Fellowships, Scholarships & Internships

Thanks to our generous donors, the CBF has created a number of scholarship and fellowship programs designed to help make it possible for committed attorneys to pursue their chosen line of work despite the often overwhelming financial challenges.

Today’s law school graduates have an average of more than $100,000 in law school debt, while the average starting salary at pro bono and legal aid organizations in Chicago is about $49,000. By providing significant scholarship funding and loan forgiveness assistance, the CBF has made it more manageable for over 100 inspiring public interest and legal aid attorneys to continue serving the people in our community who are in most critical need of the protections of the justice system.

Enabling dedicated law students and lawyers to pursue and remain in careers in legal aid is one of the core elements of the CBF’s larger strategy to ensure equal access to justice in our community.