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There is dedicated public interest career support staff.
Career support assistance includes the following:
The annual Public Interest Legal Career Fair provides Albany Law School students and alumni with an opportunity to learn about legal careers in public interest and government through career panel discussions and information tables. Past career fairs have included representatives from more than 150 public sector organizations and interviews for summer and entry-level positions.
Public Interest/Public Service Jobs Forum - This Career Center program developed exclusively for Albany Law School students is a "how-to" on developing a lifelong commitment to working on behalf of under-represented individuals, communities and causes.
Annual Career Center panel entitled "Fellowships, Internships, and more. (How to Launch a Public Interest Career)" gives students an opportunity to explore and learn about the resources available to help advance a public law career directly from an Equal Justice Works representative.
Annual program co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Government Law Center of Albany Law School on "Finding the Perfect Job in State/Local Government-Practical Strategies and 'Nuts and Bolts' Advice" helps students explore different career options, and make contacts with alumni working in the public sector.
Albany Law School's Career Center sponsors a series of Career Education Programs including public service related topics such as: "Careers in State Legislative," "New York State Civil Service Opportunities," "Judicial Clerkships," and Employer Information Sessions featuring, for example, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and state agencies.
For more information, visit www.albanylaw.edu/careers.
Office of Career and Professional Development
Dedicated public interest career support staff is available.
In addition to individual counseling sessions and workshops for those pursuing internships and post-graduate positions, our career-related programs include a variety of educational programs such as: Fall and Spring Recruitment Programs, The World of Public Interest Fellowships; Financing Your Public Interest Career; Public Interest Roundtables; Public Interest Law Firm Panel; Politics and Public Interest Panel; Career Day for 1Ls; Preparing for your Summer Internship; Pro Bono Pledge Program; DOJ Information Session; Public Interest Speed Networking Event; D.C. Public Defender Information Session; Preparing for the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, Preparing for the Washington, DC/Baltimore Public Service Career Fair; How to Use the Government Honors Handbook; Working on Capitol Hill; Zubrow Fellowship Information Session, the Presidential Management Fellow Information Session; Nuts and Bolts of Judicial Clerkship Application Process; Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion; Judicial Internship/Externship Panel; How to Secure a Judicial Clerkship for the Upcoming Term; and Conversations about Clerkships Luncheon Series.
Students also attend the Washington, DC/Baltimore Public Service Career Fair Consortium.
ASL's Director of Career Services, Ms. Denise McGeorge, maintains an active listing of public interest career opportunities.
Dedicated Staff is provided for public interest career related assistance.
Baylor participates in the Equal Justice Conference & Career Fair and the Public Service Career Day held in Austin annually. Baylor subscribes to PSLawNet and provides information specific to searching for a public interest position when counseling students about various career opportunities. In addition, as part of the Bear Essentials professional development programming, students are regularly given the perspective of attorneys working in public interest fields.
The Office of Career Services staffs a full-time public interest career advisor.
BU Law is a member of the Massachusetts Law School Consortium which organizes two public interest career fairs - one in the fall and another in the spring - devoted exclusively to public interest opportunities.
The CDO offers one-on-one advising sessions with dedicated public interest advisers. The CDO also holds government and public interest career related programs which may include topics such as interviewing skills, fellowships, summer funding, and alternative careers. The CDO organizes individual advising, lunches with government and public interest attorneys, and networking programs.
The CDO also makes available numerous print and online resource materials.
Every fall, BU Law holds a public interest and pro bono community-building event for students, faculty and staff. This program features an alumnus/a guest speaker who works in public interest, a student panel and an opportunity for students to connect with other students interested in public service.
The CDO also engages in marketing and outreach to public interest and government employers to increase access to job opportunities for students.
Public Interest law counseling: Assistant Dean Mary Hoagland & Director Beth Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (801) 422-3685.
The Public Service Programs Office is dedicated to assisting students throughout law school and beyond to explore public service—to heighten awareness of public service and make opportunities readily available. Students are provided with appropriate support whether public interest is something they wish to explore during law school or is a career goal. Likewise, students may develop public interest credentials and experience in order to enter a corporate law firm equipped to handle pro bono cases or take a leadership role in a firm's pro bono efforts.
The Public Service Programs Office offers individual counseling to help students identify their career goals and appropriate opportunities to develop the credentials and skills to obtain those goals. It also provides extensive assistance in developing resumes and cover letters, finding placements with the right fit, and preparing for interviews. For 2L and 3L students help is provided in identifying potential post graduate fellowship opportunities, obtaining hosts and drafting proposals. The staff also facilitates access to resources such as public interest and government conferences and job fairs, and law school and post-graduate fellowships and awards. The Office also sponsors workshops, speakers and panels to expose students to career paths, and employment options. Through attendance at these events students are not only exposed to career options, but become savvy about issues in public interest law enhancing their marketability for highly competitive internships and jobs.
The Office is staffed by a full time director with 14 years of public interest litigation experience and eight years as a law school public service office director, and a part time administrative assistant dedicated to furthering students' public interest goals. In addition to counseling and programs the staff produces a bi-weekly newsletter, maintains a website with extensive resources for public interest and government students, and sponsors workshops on issues such as financial resources, online job research, resume and cover letter writing, post graduate fellowships and other practical matters, as well as resources about career options and opportunities. In addition, the Office organizes annual events such as a welcome reception, awards ceremony and reception, and a pro bono fair, to help form and support a public interest community.
Because the experiences students seek in government and public interest vary enormously, both in law school and during their careers, the office provides a well rounded program that can serve the needs of students at different stages, with different backgrounds, interests, abilities, and goals.
The Assistant Dean of Career Services and all career advisors at California Western School of Law work individually with students to meet their public interest goals throughout their three years of law school. The Pro Bono Coordinator meets with each student interested in working for public interest organizations through the Pro Bono Program. The Coordinator oversees the Pro Bono Program and tracks the students participating in that program. Each January the Office of Career Services and California Western law students participate in Southern California Public Interest Career Day held at U.C.L.A. Each February the Office of Career Services holds its Pro Bono Fair inviting representatives from over 30 organizations to staff tables at the Fair. Each March the Office of Career Services holds a Pro Bono On Campus Interviewing Program, from which many students obtain summer and fall public interest law clerk positions. California Western School of Law is a member of PSLawNet, Equal Justice Works, and The Peggy Browning Fund.
The Career Center and Campbell Public Interest Law Student Association host an annual Public Interest Law Expo to connect students with employers.
The Office of Professional Development offers students interested in Public Interest Law careers support through a variety of resources and programs. Students may meet one-on-one for career advising and planning. The Office of Professional Development annually subscribes to PSJD and is a member of Equal Justice Works. In addition, the Office of Professional Development staff assists students by paying the registration fees to attend public interest career fairs including the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law encourages students to explore the public interest as a career choice that serves a vital role in our country's justice system. To assist students interested in the public interest, the law school offers several summer funding opportunities that are available only to CWRU Law students. The School of Law's Career Services Office actively develops and promotes public interest opportunities for students and graduates.
The Office of Career and Professional Development offers and/or promotes a range of opportunities for students interested in pursuing a public interest path, including: individual counseling, mock interviews, on-campus spring externship fair, the CUA Judicial Internship Program, the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, postgraduate fellowship counseling, and programming covering topics such as public interest/service careers, funding for summer public interest work and fellowships.
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law has a designated Public Interest Career Counselor who counsels students regarding careers in public interest and public service and provides information and programming to encourage all students to explore public interest careers and to incorporate pro bono work as a part of the law school experience. Fowler Law also has two other full-time career counselors qualified to discuss public interest resources with students.
A wide variety of public interest and public sector employers participate in Fowler Law's Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview and Resume Collection Programs, and students are also apprised throughout the year of other public interest job opportunities and pro bono projects. In addition, the Career Services Office subscribes to PSJD.org, one of the largest clearinghouses for public interest jobs, which provides students and alumni with free access to thousands of public interest job opportunities, as well as access to an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service. The Public Interest Counselor also coordinates with Fowler Law's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and Orange County's Public Law Center to plan opportunities for students to help provide legal assistance to underserved members of the community.
Every fall, the Career Services Office sponsors a group of students to participate in the Equal Justice Works Conference and Job Fair held in Washington, D.C. The Public Interest Counselor attends the conference with the students to help them make the most of the public interest resources and opportunities offered at the conference and job fair. On request, the Career Services Office also offers some additional funding to defray travel expenses and registration fees for students participating in other public interest job fairs.
Public Interest events annually sponsored or co-sponsored by the Chapman Law Career Services Office:
- Public Interest Panel
- Public Interest Summer Funding & Fellowship Presentation and Panel
- Public Interest / Public Sector Career Day (Southern California Law School Consortium-sponsored event)
- Legal Aid Society of Orange County - Family Law Blitz week (students work as volunteers at a week-long family law clinic)
- Various clinics and MCLE trainings offered by the Public Law Center
The Department of Career Services assists students and alumni pursuing public interest careers.
The Center for Professional Development (CPD) houses a number of Public Interest resources and shares Public Interest Conference and Job Fair information with the law student body.
Because the mission of CUNY School of Law is to train attorneys who practice "law in the service of human needs," the Career Planning Office is primarily geared to providing public interest career assistance. The Career Planning Office has two full time counselors, both highly experienced public interest law practitioners. Moreover we provide students with many, many different online resources on public interest opportunities including but not limited to www.pslawnet.org, our own Law Job Portal maintained by Symplicity. CUNY Law School is the leader in public interest post graduation employment. By percentage, CUNY Law School is the national leader in public sector (nonprofit, government and judicial) employment.
Students participate in the Midwest Public Interest Recruiting Conference
Columbia's Center for Public Interest Law provides holistic counseling to students from their first year through their post-graduate years. Center staff provide individual counseling as well as speakers, panels and workshops on public interest careers and issues. The Center's philosophy is that there is no one true path for students who want to practice law in the public interest. It works with students who want to enter public interest law immediately after graduation or a clerkship, those who want to work in the corporate sector for a few years while doing pro bono and those who see themselves as combining public interest and law firm work throughout their careers.
Center staff builds strong relationships with students because Columbia's public interest career counseling services are in an office that also is responsible for its Human Rights Internship Program and other summer programs, the pro bono program, and public interest programming. The office is staffed by an Assistant Dean/Director, who was a public interest lawyer for 20 years; an Assistant Director, who practiced civil rights law before coming to Columbia; an Internship and Fellowship Counselor, who has lived and worked abroad most of her career; a Pro Bono Coordinator, who is a public interest activist; and an Administrative Assistant, who also volunteers on behalf of immigrants and others. Their areas of expertise are augumented by Columbia graduates who return to counsel students as well as participate in panels and other programs.
The Center for Public Interest Law invites 10-15 public interest employers to campus throughout the year to interview students for internships and fellowships, including a variety of not-for-profit legal organizations, the U.S. Attorney's Offices in New York, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the NYC Law Department. The Office of Career Services also holds a Fall on-campus interview program for 20-25 government and regulatory agency employers.
Other Career Related Services:
- Presentations on Summer Funding Programs
- Public Service Brown Bag Series (15-20 panels organized by issue area)
- 1L Job Strategy Workshop
- 2L Job Strategy Workshop
- Nitty Gritties of the Public Interest Job Search
- Public Interest Lawyering 101 Panel
- How to Interview for Public Interest Job
- Public Interest Mock Interview Program
- Criminal Justice Mock Interview Program
- Debt Management/Satisfactions and Sacrifices Panel
- DOJ Summer/Honors Programs Presentation
- Moving Forward for Public Interest 1Ls
- Overview of Post-Grad Fellowships and Public Interest Jobs
- Presentations on Post-graduation Fellowships (e.g. Fulbright, Skadden, EJW, Human Rights Watch, Cochran Neufeld Scheck)
- Practicing Public Interest Law in the Private Sector
- The Revolving Door Between Public Interest and Corporate Law
- Pro Bono - How to Tell if A Firm Really Means It
- Clerking and the Public Interest
- Opportunities with District Attorneys Offices
- Opportunities with United States Attorneys Offices
- Opportunities with State Attorneys General Offices
- Opportunities with the NYC Law Department
- Careers as a Public Defender
- Careers in Public International Law
- Careers in Domestic Violence Law
- Careers in Civil Rights Law
- Careers in Environmental Justice
Karen Comstock, Assistant Dean for Public Service, is housed in the law school Career Office. She provides individual and group counseling to students on all aspects of the public interest and government job search, and sponsors informational programs and alumni speakers on a wide variety of topics. Typical programs on the following topics are presented each year: advice on conducting a public interest or government job search, interviewing for public interest and government jobs, applying for post-graduate fellowships and other funding sources, and applying for summer public interest grants and other funding sources. Alumni speakers sponsored by the Career Office provide insight and advice regarding their law practice areas, including public defense, prosecution, civil rights work, international human rights, civil legal services, federal and state government work, and public policy work. Each year prominent alumni are featured as part of our Public Interest Speaker Series.
Cornell Law School students interview with public service employers both on campus and at national public interest career fairs and conferences, including the National Association for Public Interest Law Career Fair and Conference in October in Washington, D.C. and the Public Interest Public Service Legal Career Symposium in February in New York City. The Career Office library contains a myriad of resources for students seeking public sector work. The Career Office subscribes to a national public interest legal job search web site, pslawnet.org, and purchases specialty public interest job search guides for interested students. Finally, the Career Office publishes information on Cornell-specific resources for students, including information about alumni public interest career mentors.
- Individualized public interest counseling.
- Public interest resource research assistance.
- Job posting public interest.
- Coordinate to Equal Justice Works Career Fair in Washington, D.C., Midwest Public Interest Career Conference and Nebraska Diversity Summit.
- Provide support to on-campus, student-run public interest groups.
- Announce and advertise nationwide public interest related job fairs, retreats, seminars and programs
- Active recruitment of public interest employers for OCI.
- Integration of public interest/public sector in legal career panels.
- Arrange presentations by local public interest attorneys and organizations.
- Participate in regional public interest job fairs and retreats.
- Organize judicial clerkship programming.
- Organize and provide practice interview programs.
- Provide resource center with numerous library resources dedicated to public interest topics.
- Member of several major public interest organizations (e.g. NALP, PSLawNet, Equal Justice Works).
Alisa M. Rosales, J.D.
Director for Public Interest Law, Law Career Services
The Career Services office has a staff member dedicated to public interest career services. For more details, please visit http://www.law.depaul.edu/students/career_services/.
Students receive individual counseling, public interest employer panels, and group meetings regarding funding opportunities for summer including Loan Repayment Assistant Programs, Federal Work Study and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. In addition, students have access to a full resource library of public interest opportunities. Students also attend on and off-campus public interest job fairs. Drake Law School provides an on-campus interview program that includes public interest employers and an experienced public interest career counselor. Drake Law School devotes an entire week to public interest issues and includes a one-day career fair for public interest organizations.
Drexel Law has a full time Career Advisor for Government and Public Interest Law in the Career and Professional Development Office to provide advice for students considering a career path in public interest law.
Duke Law School has a rich array of services for students interested in pursuing careers in the non-profit and government sectors. The services are provided by the Career and Professional Development Center, and also by the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono. Services include:
- individual counseling based on the student's geographic preferences, issue area of interest, and preference for litigation, policy or legislation, among other criteria
- programming to address the more common areas of public interest and government employment
- peer-to-peer counseling from their fellow students who have already had summer work experience, most notably during "Table Talk" on Public Interest Summer Employment Recognition day, and other lunch and breakfast events
- presentations by public interest alumni, including at the overnight Public Interest Retreat and also at lunch programs
- recognition of the services of those students doing summer public sector work, including being honored at a breakfast and having their names and places of employment publicized that day
- books and other resources located in the two departments, and guidance on how to use them
- web-based resources and training on how to use them
- summer grant money so that students can work in public sector jobs that cannot afford to pay them
- a Loan Repayment Assistance Program to assist students in being able to afford public sector jobs
- a reception at the Equal Justice Works job fair for attending students and DC alumni, and a law school program in advance of the job fair explaining why students should attend
- general orientation programs on public interest employment and programs on summer fellowships and post-graduate fellowships
- guidance in selection of their pro bono work and courses such that it will contribute to the public interest job search
- listservs for those students who want fast and unabridged information on jobs, conferences, scholarships
The Career Services Office provides directories and other resources related to Public Interest careers. The Office also hosts programs about various Public Interest careers and pays for students to attend the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.
Assistant Director of Career Services
The school offers a variety of support services including:
- Public Interest Job Search Program (for 2Ls/3Ls in September; for 1Ls in November) -- Introduces students to the public interest job search process, including an explanation of the wide selection of resources at the Career Services Office. Students also learn about job search strategies, summer job ideas, funding, networking, and much more. This program is available only to Emory Law School students
- Extensive public interest careers materials available
- Staff support provided to EPIC - Emory Public Interest Committee
- Co-sponsor (with EPIC) Public Interest Mentor Program
- Facilitate students' participation in federal work study program
- Post public sector job listings on-line for students and alumni
- Georgia Law School Consortium Public Sector Career Fair -- This career fair is geared specifically towards students searching for public interest jobs. It is co-sponsored by the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) and three other Georgia law schools. The career fair generally takes place in February.
The Career Services Office provides specialized counseling and programming for students considering public interest careers. The Office also maintains an active list of public interest career opportunities and posts public interest job openings. The Office also provides students with access to multiple online and paper resources to assist public interest job seekers.
The Career Services Department (CSD) at Florida Coastal takes a proactive role in promoting government and public interest opportunities for students and alumni. In addition to counseling students, each of the CSD counselors has the responsibility of business development. The business development portion of the government and public interest counselor position includes networking with local, state, and national agencies to develop relationships and educate employers about Florida Coastal and our students. Agencies include legal aid offices, public defender offices, state attorney offices, and other non-profit agencies. The dedicated counselor responsible for business development in the areas of government and public interest also attends many national conferences focused on expanding knowledge of recruitment efforts and meeting representatives from various agencies. Conferences in the past have included the ABA Equal Justice Conference, Equal Justice Works, NALP/PSLawNet Public Service Mini-Conference, and Federal Advisor training through the Partnership For Public Service.
Along with our national recruitment efforts, the CSD also internally markets to students about the benefits of government and public interest service. Through one-on-one counseling sessions, group training sessions, and the development of a curriculum discussing how to network and find positions of interest, the CSD strives to encourage each student to consider government or public service as a way to gain experience while working towards a public good. We actively promote clinic, externship, and pro bono opportunities offered through the school at entities including the U.S. Attorney's Office, the city legal department, and various other non-profit agencies. Other efforts for inspiring our students comes from utilizing the talent of practicing attorneys we invite on campus each semester to talk about their work in government and public interest positions. We have held panel presentations on subjects including Exploring Criminal Law, Public Interest Careers, Military Recruitment, and Judicial Clerkships. Employers are additionally invited on campus to conduct interviews of our students as well as to CSD sponsored events such as "The Starting Line" designed to introduce our first year class to the myriad of job opportunities for a law school graduate.
Encouraging exploration in government and public interest is a daily focus of the CSD. In order to keep our law school community aware of news, information, and opportunities available, the CSD maintains a Blog focusing solely on the government and public interest sectors. Updated daily, the Blog has proven to be an excellent vehicle for reaching our students and alumni and maintains a strong, dedicated following. In addition to the Blog, students have access to many resources dedicated to government and public interest including handouts, guides, books, reference material, and an alumni database of individuals working in these public sector arenas.
Florida Coastal's commitment to promoting public service extends to our alumni community as well. After graduation and admission to a state bar, Florida Coastal alumni have the opportunity to apply for a school-sponsored fellowship through the Post-Graduate Public Interest Employment Program. In this Program, selected alumni are matched with legal aid offices across the country taking positions as staff attorneys. In their role as a public interest attorney, Florida Coastal alumni are in a position to provide much needed legal services to members of the community who often go unrepresented. The benefit is not only for the clients of legal aid offices but also extends to the underfunded and often understaffed legal aid providers. Directors at legal aid offices provide excellent feedback on the contributions Florida Coastal alumni are making through their involvement with the Post-Graduate Public Interest Employment Program.
The Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning & Placement Office holds an annual Public Interest and Government Law Resource Fair where representatives from numerous public interest organizations and government agencies come to campus to discuss available career opportunities with law students.
The Placement Office services include individual consultations, workshops, career counseling, e-mail and job board postings for students interested in public interest careers.
Fordham participates in the annual Public Interest Legal Career Symposim which is hosted at NYU Law School in February. Over 250 Fordham students registered for this career fair in 2004-2005.
The Public Interest Resource Center and the Career Planning Center at Fordham - often with co-sponsorship with one or more public interest student organizations - plan and host over 50 public interest career-related programs every academic year. Check the PIRC's on-line calendar of events for more detailed information about these events. https://www.fordham.edu/info/22019/public_interest_resource_center_calendar
The Career Development Office (CDO) coordinates a number of career-related services for students exploring public interest: interview programs (including an interview program held every February that is jointly sponsored by George Washington and Georgetown law schools); job-related announcements through the Public Interest listserv, regular columns in the CDO's newsletter, and eAttorney job postings; programming featuring public interest practitioners; and individual counseling. Jim Lovelace, who is the CDO's Assistant Director, also functions as the Public Interest Liaison.
In addition to coordinating many of Georgetown Law's public interest programs, OPICS is the primary career office for students interested in exploring public interest and government legal opportunities. Through our myriad services and activities, OPICS seeks to foster in all law students a commitment to service that will continue through their legal careers.
OPICS' five professional career advisors meet with hundreds of students and a growing number of alumni each year. The advisors assist with overall public interest career planning, provide information on summer and academic year opportunities and post-graduate employment, review resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and assist with post-graduate fellowship and government honor applications.
The office's recruiting initiatives include three major job fairs each year: the Government Interview Program, held annually in September, the Spotlight on Government Networking Fair, held annually in October and the Public Sector Recruiting Program, conducted jointly with George Washington University Law School and held each year in late January/early February. In addition, we coordinate ongoing public sector resume collections and administer an extensive public sector jobs database.
Our career-related educational programming includes a variety of workshops, information sessions and alumni and employer panels. Each year, we host a series of programs on public interest internships, ongoing public interest panels featuring alumni and local attorney speakers, and a range of topical programs on subjects as diverse as interview preparation, fellowship, and summer funding workshops, and debt management and loan repayment information sessions.
One of our signature programs for incoming students is the Public Interest Fellows Program, which provides a comprehensive support system for public interest-minded students from the first day of law school until graduation.
Center for Professional Development and Career Strategies
The Law Career Services Office (LCS) maintains a resource center with current information about public interest careers, including an online database of employment listings, fellowship opportunities, and pro bono projects. LCS hosts networking events that bring public interest attorneys to campus to meet students and talk about public interest careers and topics. LCS conducts informational sessions on various topics such as funding options for summer public interest employment. LCS offers an extensive resume review service, as well as interviewing and networking skills workshops, to help students obtain the internship or job they desire. LCS offers individualized counseling to students interested in public interest careers and pro bono opportunities.
The Assistant Director for Public Interest Programs sends out a weekly e-newsletter and produces a social media page highlighting public interest events, job opportunities, internships and articles.
Golden Gate is a member of PSLawNet, a global network of more than 120 law schools and 10,000 public service organizations working to foster law student community service and encourage all future lawyers to incorporate public service into their careers. PSLawNet offers comprehensive, current information on a broad range of pro bono and public service opportunities, as well as resources and expertise.
Golden Gate is also a member of One-Justice, an organization dedicated to leading the path in creating more opportunities for students and young lawyers to pursue public interest careers. Membership in One-Justice offers Golden Gate exclusive access to One-Justice benefits, including eligibility for Fellowships and AmeriCorps programs and the annual Conference and Career Fair.
Additionally, Golden Gate participates in and sponsors students to attend the following annual public interest career events:
- Asian American Bar Association Career Day (Underwritten by Kirkland & Ellis LLP)
- Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
- Northern California Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Career Day (PI/PS Day)
- Southern California PI/PS Day
- Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
- Golden Gate University School of Law Summer, Fall and Spring Recruitment Program, including on-campus interviews with public interest employers
- Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Career
- Impact Career Fair
- National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair
- National Latino/a Law Student Association Conference Career Fair
- Vault Legal Diversity Career Fair
- The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair
- The National LGBT Bar Association's annual Lavender Law Career Fair
As part of Gonzaga Law School's Center for Professional Development, the Center for Law in Public Service offers professional development and career counseling opportunities for public interest-oriented students.
The Center for Professional Development and the Center for Law in Public Service offer several presentations about public interest career opportunities throughout the year. Both Centers participate and coordinate Gonzaga law student involvement in the annual Northwest Public Interest Career Fair, the Northwest Minority Career Fair, and host an on-campus career fair at which more than half of participating employers represent public interest organizations.
The Center for Law in Public Service coordinates Gonzaga's law student involvement in statewide Access to Justice Board Committees and related events with the state and local legal services delivery system. This participation creates formal and informal networking opportunities among law students, legal services staff, and public interest leaders around the state. Gonzaga Law sponsors a number of students to attend the annual Goldmark public service luncheon in Seattle, as well as similar events in Spokane.
Public sector employers participate in both the spring and fall On-Campus Interview programs.
The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA), an independent career services office for students and alums interested in public service, provides a wide array of services, including:
Individual advising sessions: Every HLS student is encouraged to sit down for 45 minutes to an hour with one of OPIA's Attorney Advisers or Fellowships Director. OPIA conducts approximately 1200 individual advising sessions per year. Some students come in for multiple advising sessions. The Advisers on staff also review and critique resumes and cover letters and conduct mock interviews.
Our advising staff includes an advisor who focuses exclusively on fellowships. As a result, students and graduates get intensive help identifying the right fellowships to help them land the job of their dreams, preparing their essays and getting ready for their interviews.
Our 1L Advising Initiative, administered jointly by OPIA and the Office of Career Services, is designed to provide individual advising for every 1L during the months of November and December, specifically focused on helping students get oriented and comfortable with the 1L job search process. To further that end, we have a set of self-evaluation materials to help begin the job search process, individual advisors assigned to every student to act as a gateway for career issues during the first year, a schedule of career programs designed specifically for the needs of 1Ls, and practice interviewing sessions with our alumni and other lawyers.
Our advising staff is supplemented by the Visiting Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program. Through this program 8 to 16 outstanding public interest lawyers, who apply to participate, come to campus each year to counsel students one on one. See http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/opia/details.php?id=wasserstein
Programming: OPIA offers a wide variety of panels designed to introduce students to different types of public interest opportunities and provide them with networking with wonderful public interest lawyers. These panels include experienced attorneys from around the globe. OPIA also offers workshops on job search skills geared to the specific demands of the public interest market, as well as events featuring faculty with public interest experience. This past year we sponsored or co-sponsored more than 60 events.
Publications: OPIA has authored several books about public service including: I. Materials we share with others (See http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/opia/details.php?id=section&toc=Publications)
The Public Interest Job Search Guide, Volume I (USA - 400 plus pages) and Volume II (International - 200-plus pages)(updated annually) - largely considered the leading print resource on public interest law.
Alumni In Action, Volumes I and II
And numerous specialty guides, including:
Capitol Hill Guide
Children's Rights Guide
Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Guide
Fast Track to a U.S. Attorney's Office
Careers in Foundations for Lawyers
Careers in Health Law
How to Make the Most of Your Summer Job
Legal Services Guide
National Security Guide
OPIA's Guides to Cheap Living
OPIA's Guide to Conservative/Libertarian Public Service
Pro Bono Guide for Law Students: Evaluating Pro Bono Work in a Law Firm Practice
Private Public Interest and Plaintiff's Firm Guide
Sizing up the Prosecution
Trail Guide to Environmental Legal Careers
Women's Rights Guide
Public Defender Programs
A Day in the Life of Outstanding Public Interest Lawyers
United Nations Guide
II. Materials we use just for HLS Students
Insider's Guide to DOJ
Insider's Guide to Fellowships
Handbook of Public Service Resources for HLS Students
International Public Service Resources for HLS
2L/3L Contact list - lists 2Ls and 3Ls who volunteer to speak to other students about their public service experiences before and during law school.
Resource Center: We operate a vast library of books and directories of public interest and government employers around the world.
On-line resources: Online job postings, including summer internships; online Alumni Mentor Database; online summer evaluations from students who worked for public service employers over the summer; and online bibliography.
Administering supplemental funding sources: OPIA augments the main summer funding program by working with Alumni Associations to provide supplemental summer funding. OPIA also administers several fellowships designed as salary supplements for HLS 3Ls or recent graduates entering public service.
Employer sessions: OPIA hosts employer interviews and information sessions. OPIA works with the Massachusetts Consortium of Law Schools to send students to two annual Public Interest and Government Job Fairs. OPIA also organizes a Student-to-Student Job Fair through which students disseminate information about their summer public interest and government employers to other students.
HLS belongs to the MA Consortium of Law Schools, which comprises career services professionals from the seven accredited MA law schools: HLS, Northeastern, B.U., B.C., Suffolk, New England, and Western New England. Every year, the Consortium sponsors two Public Interest and Government interviewing career fairs. The first fair is held in October and is for 2Ls and 3Ls only. The second fair is in January and includes 1Ls.
In addition to the staff at OPIA, two full-time staff in the Student Financial Services office run the Summer Public Interest Funding Program and the Low Income Protection Plan and provide financial counseling for those considering public service work.
Hofstra Law School's Office of Career Services sponsors several programs throughout the year that are aimed at students considering public interest employment. These programs include, but are not limited to, the annual career services orientation, which includes an introduction to careers with public interest employers; 'Finding and Funding Summer Positions in the Public Sector'; 'Preparing for the NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair'; two (2) externship information sessions and externship fairs, which include government and public interest employers; and an annual career fair, which includes nearly two dozen government and public interest employers. In addition, Hofstra has introduced to its first year orientation a series of programs focusing on the importance of pro bono service, including a fair consisting of local community organizations that are seeking law student assistance and a simulation exercise that requires first year students to examine and solve a social justice issue for a hypothetical client.
In addition to the community organizations fair held during orientation for incoming students, Hofstra Law hosts a Pro Bono and Public Service Fair in October in connection with its participation in the Annual National Pro Bono Celebration sponsored by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. The Fair offers an opportunity for our students and the surrounding community to learn more about volunteer activities available at local non-profit and community organizations and the populations they serve.
Hofstra Law School is one of approximately 20 law schools that participate annually in the Public Interest Legal Career Fair sponsored by New York University School of Law, during which interviews are conducted by nearly 200 public interest organizations. Hofstra Law School also funds the attendance of up to three (3) students at the Peggy Browning Fund National Workers' Rights Conference for Law Students. This conference is geared toward law students who are interested in public sector labor law, and the program consists of, among other things, a networking reception designed to introduce students to public sector employers. Hofstra Law School partially subsidizes the cost of attendance for its students at the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, and funds the attendance of up to five (5) students to attend the National LGBT Bar Association's Career Fair and Conference (formerly Lavender Law), which is held each September. In 2009, Hofstra Law School joined a consortium of Northeast law schools to hold a Washington, DC-based job fair that focused on government and public sector employers. Hofstra Law School co-sponsors an annual Public Interest Career Reception each August in New York City in which approximately 100 public interest employers participate.
The Coordinator of the Equal Justice Program serves as a public interest counselor for the law students. In addition, the Career Services Office offers a several services for students interested in public interest including a mock interview program, resume and cover letter reviews, as well as career counseling.
The Career Services Office has 2 dedicated staff people who work with students in the development of their careers in the public interest and government employment sector. Opportunities offered to students include: individual counseling for a career in public interest law; programs on opportunities in government and public interest law; access to PSLAWNET, a source to find public interest and fellowship information; participation in the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, where employers interview students seeking positions in public interest law; Fellowship application assistance; the opportunity to participate in the annual Equal Justice Works Career Fair held in Washington D.C. as Chicago-Kent College of Law is a member school; various public interest receptions and networking events throughout the year; and Alumni Networking Resources.
In addition, students who enroll in the Public Interest Certificate, are required to develop a Public Interest Career Plan to assess their interests, as well as the skills necessary to achieve their career goals.
Career Related Services:
- Programming: Career Choices series (attorneys from public interest fields discuss practice areas/options); Chicago, New York City and Washington, DC public interest networking trips; jointly-sponsored career exploration programming with public interest student groups; the school also provides administrative support and oversight to the summer public interest internship program.
- Travel assistance provided to students attending the Midwestern Public Interest Law Conference (Chicago, IL) and the Equal Justice Works Conference (Washington, D.C.).
Pro Bono Director provides career advice for students seeking public interest opportunities.
Individual public interest job search counseling for students and alumni
Public interest resources and career planning materials
Public interest job postings
Public interest programming
Public interest publications created by the Career & Professional Development Center
Pro Bono & Public Interest Listserv
Northwest Consortium Public Service Career Fair
Pro Bono & Community Service Fair
The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) actively encourages students to engage in pro bono and community service and to consider positions and careers in public service. The law school subscribes to PSLawNet, which offers comprehensive current information on a wide range of pro bono and public service opportunities.
Students interested in working for public interest organizations, whether for summer internships or permanent employment, can meet with the Career Services Office to determine their interests and career goals and to identify potential employers, both locally and out of state. For the past few years, some of our students have participated in the Equal Justice Works job fair and successfully gained summer internships. Our students also have access to PSLawNet, which includes a vast database of public interest job opportunities. In the fall of 2006, the LSU Law Center designed a public interest virtual job fair and each year close to 30 employers participate. This job fair puts organizations in direct contact with students who have a commitment to pro bono work without having to forego the expense of travel.
Students receive extensive counseling in regards to applying for public interest post-graduate fellowships and Equal Justice Works grants. Students also have full access to materials in the Public Interest Law Department such as PIES (Public Interest Employment Service) listings that are received monthly. The Career Services office also provides numerous workshops on interviewing techniques as well as resume preparation.
Annual UCLA Public Interest Career Day -- The Public Interest Law Department is an active participant in this career fair. Over 100 interviews are granted to Loyola Law School students to interview at this event with various public interest agencies.
Annual Government Careers Information Day
The Public Interest Fair, held every November, involves over fifty public interest organizations who visit the campus and speak with students on a one-on-one basis regarding employment, volunteering, and summer placement.
The Office of Career Services sponsors a variety of programs on public service career-related topics. The programs include programming for public service job searches for returning students, public service job programs for first-year students, specific informational programming on government agencies and public service organizations, funding opportunities, fellowship opportunities, and careers in public service law panels in affiliation with PILS and other student and alumni organizations. In addition, Loyola sponsors the 'Meet the Public Service Employers' Program and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference in conjunction with the other Chicago area law schools, where students can meet representatives from public service organizations.
Louisiana Small Firm & Public Interest Job Fair
Legal Services Directors Meeting held in spring to recruit and inform students about summer public interest opportunities.
Prepared and updated public interest section of the Office of Career Services Student Handbook. Planned public interest seminars, workshops, and guest speakers. Matched students with public interest mentors. Arranged for site visits to introduce students to public interest employers. Helped arrange volunteer summer and school-year internships for students.
The Career Planning Center has an extensive collection of materials to support students interested in a career in public service, including guides for public interest fellowships.
Each year, a Public Interest Career Fair is held in the spring semester to encourage students to explore careers in public service, particularly in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas. This fair is hosted jointly by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School Offices of Career Planning.
This Career Fair offers more than 20 local public interest organizations an efficient vehicle to meet and interview graduating students for permanent employment opportunities and current students for summer positions. With respect to recruitment for summer positions, the parameters of the program are broad. We strive to provide students with quality work experiences that will allow them to hone their lawyering skills in a public interest context.
There is no requirement that the summer internships be paid; however, employers are encouraged to offer stipends whenever possible. Each law school independently offers stipends to a limited number of first- and second-year students who volunteer with public interest organizations. These stipends, however, are insufficient to provide for all living expenses over the course of the summer and are not available to every interested student.
In addition to the Public Interest Career Fair, Marquette Law School subsidizes student participation in the Equal Justice Works national Public Interest Conference and Career Fair in the fall and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference in the spring.
Students interested in public interest fellowships and careers are also given personalized assistance in the application process. Marquette law students and graduates have been successful in securing Presidential Management fellowships, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, and a Peggy Browning Fellowship.
Career services office is available to assist public interest-minded students.
We brought in speakers/attorneys who work for legal aids and for non-profits to discuss their careers and give advice/strategies to enter these arenas.
Hamline's Career Services Offices offers assistance to those students interested in public interest positions after law school, including individual counseling, mock interviewing, resume review, etc. Additionally, the four local law schools collaborate to host a fair highlighting public interest careers and employers.
Career Services Office
New York Law School's Office of Career Services offers a wide variety of activities, events, and programs to provide support to students intending to pursue careers in public interest law. Regularly offered programs include such titles as: Financing a public interest career; How to navigate the Equal Justice Works Career Fair; Government and public interest practice options; Government honors programs; Interviewing at the District Attorney's office; Maximizing your chances at the Public Interest Legal Career Fair; Post-graduate public interest fellowships; and Clerkships. Training sessions are held for PS LawNet/Public Interest job searching, and Lexis searching for opportunities with government agencies and public interest organizations. We are pleased to be among the schools recognized as a Sponsor level member of Equal Justice Works, which gives our students access to student registrations for the EJW annual conference and career fair and the EJW Awards Luncheon.
The Spring Recruitment program conducted by the Office of Career Services is heavily focused on the public sector, where more than 2/3 of the participating employers are government and non-profit employers.
The Office of Career Services also has a designated Public Interest Advisor, an alumni mentoring program that includes alumni participants currently practicing within the public sector, and networking luncheons highlighting alumni who work in various segments of the public sector. The Office of Career Services also has a Resource Center that contains public interest career and informational resources.
One of the most significant benefits is the School's robust summer funding program, where students are awarded 8-10 week stipends to work in unpaid government and non-profit positions. For the Summer of 2009, the School funded more than 190 first- and second-year students working in these fields.
The staff of the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) gives personal guidance to students and alumni focused on public interest or governmental employment, as well as to those seeking to incorporate pro bono work into a career in the private sector. PILC is staffed by full-time lawyers and administrators who assist students in exploring and making career choices and in obtaining summer, school-term, and full-time positions. PILC's counselors are public interest lawyers with impressive resumes who work closely with students to create career strategies to accomplish students' individual goals.
PILC publishes Career Handbooks for each class as well as a Fellowship/Honors Program Handbook, a Public Defender Handbook, a Prosecutor Handbook, and a U.S. Government Handbook. PILC also hosts career workshops throughout the academic year.
The Pro Bono Program is a resource for students seeking counsel on careers in public interest law. We maintain ongoing relationships with more than twenty legal services and public interest law organizations in the area and across the state and regularly publicize their needs for student volunteers and summer interns via electronic bulletin boards and e-mail alerts. The Pro Bono Coordinator provides individual counseling to students seeking public interest law summer internships.
Other Career Related Services:
Presentations by a representative from the state loan repayment assistance program, NC LEAF (Legal Education Assistance Foundation) and by a representative from the NC state government summer internship program.
The Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement (CCOPA) has five full-time Professional Development Advisors (PDAs), all of whom assist students and graduates with public interest career planning and development. One advisor in the office is primarily devoted to working with public interest-minded students and graduates and serves as the office contact for public interest related projects, reporting and initiatives. PDA's help students with their co-op selection strategy, develop a personalized job search plan, review job application materials, connect advisees to resources and information and conduct individual mock-interviews. The office also has a group of graduates who serve as mock-interviewers for students helping them prepare for interviews with government agencies, public interest positions and public defender and/or district attorney's offices.
The Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement offers a core curriculum of public interest/service programs including a Public Interest and Government Practice Series, Post-graduate Public Interest Job Search Process, Summer and Post-graduate Fellowship Information sessions, Satisfying the School of Law's Public Interest Requirement, and Searching for Positions in Government and Small Firms (including public interest firms). As a supplement to these core programs, CCOPA frequently offers a variety of specialty programs focusing on public interest topics and practice including labor and employment law, immigration, child advocacy, public international law, criminal defense and prosecution, legal and law-related careers in the federal government, policy and legislative careers and pro bono opportunities for law students and recent graduates. CCOPA holds occasional brown bag lunches at which NUSL graduates working in domestic or international public interest or government positions speak with students about their work and career paths. CCOPA also invites national fellowship and honors program administrators (including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros and the Department of Justice) to conduct information sessions about their respective programs.
The Office of Financial Aid annually conducts workshops on Debt Management and the school's Loan Relief Assistance Program as well as the federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act. These workshops help students make informed decisions regarding post-graduate career options.
On-line and Print Resources
CCOPA maintains an extensive Resource Library which includes literature and information on public interest/public service careers. It also has a comprehensive on-line Resource Library with links to various public interest websites and resources; in-house publications including a Fellowship, Public Interest and Government Job Search Handbook; and audio casts of public interest programs that have been presented at the law school. CCOPA uses Symplicity, a web-based database, to post its job listings. CCOPA receives and publicizes hundreds of public interest, government and fellowship listings annually.
Recruitment Programs and Job Fairs
CCOPA invites government and public interest employers to interview third year and LLM students on-campus during a special Public Interest and Government Employer Week the first week in October as well as other times during the year upon request. Northeastern also co-sponsors two Government/Public Interest Recruitment Programs, as part of the Massachusetts Law School Consortium in the fall and winter each year. Through these programs, students have the opportunity to interview for summer and post-graduate positions with government and public interest employers exclusively. The office also notifies students, helps prepare them for and provides some financial support to attend a variety of career fairs across the country in which public interest and government employers participate.
Office of Career Opportunities & Professional Development
NIU College of Law
Swen Parson Hall - Room 280
DeKalb, IL 60115
The Career Development Office offers students assistance and support through a variety of resources and programs related to public interest careers. The Career Development Office annually subscribes to PSLawNet. In addition, the law school is a member of Equal Justice Works. Chase students have received university funding to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.
The Center for Career Strategy and Advancement has an experienced Public Interest Advisor who works with students in all aspects of their public interest job searches. The Public Interest Advisor spent many years practicing as a public interest lawyer prior to joining the law school. In addition to individual counseling and assistance, the Public Interest Advisor offers a wide variety of presentations on public interest law throughout the year. Topics include applying for post-graduate public interest fellowships, the public interest job search, working as a government lawyer, and relationships between public interest lawyers and pro bono attorneys in firms. The Public Interest Advisor also prepares written information for public interest students, including a fellowship handbook, websites for public interest job searches, and information on financing a summer public interest job.
The Career Center is one of the co-sponsors of Public Interest Law Week, a week in the fall term devoted to public interest programming. The Public Interest Advisor participates in the planning of Public Interest Week with the Public Interest Law Group, a student group devoted to public interest issues. The Career Center maintains a database of available public interest jobs, extensive files on public interest employers across the country, files on post-graduate and summer fellowship opportunities, and a wide variety of books and other sources on public interest employers.
The law school hosts the annual Midwest Public Interest Career Conference, a job fair for hundreds of students at law schools across the Midwest.
- Individualized and extensive public interest counseling.
- Public interest resource research assistance.
- Posts and maintains a bulletin board solely focused on public interest.
- Sponsor attendance to Equal Justice Works Career Fair in Washington, D.C., Midwest Public Interest Career Conference and Gateway to Diversity (in conjunction with the Indiana Supreme Court).
- Provide support to on-campus, student-run public interest groups.
- Announce and support the majority of nationwide public interest related job fairs, retreats, seminars and programs.
- Organize fall public interest table talk panel/discussion (OCI supplement).
- Provide spring on-campus interviewing for public interest and government employers.
- Professional Development Day (public interest alumni networking).
- Integrate public interest/public sector in legal career panels.
- Co-sponsor the Midwest Public Interest Legal Career Conference.
- Host and cosponsor public interest career seminars and workshops.
- Arrange presentations by local public interest attorneys and organizations.
- Participate in regional public interest job fairs and retreats.
- Organize judicial clerkship programming.
- Organize and provide practice interview programs.
- Career Services Web Page w/portion dedicated to public interest sites (links to many public interest web pages).
- Manage and provide a public interest job bank.
- Manage and provide public interest data sheets on numerous public entities (federal, state and local government, legal aid, non-profits, etc).
- Provide resource center with numerous library resources dedicated to public interest topics.
- Member of several major public interest organizations (e.g. NALP, PSLawNet, Equal Justice Works) and the Chicago Consortium of Law Schools.
For more information, contact Alexandria Lewis, Public Interest Career Counselor, (574) 631-7542 or E-mail.
Public interest career counseling is provided by Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs. The Career and Professional Development Office also provides resources to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the public sector.
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law annually holds a Public Interest Law Day. Public Interest Law Day brings federal, state, and local public sector organizations to campus for students to learn more about the organizations and about the different pro bono, internship, clinical, fellowship, and employment opportunities available.
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law also provides programming, which is held throughout the academic year and includes topics related to public interest law.
The Moritz College has a Director of Public Service and Public Interest Programs, (housed in the Career Services Office) as well as a faculty public interest liaison, who serves as advisor to related student groups. All career counselors are kept up to date on public interest opportunities and counsel in that area, while the Director focuses on direct legal service placements, government programs and entry level hiring, post-graduate fellowships and judicial clerkships, as well as serving as the Loan Repayment Assistance Program Coordinator. The Career Service Office subscribes to PSLAWNET, the Government Honors & Internship Handbook, and a variety of other online and print resources, and pays the registration fees for interested students to attend off-campus public interest career fairs such as the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington DC, and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference in Chicago, to name a few. Some travel reimbursement has been available for attending interviews and career fairs out of state, and will be reviewed annually to see if funds are still available. Public Interest Opportunity Forum held annually on-campus in early spring for all students.
The Professional and Career Development Center collects and disseminates information regarding employment opportunities and assists students and graduates with the development of strategies to secure employment. Services provided include resource materials, general counseling and on-campus interviewing opportunities, participation and sponsorship of specialized job fairs, mentor programs, individualized public interest career counseling, and public interest panels or networking events.
The office funds annual memberships to NALP, PSLawNet, and Equal Justice Works.
The Center provided public interest counseling and resources to students and alumni, and organized public interest career events for students.
Career fairs in which students attend include the following:
The Equal Justice Works Career Fair (www.equaljusticeworks.org/careerfair);
The NYU Public Interest Legal Career Symposium and Career Fair (https://its.law.nyu.edu/pilc/lcfs/);
The Northeast Consortium Job Fair in Washington, D.C. http://www.nalp.org/content/index.php?pid=98
The director of public interest programming and the Career Services Office coordinate to provide career assistance to public interest minded students. Specialized counseling is available through the Director and the Law School participates in a number of local, regional and national public interest events designed to encourage public interest career opportunities. These events include sponsorship for students' attendance at the Robert M Cover Public Interest Law Retreat, the greater Philadelphia area Public Interest / Public Service Career Fair and Sponsor level membership in Equal Justice Works.
Students receive extensive counseling with respect to potential Public Interest opportunities and are provided information on summer funding sources and on possible fellowships and Equal Justice Works grants. More students participated in UCLA's Public Interest Career Day than ever before, with an increasing number of students receiving job offers in public service, community and human rights related work. The Career Development Office also encourages students to attend out of area Job Fairs focused on Public Interest opportunities.
Pepperdine participates in the yearly UCLA Public Interest Career Day held in February. More than 100 students registered for the event this year.
The school also participates in Loyola's Government Career Day held in February.
Promote and publicize grant and fellowship opportunities through Career Services Office newsletters and postings; Organize, support and promote student and attorney led panel discussions on public service careers, featuring state attorneys general,public defenders, and prosecutors; Coordinate and publicize Information Sessions with attorneys working for federal and state governmental agencies and military; Actively manage and expand Sappern Fellowship program providing students with the opportunity to assist individuals in the local family court with temporary restraining orders and pro se divorces; Support and encourage attendance at annual NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair
These services are included within the general Career Services Office.
The Career Development Office hosts public interest law speakers who include national, state and local public interest attorneys and leaders. Students also speak on panels about their summer public interest experiences. The office of Career Development also hosts brown bags and panel discussions throughout the academic year; several programs each semester are dedicated to public interest employment opportunities.
Other Public Interest Job Fairs & Networking Opportunities include:
Equal Justice Works Job Fair (Washington, D.C., October)
New York University School of Law Public Interest Job Fair (February)
The Rhode Island State Government Internship Program: Each fall, 1L and 2L students are invited to interview on-campus with the RI State Government Internship Program for both summer and academic-year internships. All students, but particularly 1L students, are strongly encouraged to participate in this program to gain practical experience, explore their interests, and make connections in the legal community.
The Exploring Your Options event, hosted by Career Development, is for attorneys to share information with our students about what it is like to work in different areas of the legal industry. Students go from table to table at allotted times, similar to a speed networking environment. Attorneys offer insight about their particular areas of practice and advice regarding work experiences, course selection and activities students should participate in during law school that would best prepare them for a career in a particular area.
Within the Office of Career Services, there is a dedicated public interest counselor who works with students interested in pursuing a public interest career. In addition to one-on-one counseling, the OCS provides programming and resources on a variety of public interest topics, including summer internships and post-graduate fellowships, and assists students interested in attending annual public interest career fair and conferences, including:
- NYU Public Interest Job Fair
- Equal Justice Career Fair and Conference
- Peggy Browning Conference
The OCS also provides written materials, such as the "Public Interest Handbook" and "Post-Graduate Fellowship Application Guide" and subscribes to numerous online and print resources to assist students in planning their career paths. These include:
- Public Policy Handbook
- University of Arizona Government Honors and Internship Handbook
- PSLawNet's Post-Graduate Fellowship Guide
The Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs provides public interest career counseling, as do other members of the Office of Career Services staff. They provide careful guidance for students applying for public interest fellowships.
Rutgers also encourages and supports students' attendance at the Equal Justice Works Career Fair, and other public interest job fairs.
With the other area law schools, the Law School sponsors a Public Interest Public Service (PIPS) Job Fair each year in Philadelphia.
Counselors in the law school's Career Development Office meet with students interested in pursuing a public interest career and provide many resources, guides and programs designed to help students with public interest career planning.
Each Fall the law school hosts a Public Interest Law Career Fair wherein table top and individual interviews are conducted. In both the Fall and Spring Semesters, the school hosts various public interst employers to interview its students. Employers participating include, but are not limited to Legal Services, Habitat for Humanity, as well as both federal and state public defender's offices.
Other Career Related Services include:
The school participates in various public interest career fairs across the country, including but not limited to the Equal Justice Works Conference each fall. The law school typically pays the registration fees of these career fairs. The school also has funding to help defray the students' travel costs to attend these events.
The Office of Career Services and the Public Interest Law Group also sponsors numerous programs where public interest attorneys speak to students about their careers. Each year, both host Public Interest Career Night where dozens of employers talk to students on an informal basis about public interest opportunities. Career Services also provides one-on-one assistance for students applying for public interest jobs.
Office of Career Services Director
Tel: (210) 436-3511
Fax: (210) 436-3643
Public sector career counseling is provided by Pam E. Rogers, Esq., Public Sector Career Counselor. The Office for Career Development also provides resources to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the public sector. St. Thomas Law holds the Pro Bono & Public Service Fair annually in February. This Fair brings together federal, state, and local public sector organizations to educate students about public interest law and recruit them for internships, externships, and postgraduate opportunities. St. Thomas Law also provides Lunch & Learn Programming. This Programming is held every week during the academic year and includes diverse topics including those related to public interest law. For more information, visit: www.stu.edu/law/careers
Cumberland's Career Services Office offers programs throughout the year designed to give students the information and resources necessary to pursue a career in the public interested sector. Each year the Career Services Office also hosts a Public Interest Career Fair where organizations across the country collect resumes and answer questions regarding the work they do. Participants include government agencies, branches of the military, special advocacy groups, and legal aid organizations.
Public Interest Law Career Services (PILCS) is a division within the Law Career Services department. The PILCS coordinators are Santa Clara Law students who are dedicated to helping Santa Clara Law students and graduates identify legal employment and pro bono volunteer opportunities in the public interest and social justice fields. PILCS provides resources and counseling for job searches, internships, fellowships and volunteer positions in public interest related fields. Additionally, the Law School participates in the Northern California Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Careers Day, one of the largest public interest career fairs in the United States.
Pacific Northwest Public Interest Career Fair: Offers myriad opportunities for students, alumni, government agencies, public interest and public service employers.
Northwest Public Service Fair
Center for Social Justice
For more information, contact Professor Fisher.
Pro Bono Service Program
For more information, contact Professor Ross.
All Public Interest Career support is coordinated through the Career Resources Center, under the direction of Assistant Dean Reginald Green. Typical programs include public interest job fairs as well as individual student counseling.
The Director of Public Service provides career counseling to students pursuing careers in public interest.
The Career Services Office publishes and updates a "Guide to Public Interest Opportunities in California" each year. Additionally, workshops were offered on obtaining positions in the public interest. Individual counseling sessions are also available to discuss careers in public interest law. The Career Services Office Library also includes a wide variety of materials to assist students in evaluating and obtaining public interest careers.
In conjunction with other area law schools, Southwestern sponsors Public Interest Career Day and Government Career Day. Each event contains a large networking and interviewing component. Southwestern hosts its own Public Interest Employer Fair in conjunction with Southwestern's Public Interest Law Week.
Stanford Law School offers dedicated public interest career services through the Levin Center, which has five full-time staff members. All five staff provide individualized career counseling for summer and permanent employment and assistance with fellowship applications. The Levin Center also runs a mock interview program with local public interest attorney volunteers, faculty and alumni mentoring programs, and a wide range of panels and workshops featuring public interest attorneys.
With other local law schools, we also co-sponsor the annual Northern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Fair, which draws over 100 employers each year. Stanford Law School students are also eligible to receive travel stipends to attend the annual Equal Justice Works conference in DC.
The Career Development Office has several directories and publications available in the office that can help guide students in their search for public service employment. Public interest careers are featured along with regular careers. Director of Career Development Cathy Fitch serves as one of our Equal Justice Works advisors. Each year, she attends the Equal Justice Works Conference and is a resource for the students at the Equal Justice Works Career Fair.
The Office of Student Life and the Office of Career Development work individually with students who have specific public interest goals.
Experienced, dedicated attorneys on the Rappaport Center staff work closely with students to identify both summer and post-graduate employment opportunities that best match their interests. The Rappaport Center's resources include:
- Career development programs and informational sessions relating to public service opportunities
- One-on-one career counseling and advising services
- Guidance regarding Suffolk Law and other fellowship opportunities, scholarships, and loan forgiveness programs
- Connections to the extensive network of Suffolk Law alumni involved in public service
- Weekly e-newsletters with public service employment, programming, and resource information
- A comprehensive public service resource library
Suffolk Law School also participates annually in two Government and Public Interest Recruitment Programs organized through the Massachusetts Law School Consortium. These job fairs provide an excellent opportunity for Suffolk Law students to interview with federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations for summer internships and post-graduate employment.
The Law School's Career Services Office has a Public Interest Coordinator (Dawn Skopinski) and a Student Assistant for Public Interest. In concert with the Career Services office, these individuals coordinate public interest career panels and provide individual counseling and assistance to students interested in public interest careers.
The Career Services Office, faculty, local and specialty bar associations (e.g. WNY Chapter of the Women Bar Association of the State of NY (WBASNY) and WNY Chapter of the Minority Bar Associations) and student groups sponsor job fairs, and career panels. Summer public interest fellows also make panel presentations.
The Law School also supports and encourages students to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference and the NYU Public Interest/Public Sector Legal Career Symposium.
Syracuse University College of Law, through its Professional & Career Development Office:
- Offers a subscription to PSLawNet (Public Service Law Network Worldwide) to students and alums
- Belongs to Equal Justice Works and sends students to the annual Career Fair in Washington, D.C.
- Sends students to the NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair
- Has a number of books that list various public interest opportunities, such as PSLawNet's The Comprehensive Fellowship Guide and Harvard Law School's Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide Vol. I and Vol. II, amongst others
- Has one person in that office designated as a public interest career counselor, although all counselors in the office have the ability to counsel students and alums interested in public service
- Offers various public interest programming throughout the year
- Offers collaborative programming with other departments such as the clinics to offer students the opportunity to network with alums working in the public sector
- Subscribes to the Government Honors & Internship Handbook for student access
- Hosts a mid-year Mock Interview Program with local public sector employers
- Offers students a comprehensive Public Interest Job Search Guide
- Conducts a Washington, D.C. job fair that offers students an opportunity to apply to government employers
Prior to the Spring of 2005, Temple did not have a staff member in the Office of Career Planning solely or primarily dedicated to public interest. Public interest assistance was primarily located in the Office of Public Interest Programs. Temple decided in early 2005 to restructure its public interest resources and hire a Director of Public Interest Programs (the Director) to work in the office of Career Planning and the Office of Public Interest Programs was closed. The Director is responsible for all career services for public interest as well as coordinating the school's pro bono program.
Temple, along with The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Villanova Law School, Rutgers University at Camden Law School, Widener University Law School and Penn State Dickinson Law School, hosted the annual Public Interest Public Service Career Fair in February 2005. This all day career fair gathered public interest and public service employers from the region and beyond to interview our students for summer and full time positions. Information interviews and career planning sessions were also held as part of the Fair.
The career services office co-sponsors Public Service Career Day hosted and sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law. During Public Service Career Day, students have an opportunity to interview with public interest and government employers for available summer and permanent positions. Students can also network with and gather information from public interest organizations.
In addition, Equal Justice Day is an event presented by the law school's student services and career services office and is similar to a job fair. Over twenty local public interest employers are set up at table in our conference center and talk to students about working with their organization. Students can apply to work for these employers to fulfill their pro bono requirement prior to graduation or can apply to work with them during the summers and throughout the school year.
The Career Services Offices maintains listings of employment opportunities with public interest organizations and provides information to students regarding public interest organizations, internship opportunities and public interest career fairs.
In cooperation with the Student Public Interest Initiative, Career Services sponsors a Public Interest Career panel that highlights public interest employment opportunities.
The Law School provides information about public interest grants to students exploring public interest careers.
Public Interest Career Day
Government Career Information Day
Co-sponsor of UCLA Public Interest Fair
Cooley's Career and Professional Development Office provides planning and assistance to students and alumni at all stages of their career development. The Career and Professional Development Office provides substantial public interest career support.
The Career Office maintains an extensive public interest resource section, including a dedicated part of its website.
Touro is one of the sponsoring schools for the NYU Public Interest Job Fair. We also participate in the New York City Bar Public Interest Career Event.
Annually, we bring NY metropolitan area public interest employers to campus.
Tulane Law School's Career Development Office (CDO) has one career counselor assigned to be CDO's point person on public service opportunities. The CDO website includes sections on public interest and fellowship opportunities as well as government opportunities, and the office provides a variety of resources beyond counseling to students interested in public service careers. The Career Development Office sponsors several public interest-oriented speaker panels each year in conjunction with student groups on campus. Also, each year the CDO public interest counselor accompanies a large group of students to the Washington DC Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. The CDO also sponsors students to attend the Peggy Browning Fund Conference each year.
Akron Law offers the following services:
- Career consultations relative to public interest areas and programs inclusive of the Public Interest Fellowship Program.
- Clinical Seminars which take place exclusively in governmental, public sector or not-for-profit entities.
- The Bliss Institute of The University of Akron which assists in the placement of students in government, interest group and lobbying organizations.
Akron Law's Career Planning & Placement Office provides the following services:
- Posts, through a variety of sources, including the Symplicity job database and multiple forms of social media, public interest job opportunities as they are received.
- Career counseling regarding how to identify and obtain public interest careers, including opportunities for attorneys, law clerks, and fellowships.
- Coordinates and hosts an annual Government and Public Interest Law Information Fair in March.
- Hosts panels and speakers on public interest practice areas.
- A library containing a multitude of print and electronic media concerning public interest careers and career opportunities.
- Coordinates registration for Akron Law students who wish to attend and participate in the Annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Job Fair and the Midwest Public Interest Career Fair.
- Coordinates and announces through a variety of sources, various public interest career fairs.
- Provides PSJD to students and alumni.
- Provides students with resources and counseling regarding Akron Law's clinical opportunities and the externship program.
The Director of the Public Interest Institute is responsible for finding employment opportunities and helping students with career placements in public interest jobs, including government, judicial and non-traditional/alternative (i.e. - public policy and social justice) jobs. In addition, the Director is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with various public-interest groups and organizations throughout the country.
The Director oversees all non-private employment opportunities for students, including all governmental, judicial, and public interest law jobs. The Director gathers information about job opportunities, meets with prospective employers and hiring managers, meets with and advises students, organizes and presents programs to students about such employment opportunities, and serves as the resource person for such employment opportunities to Law School alumni.
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Interviews, notices of jobs and fellowships. See opportunities www.law.ua.edu/pubinterest/info.php?re=projects
Arizona Law's Career Development Office provides numerous services to students who are interested in pursuing careers in the public interest and government sectors. These services include individualized counseling, lunchtime networking programs that involve government and public sector leaders throughout Arizona, publications designed to help with public sector and government job searches and in crafting application materials, and more.
Additionally, the Career Development Office hosts the annual Sonoran Desert Public Sector Interview Program, where students and alumni can interview with over fifty employers and can visit information tables for another ten or so. This program is limited to public interest and government employers only. We also welcome government and public interest employers at our regional Interviewing Programs in Las Vegas, Denver, Albuquerque, and Tucson.
Students participate in off-campus job fairs in Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C., in order to increase interview opportunities for those interested in public interest positions.
The Career Services Office offers specialized counseling for students and alumni interested in public interest careers. The public service sector is broadly defined and includes a variety of legal employers including government agencies, prosecutors, public defenders, and other not-for-profits working with and advocating for individuals historically under-represented by our legal system. In addition to specialized counseling and programming, students are supported in seeking summer employment, fellowships and post graduate work. The School of Law subsidizes participation in the Equal Justice Works Job Fair, the Officer also works to identify and develop public interest externship opportunities.
The Career Development Office (CDO) promotes and coordinates employment opportunities in public service, the private sector and alternative careers. The CDO provides workshops, handbooks and extensive information and counseling on public interest careers, including summer jobs, fellowships, government jobs, career paths and financing of public interest careers. An Assistant Director of Career Development is dedicated to assisting students focused on a career in public interest, including Fellowship opportunities.
For more information, please visit the UCI Law Career Development Office website at: http://law.uci.edu/career_dev/index.html
For information, contact Kimberly Thomas, Public Interest Coordinator, Career Services at (530) 754-5719.
Berkeley Law's Career Development Office (CDO) has two dedicated full-time public interest career advisors, and an additional full-time government career advisor. The Career Development Office provides extensive individualized counseling services and support for developing a public interest career, including applying to post-graduate public interest fellowships, government honors programs, and private public interest law firms. Throughout the year, the Career Development Office presents public interest and public sector-oriented career programming targeted to each class year, sponsoring events that bring a wide range of public interest and government employers to the law school and teach students fundamental public interest and government job search skills. The CDO also coordinates a public interest mentorship program, co-hosts the Public Interest/Public Sector Externships &Career Fair--which allows students to meet informally with public interest employers --and maintains a list of public interest/sector alumni contacts. The CDO also administers Berkeley Law's Post-Graduate Public Interest/Public Sector Bridge Fellowship and the Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellowship, both of which fund recent Berkeley Law graduates in public interest placements, allowing them to build practice skills and gain experience during the year following graduation. For more information, please contact the Berkeley Law Career Development Office at (510) 642-4567 or email@example.com.
Associate Director for Public Interest and Clerkship Programs
Fairuz provides individualized career counseling. Job listings are available through the Office of Career and Professional Development and are tailored to student interest.
UC Hastings hosts the annual Public Interest Public Center Career Day, http://www.one-justice.org/pips, one of the largest public interest law career fairs in the country. More than 100 employers representing local, state, and federal agencies, as well as public interest organizations doing class action work, direct legal services, legislative, and community work come to interview and meet with students.
The careers counselors of the University of Chicago Law School include a dedicated public interest law advisor. Counselors offer critical assistance to students and alumni pursuing work in the public and nonprofit sectors, including government service, postgraduate fellowships, or international placements.
The Law School offers:
- Individual counseling and resources for current students and alumni
- A dedicated public interest counselor to review resumes and cover letters, develop career plans and job search strategies, counsel on public service resources and alternatives, and help guide career-related decision making
- An extensive public service resource center with publications and a wealth of online intranet material
- Assistance for student groups, including The Chicago Law Foundation and the Public Interest Law Society
- Postgraduate fellowship application assistance
- Programming throughout the year on a variety of public service job topics, including fellowships, government careers, and funding
- Institutional membership in Equal Justice Works, providing access to information and programs such as the Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Equal Justice Works Summer Corps, and the Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair
- Registration for, and travel grants to, the Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair
- Promotion of and participation in other public service job fairs including The National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair, Cook County State's Attorney's Office Prosecutorial Opportunities symposium, City of Chicago Legal Job Fair, and the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Pro Bono and Community Service Volunteer Fair
- Participation in the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference and the Chicago Area Law Schools Consortium's Public Service Employers Reception
- Job postings through Symplicity and on the Public Service ListServ
- Membership with PSJD, including an online directory to public interest organizations and job postings
- On-line subscriptions access to the Government Honors and Internships Handbook and Opportunities in Public Affairs
- Access to an Alumni Public Interest Law Network & Directory
- Debt management and financial planning assistance
The Public Service Coordinator and Counselor is available to provides public interest career counseling, as does Assistant Dean Mina Jefferson. Programs vary annually, but recently the focus has been on post-graduate fellowships.
Other Career Related Services:
- Judicial Clerkship Luncheon
- Volunteer Opportunities Luncheon
- Fellowship Program
- Immigration Seminar for Su Casa volunteers
- Midwest Public Interest Job Fair
- Cook County Prosecutorial Symposium
- Equal Justice Works
Each year, the Office of Career Development welcomes nearly 70 employers to Colorado Law to interview students for summer clerkships, entry-level attorney positions, or internships. Participating employers include law firms, corporate legal departments, government legal offices, and public interest organizations. Colorado Law also co-sponsors the CU/DU Government & Public Interest Law Career Fair with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The fair alternates annually between Denver and Boulder. The CU/DU Career Fair provides an excellent forum for students and employers to meet and discuss opportunities available in these fields. This event, which has an on-campus interview component for summer and post-graduate employment, brings approximately 45-50 public interest and government employers to the schools' campuses. On average, 20-25% of the employers attending the Career Fair participate in the interview portion of this event. Past employers have included the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Denver Center for Crime Victims, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense, U.S. Secret Service, DNA - People's Legal Services, Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, and the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, to name a few.
The Office of Career Development annually publishes a directory containing a listing of public interest legal organizations in Colorado that typically hire intern, externs, and volunteers. This publication has, and continues, to serve as a tremendous resource for our students who wish to pursue public interest careers. It is listed on the main Career Development website along with other job search resources and funding opportunities for those interested in public interest work. The Office also helps facilitate externships and volunteer opportunities for students interested in public interest and pro bono work. Specifically, the Office also annually co-hosts Public Interest Week in the fall semester with the Public Interest Students Association to bring various public interest practitioners to campus to talk about different public interest career paths. A "Funding Summer Public Interest Internships and Careers" workshop is also presented in the fall semester. Throughout the year, the Office also hosts various public interest speakers at the Law School for information sessions, which have included the Colorado Public Defender's Office, the Native American Rights Fund, Colorado Legal Services, the Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County, and Western Resource Advocates, to name a few.
Colorado Law students attend the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair in Washington, DC, where our law students have the opportunity to meet with and interview with more than 125 national public interest and government employers. Students also have access to The IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities, as well as The Lavender Law Conference.
The Office of Career Services, as home to the Law School's Public Interest Resource Center, provides assistance to students seeking a career in public interest/public service. While the entire counseling staff is equipped to help public interest minded students, the Assistant Director serves as the primary contact for such students.
The Office of Career Services also administers a Pro Bono Fund designed to help defray the costs incurred by students attending public interest/public service job fairs. Since the Fund was established, the Office of Career Services has been able to host an annual public service job fair as well as many other events devoted exclusively to careers in public interest law.
Additional details about current career-related public interest/public service events can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
UDSL hosted a number of workshops and programs designed to educate students about the multiple virtues of available public service employment opportunities.
The Public Sector Team (currently comprised of two people) within the Office of Career Development and Opportunities works to provide information and increase awareness about the public interest and public service legal community, public interest and public service job opportunities, and accessibility to funding for such work. The office sports various programs and events to bring in practitioners and potential employers, hosts an Annual Public Interest and Government Career Fair, conducts mock interviews and informational interviews, and helps with cover letters and resumes. For more info, visit this site.
The Center for Career Services provides counseling and resources to students exploring and/or committed to public interest careers. We manage the Pro Bono Project, the Community Service Project, the Externship Program, and fellowships.
Our students can attend the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair, www.equaljusticeworks.org.
The UGA School of Law Office of Career Services actively supports those seeking opportunities in the public interest path through targeted interview programs, forums with public interest lawyers, knowledge of finance options for public interest careers, free access to PSLawNet (an international subscription database of public interest organizations and job announcements) and public service alumni mentoring program.
Specific programs include:
- Public Interest Career Forum - Over 50 public employers host information tables and conduct job interviews.
- Visiting Career Consultant - Alumni in various fields, including public interest, share their employment experiences with students.
- Equal Justice Works Membership - The School of Law pays annual membership dues to Equal Justice Works so its students can partake in EJW events and initiatives to learn more about public service career opportunities.
The Career Development Office provides career & fellowship counseling and promotes public interest through lunch time panels during Public Interest Week. We host 50+ agencies and organizations in our annual Government and Public Interest Table Talk. Many of our students also attend the Texas Public Service Career Day and the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.
The Director of the law school's Career Services Center works in cooperation with the student-run Public Interest Law Group to assist students who wish to pursue a career in public interest law.
Northwest Consortium Public Interest Career Fair
The Office of Career Services is dedicated to assisting students in their pursuits of public interest opportunities. Whether the student is genuinely committed, generally interested, or even just curious, the Office is available to assist in providing information, tools, and options for consideration and use by students and alumni. Some of the primary resources include:
- On-Line Job Posting Board
Career Services solicits and receives information regarding part-time, summer, or full-time positions. These job openings are listed on the on-line Job Posting Board system. Jobs on the Job Posting Board can be sorted by type, including public interest and government positions.
- Public Interest Employer Files
In the Public Interest section of the Career Services Resource Center, there is a system of file cabinets containing information about organizations and offices offering Summer internships or employment upon graduation. These files are not a complete listing of all public interest or government employers, but include organizations that typically hire law students or look for graduating law students. The files are an excellent resource on programs and projects offered by various employers. Students will find contact information and application instructions in many of the files. This information is now being compiled into a database cross-referenced by employer and topic.
- Programs, Panels, and Workshops
Throughout the year, Career Services hosts a wide array of programs on public interest practice and navigating the public interest job search process. Speakers often are practitioners and other experts involved in the public sector. These programs provide students with opportunities to learn about the legal profession, network, and enhance their employability. The public interest schedule culminates with Public Interest Month, a series of programs emphasizing the diversity of public interest law.
Past Public Interest Months programs have included topics such as pro bono work in the legal field, legal aid and clinics, environmental law, criminal justice, government practice, and summer internship panels.
- Career Fairs and Conferences
Career fairs and conferences provide opportunities to learn about legal fields, network with employers, and sometimes interview for jobs. There are an endless number of public interest career fairs and conferences that occur each year. A few examples of career fairs that College of Law students are invited to include:
- University of Illinois College of Law Alumni-Student Career Conference
At this annual event, approximately fifty alumni come to campus to discuss a wide variety of career issues including public interest related opportunities. Usually held in late January, this event provides students with excellent opportunities for networking and advice.
- Equal Justice Works Public Interest Career Fair
Each year in the Fall EJW hosts an annual public interest law conference, career fair, and awards dinner to broaden, support, and recognize the efforts and participation of public interest minded law students, lawyers, and advocates. Students are given the opportunity to interview with employers and to chat formally with practitioners representing a variety of interests.
- Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference
This career fair, typically conducted during the Winter months, brings together law students and public sector employers. Opportunities for formal interviews and "table talk" are available. This program has been described as the way to get a public interest job in the Midwest.
The Book Room located in the Career Services office contains an extensive library of books related to public interest law and finding public interest employment. New books are often being added and can be checked out. Career Services also makes available a Public Interest Handbook, which provides students with an introductory basis from which they can then personalize their individual public interest career path. This handbook includes an introduction into public interest law, general job search resources, web based job resources, information on fellowships, funding, academic credit, and tips for locating and securing public interest employment.
- Career Counseling
The Assistant Dean for Career Services, Director for Career Services, and Public Interest Coordinator are available by appointment to discuss any career planning and employment concerns relating to public interest. Students can obtain assistance in the areas of resume and cover letter writing, interview techniques, job search strategies, and career alternatives.
The College supports public interest job fairs, mentoring programs, individual public interest career counseling, public interest panels, and networking events.
- 1L Mentor Program includes attorneys practicing public interest law;
- Annual Legal Career Options Day includes attorneys practicing public interest law, such as attorneys with local, state and federal government agencies, prosecutors and public defenders, and several members of the judiciary;
- "Meet the Attorneys" Speaker Series sponsors at least five public interest-related panel discussions each year;
- Mock Interview program includes representatives of public interest law;
- Office of Career Services authored a Public Interest Directory that focuses on local and regional opportunities, and;
- Government Agencies Career Fair held every March.
The Associate Dean for Career Services (Susan Steele, 859-257-8320) provides careers counseling for students interested in pursuing careers in public interest law.
Support is provided by Laurel Hajek, Assistant Dean for the Office of Professional Development at (502) 852-6096 or E-mail.
The Career Development Office hosts various panel programs, brown bag lunches and career fairs focusing on the practice of public interest law throughout the academic year. For example, an annual Public Interest Week celebration held in October hosts speakers regarding public interest opportunities; and the Office provides resources on how to fund summer and post-graduate public interest opportunities. Two Annual spring Public Interest Career Fairs and promotion of fall EJW Public Interest Fair. The Office also provides counseling, program planning and resources for students and alumni interested in public interest careers.
The Career Services Office staff assists students interested in careers in public interest law with the development of strategies to secure employment meeting their career goals. The staff does so by providing resource materials, individual career counseling, assistance writing resumes and cover letters, development of networking skills, interview preparation, on campus interviewing opportunities, specialized public interest job fairs, public interest panels, and networking events.
The Director of Public Interest Law Programs works closely with the law school's Public Interest Law Fellows and other students interested in careers in public interest law, through one-on-one meetings as well as by engaging students in a wide range of public service events and projects in the community.
Additionally, as an Equal Justice Works and a PSJD member law school, the law school's students have access to an extensive array of public interest law career resources, as well as full access to other public interest resources regarding specific fellowship, judicial clerkship, public policy and other government positions to which the Career Services Office subscribes.
The Public Interest Counselor in the Career Services Office provides guidance to students on careers in public interest, along with publishing resources and job opportunities in the public interest field.
The Career Development Office (CDO) provides support/guidance to students interested in public interest/ public service careers. HOPE and the CDO also sponsor numerous programs throughout the year focused on highlighting pathways to employment in the public interest.
OPS is dedicated to helping students and graduates integrate public service with their professional development and to guide those wishing to pursue careers in government or public interest. The OPS professionals work intensively with students pursuing careers in public service to help those students use their years at Michigan Law to position themselves for public service careers. OPS doesn't limit itself to just helping students find public interest or government summer internships; we work with students on course selection, identifying recommenders, fellowships, funding and everything that goes into making a Michigan Law student the best public service attorney. With the aid of Michigan Law's extensive network of alumni as well as job search resources such as Michigan Law's Jobnet, the Making a Difference Public Interest Guide, NALP's PSLawNet, and a host of other web-based resources, OPS provides Michigan Law students with the information they need to shape a career in public service. Finally, OPS works with the many active student groups to present topical workshops and to develop and implement pro bono projects. Visit Michigan's Office of Public Service at https://www.law.umich.edu/careers/pubintcomm/Pages/default.aspx
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The Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) has many resources for students who are looking for a career in public interest law or for summer job opportunities during law school. CPDC staff thrive to inform students of fellowship opportunities, public interest networking events, and new job openings. In addition, CPDC works with all local law schools to organize the annual Quad Public Interest Expo that allows public interest agencies to share their missions, programs, and career opportunities with current law students. They are always willing to work individually with students to plan their paths to future public interest careers.
The Office of Career Development and Student Services employs a full-time Director of Public Service/Public Interest Law, Linda Lorenz, Ms. Lorenz. Among other skills she brings to this position, Ms. Lorenz has received Federal Advisor Certification. Ms. Lorenz uses her contacts with attorneys who work at federal and state agencies and public interest organizations to provide programming, mentoring, networking and employment opportunities for law students. In addition, every year, we sponsor a trip to Chicago for interested law students to attend the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference.
Career Services Office assists students in finding public interest jobs
Career Services also has a Student Position that researches opportunities in Public Interest and distributes information to students
Students are provided access to websites such as PSLAW and Equal Justice Works
Career Services posts opportunities on Job Board
Career Services sponsors panels on public interest topics
UM's Career Services Office helps students focus their career goals and obtain summer and permanent employment. Throughout the year, the office sponsors workshops on preparing resumes and application materials, conducting job interview and applying for positions with law firms, judges, public agencies and other employers. Also, each year the School of Law provides grants to two students to attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. Faculty also offer advice to students on an individual basis regarding public interest internships and employment.
Assistant Dean Tasha Everman, Director of Career Services (E-mail) provides career counseling and employment information. A student assistant for public interest careers provides career and employment information.
Presentations and workshops are conducted throughout the school year encouraging students to consider careers in public Interest/public service. Funding is provided to students to attend public interest career fairs, such as Equal Justice Works.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law Career Service Department collaborates with the Social Justice Institute to provide students with advice on planning a social justice career. Beginning early on in each law student's career, the Career Service Department and the Social Justice Institute map out practical steps a student should take to stand out in the legal employment market.
Past Public Interest Career Programs & Workshops
- Preparing for Your Summer Job in Public Interest Workshop
- Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion
- Securing a Summer Government Internship
- Financing Your Public Interest Career
- Public Interest Law Firm Panel
In addition to individual counseling sessions and workshops, Career Services and the Social Justice Institute sponsor an on-campus public interest summer job fair—a widely attended summer fair with over 30 legal service providers and government agencies. The job fair offers on-site interviews to interested law students.
Equal Justice Works Career Fair
Moreover, each year, Career Services offers law students the opportunity to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Career Service Fair in Washington D.C. The national job fair houses over 1,000 law students and provides students with the opportunity to interview on-site and to attend informal "table talks" with public interest employers, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, legal service providers, and private law firms.
Career Fair –Travel Stipends & Financial Assistance
Recognizing the importance in connecting law students with social justice employment opportunities and the tight financial budget law students live on, the Social Justice Institute has provided travel stipends and financial assistance to interested UNH School of Law students. Such stipends allow students, who otherwise would not be able to attend, to network and interview.
The Deans for Career and Student Services counsel students about externships, pro-bono opportunities, and public interest jobs for students and as career choices. They offer programs with public interest lawyers to allow students to explore public interest law. Fellowships and other public interest opportunities are posted for students, including information regarding public interest career fairs and conferences, such as the annual Equal Justice Works Conference. The Office of Career Services, Office of Student Services and the Office of Financial Aid maintain information about loan repayment assistance programs, hosts financial aid informational sessions and provides individual advising sessions for students and alumni interested in pursuing public interest careers.
The Career Development Office prepares students for a successful job search. From help with interviewing and resume preparation, to developing a job search strategy, our staff members are a valuable resource for students and alumni. The office also plans a series of networking events to connect employers with potential applicants. In addition, the Career Development Office administers several programs specific to public interest students. The Director Public Interest Advising is the full-time counselor for students interested in public interest (including government) positions and careers.
Public Interest Peer Mentor Program - The Public Interest Peer Mentor Program pairs incoming 1Ls who are interested in public interest law with upper-class students who are pursuing a public interest career. The program schedules a variety of group social activities each year, including the Annual Chili Dinner, brown bag lunches, a spring picnic and other events.
Public Interest Retreat - Conducted annually, the retreat brings together students, faculty, administrators and practitioners to discuss careers in public interest law and timely issues in the public interest field, ranging from legal issues in a particular practice area to loan repayment assistance and debt management.
Public Interest Job Search Group (3L) - Each year, the UNC Law CDO organizes a job search group for 3L students pursuing full-time employment in the public interest and/or government sector. Participants benefit from peer-to-peer support, direct career counselor contact, and methods for taking an active and structured approach to the job search process.
Public Interest Job Search Tips – The CDO has compiled a few specific insights and suggestions for students regarding the Public Interest job and internship search. For more information see http://www.law.unc.edu/career/public/
Rebecca K. Hamrin
Pro Bono & Public Interest Programs
The office is a member of the Northwest Consortium of Law Schools, and annually co-sponsors the Northwest Public Service Career Fair, bringing in a large number of public service employers for table talk and interviews. The fair, held in February, has sites in both Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. http://www.lclark.edu/org/pifair
The Career Service Office provides a range of public interest support services including Public Interest Month, public interest speakers, and workshops on fellowships, judicial clerkships, judicial externships, and government, policy, and public interest careers. The Office also has a public interest careers section in our career services library, which includes current resources.
The Center on Professionalism (COP) supports Penn Law students by designing programs that will prepare them for success as professionals in an evolving legal landscape. It constantly refines the programming it offers to Penn Law students to ensure that students have every opportunity to practice essential skills as they develop as professionals.
Neta Borshansky, Associate Director of Public Sector Careers, works closely with TPIC to prepare students for a future in the public sector.
Mary Thinium, Director of Career Services and Public Interest Initiatives E-mail
Educational programs are offered throughout the year to introduce students to careers in public interest law. Interested students also attend the Equal Justice Works Career Fair in Washington D.C. each year, along with other public interest oriented events.
In addition the Law School is a member of Equal Justice Works and subscribes to PSLawNet.
Annual Public Interest Recognition Reception and Distinguished Public Interest Student Award
Career counseling; educational activities; Annual Job Fair 50% participation of employers from the public sector; coordinated on campus visits of several public agencies; prepared and distributed to interest students and graduates a contact list of the main public interest employers in Puerto Rico; bought directories, fellowship manuals and other resources helpful in the job search process toward the public sector; implemented a School procedure for the nomination of students and graduates to the Presidential Management Fellow Program; provided information of U.S. job fairs (public employers); divulge information of summer internship, fellowships and job opportunities in Puerto Rico and United States.
We received on campus visits of several government agencies.
The Career Services Office assists law students by presenting a myriad of public service options. Through academics, community service, pro bono work, clinical advocacy programs, campus civic organizations, and employment prospects, students can begin building their careers in the public arena. Our office aims to furnish students with an understanding of the public sector and an overview of the many opportunities to develop a career as a public interest lawyer. We provide students with information and resources to proactively search for public sector internships or permanent positions. The Career Services Office hosts an annual Government & Public Interest Interview Program, co-sponsored by Washington and Lee University School of Law and William & Mary Law School. Additionally, we host a number of programs and events that bring public interest professionals on campus to share their insights with students.
The Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD) publishes the "CPD Weekly", an electronic newsletter that informs students of public interest volunteer opportunities, employment opportunities, and networking events. In addition, CPD continually updates Symplicity, our student information database, so that we can easily identify students interested in public interest work and quickly disseminate information to those students when public interest employment/volunteer opportunities arise by sending personalized emails to those students. CPD also assists students with their application materials when applying for fellowships and other public interest and public sector opportunities. Additionally, the "CPD Weekly" announces the various programs offered by CPD, including all programming specifically targeting students seeking public interest or public sector employment.
CPD works with the Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) to ensure students are seeking and obtaining volunteer experience with a long list of public interest organizations and legal aid agencies in Minnesota. CPD also works jointly with MJF to encourage qualified students to apply for local MJF fellowships and supports them in their application process.
CPD assists students in applying for UST Law's competitive clinic program, which has programs in appellate work, bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy, immigration, federal communications, nonprofit organizations, misdemeanor law, elder law, and the Community Justice Project. CPD also assists students in applying for competitive national public interest positions and fellowships.
Lastly, CPD regularly conducts outreach with public interest and public sector employers to ensure they think of our law school when hiring needs arise and post available positions with us, given our multitude of bright, capable students interested in public interest work.
The University of San Diego School of Law Career Services Office offers a variety of services to support public interest student career opportunities. Internship, employment, fellowship, grant and scholarship opportunities are posted regularly on the online Student Job Listings site. Career Services staff are available to review student funding applications.
Knowing that public interest legal organizations and government agencies often lack resources to pay law students, the Career Services Office bi-annually facilitates the "Financing Your Public Interest Summer" workshop to educate students about funding opportunities and strategies. Workshop topics include the USD Community Service Grant, Off/On Campus Federal Work Study, Equal Justice Summer Corps, Summer Fellowship Resources and writing funding applications.
USD School of Law Career Services Office works with USD's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) to raise funds to enable students to attend the annual EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS PUBLIC INTEREST CONFERENCE & CAREER FAIR -- http://www.equaljusticeworks.org
The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Conference and Career Fair offers panels and workshops aimed at educating and equipping students for a public interest career. At the concurrent Career Fair, employers from throughout the nation conduct individual pre-scheduled interviews and informational interviews. Pre-scheduled interviews occur throughout Thursday and Friday.
Information about registered employers is available to students on the EJW website in the months prior to the conference. The database is updated as new employers register. Students are responsible for submitting their resumes and requested documents directly to the employer. Equal Justice Works strongly encourages students to submit applications by September 22. Employers are responsible for contacting applicants and arranging interview schedules.
Career Services coordinates student registration.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC INTEREST CAREER DAY - Public Interest Career Day is comprised of a number of different activities: Prescheduled, formal interviews for summer and/or postgraduate positions. A morning panel discussion, "Getting Started in a Public Interest Career," and an afternoon panel discussion, "Criminal Law: Prosecution and Defense." A series of informal lunchtime discussions, each focusing on a different substantive area of public interest practice. Informal "table-talk" with representatives of more than 90 of the participating organizations, agencies and firms.
Career counseling and listings through the Office of Career Planning, the OneJustice and the Director of Externships.
Public Interest/Public Sector (PI/PS) Legal Career Options Day. USF Law is part of a consortium of nine Northern California law schools and the OneJustice that host this annual event. PI/PS Day provides law students an opportunity to meet and interview with public interest and public sector legal organizations. The event also gives organizations exposure to a large group of people dedicated to public service, a chance to speak with and formally interview a large, diverse group of law students, and a forum for interacting with other public service organizations and government agencies.
The USC Law School Career Services Office provides significant support to these students including a series of workshops devoted to public interest careers, resumes, fellowships, and job-searches. Individual counseling is also offered.
The Career Services Office (CSO) provides workshops, handbooks and extensive information and counseling on public service careers, including summer jobs, fellowships, government jobs, career paths, financing of a public interest career, etc.
Career Resources include:
- Extensive library of resources, housed in the CSO, containing information on government agencies, public interest organizations, practice specialties, summer and post-graduate fellowships and judicial clerkships.
- Students receive information regarding upcoming events, deadlines and opportunities through the CSO Alert, a weekly email newsletter.
- Online resource collection of handbooks, guides and employment listing services accessible 24 hours a day through the USC Law Portal (password protected). Selected resources include:
- VAULT Online Library of Career Guides
- Guide to Government Internship and Honors Programs
- Small & Mid-Sized Law Firm Directory
- Guide to Public Service Law
- Guide to Government Jobs In California
- Guide to State Court Clerkships
CSO also co-sponsors Annual Public Interest Career Fair at USC and Public Interest Career Day & Government Career Information Day with the other southern California law schools.
For more information and resources visit http://lawweb.usc.edu/careers/index.cfm.
Staff of the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center provide individualized student counseling, as do law school faculty and alumni. The Career Center hosts workshops in the fall and spring semesters to notify students of upcoming public interest conferences and career fairs, and to encourage them to consider post-graduate public interest fellowships. The Center's career development curriculum includes several seminars that focus on how to find jobs with public interest employers, and local practitioners are invited to speak on panels to discuss their career paths.
The UT Law Career Services Office (CSO; http://www.utexas.edu/law/career) supports students interested in public service careers by informing them of career options, providing job search strategies and resources, and connecting them with potential employers. With experienced counselors, including two dedicated to public service careers (public interest and government), the CSO offers one-on-one career counseling, organizes on-campus and off-campus job fairs, sponsors resume workshops, invites speakers to address students on public service career-related topics, publishes the Public Service Career Development Handbook, and coordinates a variety of programming for students seeking careers in public service. Some of the programming we present each year includes: Introduction to Public Service Law, Public Interest Job Search Workshop, Equal Justice Works Fellowship Workshop, Skadden Fellowship Workshop, 3L Public Service Job Search Information Session, International Public Service Internship Opportunities, Careers in Government Panel, Careers in Criminal Law Panel, Department of Justice Honors Program Brown Bag, Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session, Foreign Service Information Session, FBI Brown Bag, CIA Brown Bag, Attorney General Information Session, Debt Management for Careers in Public Service Workshop, and How to Finance a Public Service Career Workshop.
The CSO also provides opportunities for students to network with other public service-minded students and employers. In the fall, the CSO hosts Public Service Table Talk http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/career/public/pstt.html. Representatives from dozens of public interest organizations, as well as federal, state and local government agencies come to UT Law and host informational tables, which provide an excellent opportunity for students to network and find out about current volunteer opportunities, summer internships and postgraduate positions. In addition to the Table Talk, the CSO, in collaboration with UT Law's William Wayne Justice Center and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center, hosts a Public Service Fall Party, where members of the law school's public service community gather to network and celebrate public service at UT Law. Students can also attend the CSO's annual Mentor Reception to meet and network with UT Law alumni and friends working in various sectors, including public interest and government.
Each spring, the CSO, in conjunction with the Texas Law Consortium, organizes and hosts Public Service Career Day ( http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/career/employer/pscd.html), the largest public service legal job fair in Texas. During the two-day fair, public interest and government employers conduct interviews for paid and unpaid summer and permanent positions. Employers may request to interview first, second, third-year and LL.M. students and/or alumni up to one year after graduation from all nine participating Texas law schools. On the first day of the fair, employers may also host informational tables in UT Law's Susman Godfrey Atrium.
Student career exploration is further supported through a number of public service career resources the CSO provides, which include a UT Law Public Service Listserv, through which members receive daily e-mails regarding public service law events and job opportunities; PSLawNet, a national database of public service jobs, employers and career resources; extensive government and public interest career path Web sites, which detail information relevant to the public sector job search and include links to various resources ( http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/career/public/index.html http://www.utexas.edu/law/depts/career/govt/index.html); and the CSO Resource Library, which houses numerous publications regarding public interest and government careers.
The CSO also provides students with information regarding a wide array of funding sources and opportunities including, but not limited to, Texas Law Fellowships, which sponsors public service fellowships for UT Law students; William Wayne Justice Center scholarships and fellowships, which are awarded on the basis of financial need, commitment to public service and academic credentials; UT Law Justice Corps Postgraduate Fellowships, which fund two years of postgraduate work in public service; and a variety of other summer, project-based, and organizational fellowships.
In 2008, the CSO introduced the Long Career Launch Program, a public service internship program for UT Law graduates. The Career Launch Program is designed to make it financially possible for recent graduates to obtain legal work experience while awaiting bar results. Graduates who are selected to participate in the program receive a stipend to support work in an unpaid legal internship with a government agency or 501(c)(3) public interest organization. We are delighted to report that the response from employers has been unanimous and overwhelmingly favorable. The success of the program has made great strides in promoting public service among our graduates and increasing access to justice in the community.
The Career Development Office works in conjunction with the Field Placement Office and faculty to make sure student needs regarding careers in public service and public interest law are addressed.
The College of Law provides individual public interest career counseling and fellowship support through its Office of Professional Development. The College of Law is also a member of Equal Justice Works and participates in multiple public interest career fairs, including the Midwest Public Interest Career Conference and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. The law school also hosts an annual public interest law forum and panel discussions with public interest law practitioners. For more information, contact Kelly Tomlinson, Assistant Director of Career Services and Public Service Coordinator at 419-530-4996 or E-mail.
The Professional Development Office holds an annual career fair, about half of the employers who attend Career Fair are public interest organizations.
Professional Development Office programs include speakers on: Careers in Public Interest, Working in the Public Defender's Office, Working in the District Attorney's Office, Federal Judicial Clerkships, and the State Department. Other panels on broader topics such as How to be a Good Summer Associate include public interest panelists.
The Professional Development Office's library has several books on public interest law.
The Professional Development Office makes the NALP brochures Public Service Careers…Explore Your Options and Public Service Internships available to students.
In addition, the Professional Development Office subscribes to several public interest job posting services, in both print and electronic formats including PSLawNet and Equal Justice Works.
Panels, workshops, counseling, Northwest Consortium Government and Public Interest Career Fair, Public Interest
The Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center was created in 1996 to recognize the special counseling needs of students interested in pursuing careers in the public sector. Since then, the center has served as Virginia Law's focal point for public service career counseling, programming and outreach efforts. Staff members offer individual and group counseling to students and alumni considering internship and permanent opportunities, invite speakers to introduce students to the various aspects of public service lawyering, coordinate with student organizations to facilitate programming and run the annual Public Service On-Grounds Interviews.
A full-time Assistant Director for Public Service in the Career Planning Office (CPO) provides career counseling to students and graduates interested in public interest law. A Program Coordinator supports the Assistant Director for Public Service in event and program planning as needed. Additional support for students interested in public service law is provided by the Executive Director of the Gates Public Service Law Program.
UWLS students participate in the Northwest Public Service Career Fair each February and a limited number of students are provided funding support to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington DC each October. An annual Pro Bono Honors Career Fair is held in October each year at the law school.
The School of Law celebrates Public Service Awareness Month each February providing both substantive and career-based programming about public service.
Additional public service related programming is provided throughout the school year via Social Justice Tuesdays and quarterly CPO events.
The Office of Career Services supports students interested in public interest careers through one-on-one counseling, panel discussions on a variety of public interest careers and fellowships, and job postings and career fairs.
The Office of Career Services has created Public Interest Job Search Handbooks to give students general information about the public interest job search process. http://law.wisc.edu/career/publicinterest/pihandbooks.html
Valparaiso University Law School is a member of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium. The Consortium has an active public interest group that plans and implements public interest programming for law students. Examples of law student programming include the Meet the Public Interest Employers Reception and the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference. The law school also subscribes to PSJD, an online clearinghouse that contains public interest job listings and career-building resources. Finally, as funding allows, the school provides travel assistance grants for students who would like to participate in public interest related events like the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference.
Career Services offers resume workshops, individual counseling and informational speakers for all students, and a manual on applying for public service jobs. In conjunction with the Legal Aid Society, an informal Coffee Talk time is held in November to allow 2L and 3L students to talk about what they did in their first summer to interested 1L students. Other students who worked for the public interest join in the November seminar for 1Ls to discuss the advantages of working in the public sector.
Government and Public Interest Information Exchange Day is held in January to acquaint first year students with various facets of public service work by bringing in attorneys from various local, state and federal government agencies and public interest attorneys from the region. Job opportunities, with descriptions of the work and deadlines, are published weekly.
Career Services partners with student groups throughout the year to sponsor attorneys to speak to students about their particular practice area. Public Interest Week is a spring event that Career Services co-sponsors to draw attention to public service careers. This culminates in the student run auction that raises money for summer public interest stipends.
Vanderbilt also takes students to the Equal Justice Career Fair in Washington DC.
There is a spring on-campus interview program that focuses on public interest and governmental employers in New Hampshire and Vermont.
We produced and sold The Guide to State Court Judicial Clerkship Procedures which raised approximately $15,000 for summer public interest fellowships.
We featured speakers from the EPA - OGC, DOJ, New York AG's, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, EPA - Region 1, and Vermont Legal Aid (these speakers were different than our panels which also featured a number of speakers from the public interest world).
We held a Judical Clerkships Workshop; a Spring Employers Panel, which featured representatives from non-profits and government agencies in VT and NH discussing interview and application process; an Environmental Non-Profits Panel; an International Human Rights law panel; a Summer Funding Opportunities Workshop; an Alternative Careers Panel, which featured employers from 3 non-profits; and a Public Interest Legal Careers workshop.
The Director of Public Service Careers & Pro Bono Programs coordinates the public interest career-related services in the Office of Career Strategy and Advancement. Among her responsibilities are encouraging and supporting students to choose public interest and public service careers by advising them on all aspects of career planning; creating educational programs to promote public service and government careers; and cultivating and maintaining relevant employer relationships.
Throughout the year, the Career Strategy office provides and participates in a variety of educational and recruitment programs to promote public interest careers and increase employment opportunities, such as the Public Interest Public Service (PIPS) Job Fair. In addition, public interest organizations give informational presentations about their work throughout the day. Career Strategy also publicizes the Equal Justice Works Annual Career Fair and assists students who want to travel to Washington, D.C. for the fair.
Career Strategy maintains an extensive collection of public interest materials in its Public Service section of the career library and publishes a public interest handbook, entitled: "Summer Funding Opportunities in Public Interest Law." The current handbook is published on Career Strategy's website. Career Strategy also educates students about the variety of public interest websites, such as PSLawNet, to which Villanova subscribes.
Career Strategy also publishes articles in the weekly Law School newspaper, "Gavel Gazette," about public interest. Recent topics have included government service careers, judicial clerkships and fellowships.
Villanova participates in the Philadelphia Public Interest/Public Service Job Fair, which is sponsored by a consortium of Philadelphia area law schools. PIPS offers students an opportunity to interview with public interest and government employers.
The Public Interest Initiative promotes Wake Forest's tradition of training "citizen lawyers" who serve not only their clients, but also their community, states and nation. The Initiative works with Career Services to create an easy-to-access repository of information for students seeking public interest internships, externships, and fellowships. The Public Interest Initiative also promotes connections between Wake students and professionals working in public interest through a mentorship program and an annual Public Interest Retreat that brings alumni to the university to discuss their work in public interest and non-traditional career paths for attorneys.
Many students also attend the Equal Justice Works Job Fair, of which the law school is a sponsor.
For further information, see http://publicinterest.law.wfu.edu/
The Career Services Office assists students interested in public interest placement. As many as forty percent of graduates seek jobs in the public sector.
Lorri T. Olan
Director of Career Planning
The Associate Director of Public Interest Advising is part of the Career Services Office. The Associate Director counsels students, provides employment-related programming for students interested in public service, and administers the Summer Public Interest Stipend Program.
In 2007, the Law School announced the creation of the $3,100,000 Ziemba Scholarship Program, which will, beginning 2007-2008 provide approximately $150,000 annually in scholarships to students with a demonstrated commitment to careers in the public interest.
The Career Services Office sponsors many brown-bag programs throughout the year related to law career possibilities.
On campus interviews for Public Interest Fellowships, James Marshall Sprouse Public Interest Fellowships, Public Defender Forum, Legal Aid Forum.
Career Related Services include:
- panels on public interest lawyering
- library materials on public interest work and careers
- counseling and advising
- Participate in the organization of several multi-school public interest career fairs.
The Career Services Office provides staffing and administrative support for the Public Service Program, as well as student, alumni and faculty initiated public interest projects.
The Career Services Office offers extensive career services support to students pursuing public interest careers, including inviting the Public Defender and District Attorney offices to interview on campus. Contact Bonnie Saito, 714/444-4141 x291, or E-mail.
Whittier plays a leading role in the Southern California Public Interest Career Day. Also participates in the Government Careers Information Day, sponsored by the Law School Career Advisors of Southern California.
The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) in Wilmington and the Public Interest Initiative (PII) in Harrisburg work with the Career Development Office (CDO) to provide specialized counseling to students seeking public interest careers. Our offices collectively offer the following services:
- resume review
- mock interviews
- fellowship/scholarship information
- assistance with the competitive fellowship application process
- information regarding opportunities for public interest work
- preparation for public interest job fairs
- workshops regarding interviewing, resume-writing, and networking.
Each office maintains active communication with students via email in order to keep students informed about public interest opportunities. In addition, PIRC and PII engage in continuous outreach with public interest agencies throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey in order to promote the Widener student workforce and to develop new opportunities for students to engage in public interest work.
In collaboration with our five neighboring law schools, Widener Law coordinates a Public Interest Public Service Job Fair each February. Approximately 40-50 employers from our tri-state area and beyond participate.
The Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) work with the Career Development Office (CDO) to provide specialized counseling to students seeking public interest careers. Our offices collectively offer the following services:
- resume review
- mock interviews
- fellowship/scholarship information
- assistance with the competitive fellowship application process
- information regarding opportunities for public interest work
- preparation for public interest job fairs
- workshops regarding interviewing, resume-writing, and networking.
Each office maintains active communication with students via email in order to keep students informed about public interest opportunities. In addition, PIRC engages in continuous outreach with public interest agencies throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey in order to promote the Delaware Law student workforce and to develop new opportunities for students to engage in public interest work.
In collaboration with our five neighboring law schools, Delaware Law coordinates a Public Interest Public Service Job Fair each February. Approximately 40-50 employers from our tri-state area and beyond participate.
Placement Office staff provides counseling to all students interested in public interest careers. Workshops on various government/non-profit/legal aid services options are conducted frequently.
Public interest and government employers interview on-campus and at our off-campus interview programs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and New York. Our students also participate in annual off-campus interview programs exclusively for government and public interest employers, including the fall Equal Justice Works Career Fair and the spring Government and Public Interest Interview Program.
Through individual advising, the professionals in the Office of Career Services (OCS) devote substantial time to helping students and graduates secure public service jobs. Students work for government agencies, public interest organizations, and judges during the summer. Graduates also obtain those types of positions.
William & Mary is a member of PSJD (www.psjd.org); our students and graduates therefore have access to the many resources available there. The OCS website and library include resources helpful for students considering public interest and government careers. OCS sponsors programs featuring government and public interest lawyers. The office also conducts workshops about how to secure summer and post-graduate public service jobs in the U.S. and abroad.
OCS coordinates the Law School’s Public Service Post-Graduate Fellowship Program
The Career Development Office at Yale Law School (CDO) maintains a focus on public service careers and pro bono work through programming, counseling, and resources, and employs a full-time counselor dedicated to this area. Each year, CDO conducts over 40 educational and mentoring programs regarding public interest work, sponsors several recruitment events involving service opportunities, and produces many service manuals and other resource materials.
Our public service manuals include:
International Public Interest Law
Public Interest Careers
Public Interest Fellowships
Working on Capitol Hill
More information about CDO, its programs, and its resources is available at www.law.yale.edu/cdo. The Assistant Dean of the Career Development Office is Kelly Voight, E-mail
Yeshiva University: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
The Director and the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Service Law provide individual counseling and guidance to all students and alumni interested in public service careers. They organize career symposiums, panels, and workshops to assist students in learning more about public service careers. The school also maintains the Public Interest Resource Center, which is part of the Office of Career Services, which includes numerous publications and guides to assist students and alumni in their job search.
Other Career Related Services:
Many government and public interest employers participate in the fall and spring recruitment programs. They interview students for both post-graduate opportunities as well as semester or summer internships. Numerous on campus informational sessions and panels are held on public interest career related issues, for example: Public Sector Job Search, Summer Funding Programs, Interviewing in the Public Sector, Post-Graduate Fellowship Informational Session, Post-Graduate Clerkship Panel, Working for the Government Panel, Annual Practice Area Symposium, Government Practice Area Symposium, Judicial Internship Panel and Informational Session. The Center for Public Service Law and the Office of Career Services host a number of annual networking events for students to interact with alumni, including the Annual Public Interest Networking Event held during the Public Law Advocacy Week.
Updated on: 7/18/2018