Harvard to Waive 3rd Year Tuition for Students Pursuing Public Interest Careers
Posted Oct 28, 2008 11:38 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
A new program at Harvard Law School that will waive third-year tuition for students who commit to five-year public interest careers is attracting more interest than expected.
More than 100 first-year students have signed up for the program, although they can still change their minds about participating, reports the Harvard Crimson. They are the first to be offered the tuition waiver, although current students who opt for public interest careers receive less generous assistance.
“We expect it to be popular among alumni, and we expect them to show their support,” said says Dean Elena Kagan of the new program. “I’m hopeful it’ll work really well, and that we’ll find whatever extra money we’ll need for it.”
Historically, about 50 to 60 graduating law students each year have opted to pursue public interest careers.