Law Students

Regional Public Interest Awards

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 Timeline

  • Application Open: February 24, 2021
  • Application Close: March 28, 2021
  • Winners chosen: April 19, 2021

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].

Application Now Closed

The 2021 Regional Public Interest Award Application is now closed. The winners will be notified on April 19, 2021.

2021 Award Winners

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Nneka Ewulonu

University of Georgia School of Law, Gulf Region

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Dominique Fenton

University of Virginia School of Law, South Region

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Susan Fleurant

University of Michigan Law School, Midwest Region

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Brooke López

UNT Dallas College of Law , Southwest Region

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Iris Maute-Gibson

The George Washington University Law School, Mid-Atlantic Region

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Bria Nelson

University of Kansas School of Law, Mountain Region

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Sarah Osborn

University of Oregon School of Law, Pacific Region

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Lizzy Wolozin

New York University School of Law, Northeast Region

RSLC gave me the opportunity to explore a career in civil legal aid and meet tremendous people along the way.

Kimberly Barton /
2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow

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