In addition to providing direct financial support to students committed to or exploring social justice and public interest careers, the Garrison Fund enhances the Law School’s efforts to provide robust social justice and public interest experiences to students by solidifying the Law School's commitment to its Social Justice Program and public interest instruction, research and service.
Each year, the Law School will select at least one Garrison Social Justice Scholar from among current first-year J.D. students who apply for the scholarship. The Garrison Scholars shall:
During the spring semester of 2018, the Law School will select one member of the Class of 2020 from among those who apply. The Class of 2020 Garrison Social Justice Scholar award includes: 1) an annual scholarship of $8,600 ($4,300 per semester) that supplements scholarships already received up to full tuition, and 2) two summer fellowship stipends of $5,000, making the total award worth up to $27,200 over two academic years (4 semesters).
Current first-year J.D. students who wish to apply for the Garrison Social Justice Scholar award must complete and submit the application form and other printed materials to the Admissions Office by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Each year, no fewer than three4 students receive full5 fellowships to support a summer experience working in the public interest in unpaid positions at either a non-profit or governmental agency. Garrison Public Interest Fellows are selected by the Law School from among J.D. students applying for Vanderbilt Law Summer Stipends.
1 The precise amount of the scholarship is determined each year. The Class of 2020 Garrison Social Justice Scholar award includes a: 1) an annual scholarship of $8,600 ($4,300 per semester) that supplements scholarships already received up to full tuition. Students currently receiving full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for Garrison Social Justice awards. Law School scholarship recipients pursuing dual degree programs receive Law School scholarship funds during the semesters in which they are enrolled in the Law School.
2 The precise amount of the stipend is determined each year. The Class of 2020 Garrison Social Justice Scholar will receive a $5,000 stipend for each of the two summers prior to graduation.
3 A "social justice summer experience" focuses on advancing and protecting the rights of individuals (or organizations aiding individuals), particularly those that may have been discriminated against or are otherwise unable or hindered in protecting their own rights to safety, equality and freedom, including but not limited to the poor (including the working poor and indigent criminal defendants), the elderly, the disabled, mentally ill and others deprived of their civil or human rights. A "public interest summer experience" could focus on serving the broader public interest in positions such as interns in judicial chambers, U.S. Attorney's Offices, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations.
4 In addition to the Garrison Social Justice Scholars
5 For summer 2018, a full fellowship equals $5,000.00. At the discretion of the Law School, half summer fellowships may be awarded so long as the minimum dollar amount of three full fellowships is met.