Ms. JD has announced that five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public service work this summer. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession. Applications are due no later than Friday, May 23, 2014.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Judicial internships are also eligible; however, you may not apply if you are also receiving academic credit. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

This year, applicants are asked to post their essays directly to the Ms. JD blog. In 1000 words or less, please respond to the following prompt:

What’s the best advice you never got when it comes to law school, lawyering, or public interest law? Choose a situation and provide 2-3 concrete tips that would have made the biggest difference in how you tackled it.

The winning essays will be those that tackle a relatable situation and provide concrete advice. Use your Ms. JD account to post your essay and if you don’t yet have an account, register online at  http://ms-jd.org/profile/register.

In addition to posting your response, please send a resume, your anticipated employer, and any other sources of summer funding you will be receiving to publicinterest@ms-jd.org. Please include your Ms. JD user ID in either a cover letter or in the plain text of your email.  Applications are due no later than Friday, May 23, 2014.