Thanks to the resuscitation of a venerable financial aid program at New York University School of Law, 16 graduates filed out of Madison Square Garden following May 21′s commencement ceremony with mortarboard tassels shifted, sheepskins in hand, jobs awaiting — and something more: the comfort of zero tuition, which ordinarily retails for about $120,000.

For the first time in more than two decades, the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship Program has been able to give a full three-year ride for select NYU Law students committed to public service careers.

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