Class of 2016, 2017, 2018
Miami Scholars Class of 2015
Miami Scholars Class of 2014
Miami Scholars Class of 2013
Miami Scholars Class of 2012 

To Apply

Please complete the Miami Scholars section of the JD application. Selected applicants will be interviewed as part of the Miami Scholars award process. Priority will be given to applicants admitted to the law school by January 15, 2022.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their JD applications during Fall 2021. For more specifics on applying to the Miami Scholars program, visit the Miami Scholars section in 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:

Clinical Programs
Externship Program
Litigation Skills Program
STREET Law
Center for Ethics and Public Service
Social Justice and Public Interest Concentration