Fund for the Public Interest
The Fund for the Public Interest includes:
Since 1990, the LD/F Program has provided loan relief assistance to graduates pursuing careers with public interest law organizations. Since 1990, the program has provided more than $3 million to more than 406 graduates. Under the program, a portion of an eligible graduate's debt is initially deferred and ultimately forgiven if the recipient continues working in the public interest field for between three and five years. While the majority of LD/F recipients perform public interest work in Massachusetts, the program has supported graduates working in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Over half the funding has supported graduates working with indigent clients. More information about applying for LD/F assistance is available from the Office of Financial Aid.
Since 1988, this component of the fund has provided support for students undertaking public interest co-ops. In recent years, the School of Law has annually awarded $850,000 to the approximately 220 students completing public interest co-ops through support from the Fund for the Public Interest and other law school stipend programs. Stipends have allowed students on co-op to represent immigrants seeking political asylum, tenants fighting to prevent eviction, women seeking shelter from domestic violence, children trying to obtain educational services, mothers seeking child support payments, inmates challenging overcrowded prison conditions and more. The Fund for the Public Interest Co-op Stipend Program has been supported through gifts from donors, including the Stride Rite Charitable Foundation, George H. and Jane A. Mifflin Memorial Fund, Brown Rudnick Special Fund for the Public Interest, the Neil Leifer '81 Public Interest Co-op Stipend Fund, the law school's Thomas P. Campbell Fund and countless graduates in all practice areas.