Harvard Law School has announced a new public service initiative intended to strengthen its commitment to public service. According to a posting in the Chronicle of Higher Ed news blog, Harvard Law will waive the third year of law school tuition - currently $41,500 - for all students who agree to spend at least five years after graduation in public-service jobs. These students must also demonstrate a commitment to public service during law school. To do so, they must earn eligibility “credits” by engaging in public service activities such as relevant clinical programs, summer jobs and internships.
The Public Service Initiative is the first program of its kind in legal education. Over the course of its first five years, the initiative represents an additional annual investment of just over $3 million on the part of the Law School.