About CSJ Scholars
Commitment to social change. Focus on providing legal services to those in need. Perseverance in the face of great odds. These are the characteristics that define a Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Scholar. Each year, the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice selects students from those who have completed their first year of law school to serve as CSJ Scholars. The Scholars, who will serve until graduation, are offered a range of public interest opportunities and benefits, including the chance to work on projects at the CSJ during their second year of law school and a full-year of clinical courses in the final year of law school. For the past two years, the Association of Corporate Counsel of New Jersey generously provided scholarship funds to support the Scholars in their public interest work during law school.
The CSJ Scholars Application Process
In the fall of 2019, the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice (CSJ) will name as CSJ Scholars two outstanding students from the rising 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 just completed their first year of law school, including full-time day and weekend students. 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:
- assistance in locating summer internships at prestigious public interest organizations, with a summer stipend funded through a Public Interest Legal Fellowship;
- 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;
- the option to enroll in clinics for a full year during their final year of law school;
- participation in educational and networking events; and
- a stipend in their first year of participation as a Scholar.
The chosen scholars are expected to help plan and implement social justice programming or public service projects in collaboration with CSJ faculty.
Interested applicants must submit electronically: (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.
Application materials must be received no later than Friday, August 2, 2019.
Be sure to include "(Your Name) CSJ Scholar Applicant" in your subject line and email your application materials to Melinda Lampley-Merritt ([email protected]), CSJ Paralegal.