NSU Law's Public Interest Law Society is a student-run organization founded in 1994 to promote public interest legal employment opportunities and to overcome the economic barriers that confront future public interest lawyers. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide funding to students who serve community needs by working in a legal position in the public interest. Public interest work is defined, for the purposes of this fellowship, as work for a non-profit organization that serves a low-income, underfunded and/or underrepresented community. Preference will be given to students who choose to work for Legal Aid or Legal Services agencies. Students selected for this fellowship will positively reflect the goals and objectives of the Public Interest Law Society and NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, and will have demonstrated an interest in serving the public interest community. Students selected to receive these fellowships must meet all the criteria.
Amount of Award
The Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship awards may range from $1,000 to $2,000 each, but will be determined annually based on the number of funds raised during the annual Public Interest Law Society Auction and the number of eligible applications.
Additional Information and Assistance in Finding a Summer Placement
For assistance in finding a summer placement, and counseling regarding this and other public interest law opportunities, please visit the Public Interest Law Center.
Rebecca Knox graduated from NSU Law in May of 2004. While at NSU she was president of The Public Interest Law Society. She also performed over 780 hours of pro bono service at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, where she later became an attorney representing victims of domestic violence. Rebecca passed away on August 20, 2006. This fellowship is supported by donations in her memory.
For an application, visit our Resources page.