About CSJ Scholars
Commitment to social change. Focus on providing legal services to those in need and undertaking law reform efforts to promote social justice. Perseverance in the face of challenge. These are the characteristics that define a Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Scholar. Each year, the CSJ selects students from those who have completed their first year of law school to serve as CSJ Scholars. We seek applications now for Scholars to serve starting in the fall of 2021. The Scholars, who will serve until graduation from Seton Hall Law School, will be supported and encouraged in pursuing a range of public interest opportunities and will be offered several benefits, including:
- summer stipend funded through a Public Interest Law Fellowship (PILF) for an appropriate summer internship at a public interest organization;
- the opportunity to work as a research assistant or engage in pro bono work with a CSJ professor whose scholarship or casework focuses on a public interest topic that is of interest to the Scholar;
- a one-time stipend of $1,000;
- the option to enroll in clinics for a full year during their final year of law school; and,
- participation in educational and networking events.
The chosen scholars are expected to help plan and implement social justice programming or public service projects in collaboration with CSJ faculty.
The CSJ Scholars Application Process
In August 2021, the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice (CSJ) will name as CSJ Scholars two or more outstanding students from the incoming 2L class who demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and who are planning public interest careers. This opportunity is open to all students who completed their first year of law school, including day and weekend students.
Interested applicants must submit via email: (1) a resume; (2) an unofficial transcript; (3) a list of two references (one or both can be Seton Hall Law faculty members); and (4) a cover letter that articulates (a) the student’s commitment to public interest law and interest in serving as a CSJ Scholar and (b) a proposed public interest project or event that the Scholar would like to organize, such as a community training, a one-day clinic to provide legal services, an educational event for law students, etc.