College of Law

Public Interest & Service

Our students seek to do good with the knowledge and experience they gain at Toledo Law. And the opportunities for service and public interest work while in law school are many – students serve our region and local community in our clinics, as part of the Tent City Program, and during Student Bar Association Pro Bono Committee activities, to name just a few examples.

We started the Public Service Commendation Program in 2007 to recognize our students’ good work. Details on the Commendation Program are below.

In addition, fellowship and federal work study funds are available to assist students who pursue public interest positions. Information on Toledo Law’s summer fellowship opportunities is below. Students interested in the federal work study program should contact the Law Financial Aid Office for more information and to determine eligibility.


Kelly Tomlinson
Public Service Coordinator
Office of Professional Development
Phone: 419.530.4996


Public Service Commendation Program

In January 2007, Toledo Law launched the Public Service Commendation Program to recognize and encourage student pro bono engagement in our community and region. 

A student may earn a Public Service Commendation for each academic term in which the student performs 30 or more documented hours of unpaid law-related public service work as approved by the College of Law Public Service Coordinator. Since the start of the program, our students have donated over 18,000 hours of service.

The College of Law helps students find volunteer opportunities with public service agencies and other non-profit organizations engaged in pro bono work.  In addition, students are welcome to secure a placement with other agencies or organizations in the region or across the country, so long as the student will be directly supervised by a licensed attorney.

Additional details are available here.

Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Each year, students are awarded public interest summer fellowships by the College of Law. The award amounts vary depending on the funding available. In the past, awards have ranged from $500 - $4,000.

Public interest positions eligible for fellowship funds include a position with a non-profit organization that serves underrepresented clients, groups, and interests or a government entity.

Fellowship application information is available here.

Last Updated: 4/3/20