Public Service Venture Fund



Creating more opportunities for careers in public service by investing in entrepreneurial lawyers with a passion for social and economic justice.

Inspired by Harvard Law School alumni who have used their degrees and experience to pursue innovative methods of social change, the Public Service Venture Fund will award $1 million in grants every year to Harvard Law graduates pursuing careers in public service. 

The first program of its kind at a law school, the fund offers "seed money" for startup nonprofit ventures to students and alumni and salary support to graduating J.D. students and judicial law clerks for postgraduate work at nonprofit or government agencies in the United States and abroad. 


You have the opportunity for Harvard Law School to launch the career of your dreams. 

To obtain support from the fund, Harvard Law School applicants will submit proposals explaining how the postgraduate grants will help them get started in public service. The fund will support the creativity of Harvard Law students and graduates seeking innovative ways to make a difference. 


The inaugural group of Public Service Venture Fund grant recipients has been selected.  

Biographies of the grantees and coverage from the American Bar Association are now available.

Learn more about ways to 
make a gift to support the 
Public Service Venture Fund.

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Last modified: August 12, 2013

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