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Financial Support for Public Interest Employment
Many public sector employers have limited resources and are thus unable to pay students interested in working with their organization for the summer. To provide financial assistance to these students, Pace’s Public Interest Law Students Organization (PILSO) raises money throughout the school year to provide stipends to those students seeking non-paying employment in the public sector. Additionally, you should search the Center’s information on fellowship opportunities for students and alumni through our these Web pages, as well as, PSLawNet’s listings on summer funding sources nationwide.
To assist graduates who take low-paying jobs in the public sector after graduation, Pace Law School offers support via The Social Justice Fellowship and the Louise and Lawrence Ottinger Public Interest Law Scholarship. The Center has an Equal Justice Works (NAPIL) publication available titled, "Current State of Loan Repayment Assistance Programs." Please stop by to read it. Additionally, the equal Justice Works web site at www.equaljusticeworks.org has listings of law schools, states and employers that offer loan repayment programs. Perkins loan borrowers may benefit from a partial cancellation of their student loan debt based on specific employment, like law enforcement or corrections officers employed by a local, state, or federal agency, which is publicly funded. This includes criminal prosecution offices like the District Attorney’s office. Your primary responsibilities must pertain to crime prevention, control, or reduction or the enforcement of the criminal law. Cancellation rate may vary according to years of service. The Perkins disclosure notice that is provided to all Pace Perkins student borrowers contains more specific information and you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at (914) 422-4050 for additional information about the Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs and alternative Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.