Harvard Law grads awarded $1M in grants for public service

A group of recent Harvard Law School graduates received grants to jumpstart their careers in public service. The Public Service Venture Fund awarded a total of $1 million to 23 recipients, who were chosen based on their visions for solving public service problems on a community level.

Three recent graduates were chosen for the largest grants. They will receive $80,00 per year, which includes a $45,000 stipend, with expectation of renewal for a second year. An additional 20 graduating students were named as fellows and will receive $45,000 for one year to supplement their work in a nonprofit or government agency. Additional partial fellowships have also been awarded.

“Through these fellowships, our talented graduates are able to provide badly needed assistance to underserved communities and causes,” said Assistant Dean for Public Service Alexa Shabecoff.

Harvard Law School started the Public Service Venture Fund in 2012 and is designed to help recent graduates find a job in public service. Law students and recent alumni help develop initiatives in areas with unmet legal needs. Experienced entrepreneurs oversee the selection process.

“The public service visionaries receiving these seed grants are remarkable in their ability to identify where justice is lacking and to craft a way to deliver it,” said Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School. “They are true social entrepreneurs, and I am immensely proud of their vision, passion and effectiveness. I am also deeply grateful to those whose financial support of these students and alumni enable their pursuit of such imaginative dreams of justice.”