Each year, the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee presents eight law students throughout the country with a Regional Public Interest Award. Chosen for their innovation, impact, and commitment to public interest law, each of the students selected is recognized for providing extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, and more. Recipients of the Regional Public Interest Awards will receive a $250 cash prize and commemorative plaque.
- Application Open: March 9, 2023
- Application Close: April 9, 2023
- Winners chosen: April 30, 2023
To apply for this award, please complete and submit the form below. As part of your application, you’ll be asked to provide a personal statement describing your commitment to public interest law. In your statement, you can describe your contributions as a law student to helping disadvantaged communities; the impact your work has on your community; innovative ways you have improved upon the traditional delivery of legal services; any law school projects you started; and your long-term interest in pursuing a public interest law career.
If you have any questions about the Regional Public Interest Awards, or if you would like to nominate an extraordinary public interest law student for the award in your region, please email our team at [email protected].
Applications for the 2023 Regional Public Interest Awards are now closed.
2022 Award Winners
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, South Region
Michigan State University College of Law, Midwest Region
Grace Wynelle Thomas
University of Texas School of Law, Southwest Region
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law, Mid-Atlantic Region
Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, Mountain Region
Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Pacific Region
Hofstra University School of Law, Northeast Region
Equal Justice Works is a great organization to remind people of why they went to law school in the first place and offers real opportunities for people who want to work in public interest law.
Camilo Rodriguez /
2017 Equal Justice Works Student Representative