A nearly $1.3 million grant to Rutgers Law School in Camden will help cover the costs of legal education for hundreds of new law students over the next five years.
Rutgers Law School says it will use the $1,275,750 grant from philanthropists James and Sharon Maida to finance the Maida Public Interest Fellowship Program, which pays for up to 40 law students each year to work in otherwise non-paying positions at public-interest legal organizations.
“We developed an investing model to provide Rutgers Law students with a source of income, pair them with nonprofit organizations that need legal expertise, and connect those partnerships with a whole litany of folks who don’t have access to legal aid and lawyers,” James Maida, a 1990 Rutgers Law School graduate, said in a March 26 announcement.
Since its 2015 founding, the program has gotten summer fellowships for 195 Rutgers Law students, the university said.
On top of that, the Maida Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship program, within this larger grant program, pays for the full time salaries of selected fellows. That’s benefited a total of six students. Another $100,000 from the Maidas is going toward a scholarship at the law school.
“This gift is literally making the law school a better place and gives us an opportunity to help our students and graduates build careers,” reads a statement from Kimberly Mutcherson, co-dean of the Rutgers Law School’s Camden campus. “Their support is providing vulnerable communities with legal assistance.”