Program in Law and Public Service

Program in Law and Public Service

Program in Law and Public Service

Students in the Program in Law and Public Service


The Program in Law and Public Service is designed to provide a select group of students the opportunity to receive a tailored curriculum and intensive training that will prepare them for public service careers. Fellows are required to spend at least one summer working in the field of public service, and summer funding is guaranteed. Each year, approximately 25 first-year fellows will be admitted to the program. Up to five slots will be held open for second-year students. Applications are typically due in mid-October.

The Curriculum

Program fellows will be required to take the course Law and Public Service in the spring of their first year of law school. This course will provide fellows a broad overview of various public interest careers and paths. (Students admitted to the program in their second year of law school may take the Law and Public Service course in the spring of their second year.) Fellows may also opt to, but are not required to, take a course on advocacy skills for public interest lawyers during their second or third year of law school. In addition, fellows are required to take a third-year capstone seminar focusing on contemporary issues in public service. Additional course requirements include a clinic or externship and at least 10 additional credits in courses that will assist fellows in their future public service careers. Courses are tailored to each fellow’s individual career goals and interests. Fellows will also complete a substantial research paper or final paper on a public interest or social justice topic of their choice.


Students in the program will be paired with a faculty mentor with expertise in the substantive area of interest to the fellow. The faculty mentors are available to help fellows map out their courses, serve as sounding boards for summer and permanent employment, and provide guidance on relevant research papers. Fellows are also assigned peer mentors within the program.


The fellows participate in monthly brown bag lunches with inspiring public interest lawyers from around the country to discuss public service and their path to becoming public interest lawyers. In addition, the program organizes a series of dinners and social events throughout the year to help build community among the fellows.

Student Blog

Students in the program run a blog on their experiences, and sometimes feature alumni working in public service.

Public Service Blog


The Program in Law and Public Service at UVA Law
Annie Kim
Faculty Director
  • Assistant Dean for Public Service
  • Director, Program in Law and Public Service
  • Director, Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center
  • Assistant Professor of Law, by Secondary Appointment