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Fridolin Public Interest Fellowship: Program Announced at School of Law

By Nate Ethell ('08)

School of Law

The Pepperdine School of Law has announced the Fridolin Public Interest Fellowship program to support law students who seek to be involved in public interest work. With a grant award of $100,000, the new program will provide financial assistance for travel, subsistence, and other basic needs of students who desire to work for public interest and legal aid firms during the summer months between academic years.

"Among the most important callings for lawyers today is serving the common good with public interest and legal aid endeavors," said Deanell Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean at the School of Law. "With summer experiences out of the classroom and in the field often providing the strongest incentive to move law graduates into public interest law careers, the School of Law is committed to expanding its work to provide paths for students to become public interest lawyers and expose them to the highest levels of nonprofit legal analysis."

The Fridolin Public Interest Fellowship program also will help the law school identify students who desire to make a long-term commitment to public interest law and legal aid. Launching this summer, the fellowship program is expected to name up to 35 Fridolin Fellows, supporting organizations such as the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, Disability Rights Legal Center, Global Justice Program in Uganda, Bet Tzedek, Human Rights Project, L.A. County Public Defender's Office, Ministry of Justice in Rwanda, Rainbow Services, Inc., and Paz y Esperanza.