The Center for Public Service Law

The Mission for Center for Public Service Law is to create a culture at UW Law where students, faculty and staff are inspired and empowered to make public service and equal justice an integral feature of their professional lives.


  • Pro Bono Program and Honors Society: offers comprehensive training, encourages and facilitates pro bono activity by all UW Law students and recognizes students, faculty and staff for their service to the community
  • UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program: our flagship in-house pro bono project in partnership with the Washington State Bar Association and Washington state’s other two law schools; through student volunteers, the program connects moderate income clients in need with attorneys willing to work for reduced fees
  • Gates Public Service Law Program: provides tuition, room and board for five UW Law students each year who commit to practice a minimum of five years in a public service law setting after graduation
  • Public Interest/Public Service Career Coaching: provides individual coaching and support for students with a career interest in public interest and public service work
  • Events & Workshops: offers public service law and policy related programming on both substantive and career-focused issues, including our Gates Speaker Series, Social Justice Tuesdays and other workshops, lectures and interactive programs designed to educate our community about public service topics, social justice and career paths focused on service
  • Public Interest Summer Fellowships: administers and provides support for international and domestic public interest summer summer fellowships and public service law conferences; administers limited funds for student attendance at public interest-oriented conferences
  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program: administers funds to help graduates working in public service in Washington State to repay their educational debt
  • Leadership Development: collaborates and supports student leaders from student organizations such as the Public Interest Law Association and student initiated and led pro bono service learning projects; teaches Pro Bono Advocacy course focusing on public interest leadership and management skills

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