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Northeastern University School of Law

Northeastern University School of Law
400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
www.northeastern.edu/law/

 Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

 

Valerie Kapilow
Associate Director for Public Interest and Public Service
Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement
v.kapilow@neu.edu
P: (617) 373-3337

Gregory Tilley
Associate Dean for Administration and Planning
g.tilley@neu.edu
P: (617) 373-3307

Wendy Parmet
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
w.parmet@neu.edu
P: (617) 373-2019

 

Category Type

 

Public Service Graduation Requirement Program

 

Description of Programs

The Public Interest Requirement was instituted in 1994 with the incoming class. Students may meet the Public Interest Requirement in a variety of ways. These include: successfully completing a full-time public interest co-op comprised of spending 11 weeks and 35 hours per week (385 hours) in a public interest work setting; taking a law school clinic; performing 30 hours of pre-approved legal pro bono work; or doing a public interest independent study. Typically an average of 85% of each graduating class satisfied the requirement through co-op, the most significant time commitment. Almost ninety per cent of the two most recent graduating classes satisfied the requirement by doing a public interest co-op.

 

Location of Programs

The program is managed by the Administration.

 

Staffing/Management/Oversight

 

Administration of the program is shared. The public interest co-op is facilitated through Northeastern's Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement (CCOPA). The clinical option is facilitated through the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Any pro bono projects performed to satisfy the Public Interest Requirement must be approved by Administration. To receive academic credit and satisfy the requirements through an independent study, a student must demonstrate that he/she cannot satisfy the requirements through the three other options. The project must be approved by the Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and a supervising faculty member.

 

Funding

 

Because the public interest requirement involves clinical instructors, other faculty members and CCOPA, portions of their salaries cover the cost of administering the program.

The School provides the use of faculty secretaries, computers and other office equipment and supplies in support of various pro bono projects.

 

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

 

Boston Medical Center Project - This project is part of the law school's Domestic Violence Institute. After completing a three-month training class, students conduct interviews in the emergency room at Boston Medical Center focusing on clients' experience with domestic violence. In addition, students provide referrals for legal and social services.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Street Law Clinic Project - Through the Northeastern law school chapter of the NLG, students work with community organizations conducting a variety of educational workshops on Fourth Amendment issues, tenants' rights and workers' rights.

Shelter Legal Services - This is a Boston-wide organization that provides legal services to homeless and near-homeless people. Working under the supervision of an attorney, students interview clients, assess their case and assist their client in resolving their issue. Issues include public housing, child support, welfare assistance, divorce and immigration.

Legal Skills in Social Context - Every first year student works on a community based social justice project as part of the year long Legal Skills in Social Context course.

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project - IRAP is a student-driven organization that matches law students with pro bono supervising attorneys to take on individual cases. Together they help refugee applicants successfully navigate the rules and processes for resettlement in a safe country.

 

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Although there is no formal pro bono policy, Northeastern faculty are heavily engaged in various pro bono projects focusing on an array of public interest issues. These projects involve expansion of health care access, representation of death penalty inmates, transgender law reform, HIV/AIDS treatment programs, domestic implementation of human rights law, global health financing, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, tobacco and obesity control, civil rights restorative justice issues, community economic development, rights of low-wage and other workers, domestic violence, racial profiling, reproductive rights protection, progressive tax policy reform, environmental protection, economic and social rights, prisoners' rights, consumer protection, and improved civic education.

 

Awards/Recognition

 

The Outstanding Graduate Student Awards annually recognize the accomplishments of individual graduate students in the greater Northeastern University community. Awards are given for research, practice-oriented education, and community service at an annual awards presentation program and reception in April. Northeastern law students typically receive one or more of these awards annually.

One Northeastern University School of Law student per year, along with one from each of the five other area law schools in the area, are recognized at the Association of Corporate Counsel-Northeast Branch (ACC) dinner for displaying exemplary ethical conduct in an internship, through a clinic, or in some other class situation.

The Northeastern Law Magazine profiles faculty and administrators who engage in pro bono and public interest service. A link to the magazine on-line is: www.neu.edu/law/magazine

In addition, faculty profiles emphasize public interest and pro bono work. See: http://www.northeastern.edu/law/faculty/directory/index.html

The Public Interest Law Scholars (PILS) are invited to an annual dinner hosted by one of the scholarship's major donors. This dinner brings current PILS scholars and PILS alumni/ae together to celebrate accomplishments, discuss the scholarship program, and welcome new recipients.

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) recognizes a student's contribution to social justice movements and to building the NLG at their schools. The NLG is the nation's first integrated bar association and exists for the purpose of representing progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice.

 

Community Service

 

Legal Food Frenzy - Northeastern University School of Law participates in the 1st Annual Massachusetts "Legal Food Frenzy"to raise food and funds for the Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in New England, to benefit hungry families in Massachusetts. The "Frenzy"is a benevolent yet spirited competition within the legal community, modeled after a successful program which began in Virginia. Law firms, law schools and other legal organizations sign up to compete to see which group can raise the most funds and collect the most food for distribution to food pantries and food assistance programs throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

Special Education Surrogate Parent Program (SESP): SESP is a volunteer organization that serves children in state custody with special education needs who have no parent or guardian to represent them. The children in the SESP program are in a variety of settings, including foster homes, group homes, residential schools, shelters or hospitals. Their needs range from mild to severe. Volunteers attend a mandatory training session on the special education process, attend workshops on a variety of special education-related topics, and receive ongoing support from case coordinators. A volunteer acts on behalf of a child by having all the rights and authority of a parent in matters of special education without the financial responsibility. This includes the right to meet with and observe the child at school; review school records and progress reports, attend school meetings concerning the child; approve of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and monitor the child's services and educational placements. Student volunteers are generally assigned one child at a time and spend approximately 10-20 hours per year on each child.

 

Law School Public Interest Programs

 

Contact Information

 

Valerie Kapilow
Associate Director for Public Interest and Public Service
Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement
v.kapilow@neu.edu
P: (617) 373-3337

 

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

We offer the student pursuing public interest law a wide range of courses that focus on societal issues. In the upper level, we offer many specialized courses that focus on public interest issues, such as Welfare Law, Public Health Law, a wide selection of courses in labor/employment law and civil rights, and the structure and taxation of nonprofit organizations.

 

Public Interest Centers

 

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project addresses harms resulting from the massive breakdown in law enforcement during the civil rights movement, from the 1950s to the early 1970s. The project engages teachers and students across the university and is directed by faculty from the School of Law and the College of Criminal Justice.

CRRJ focuses on these public policy and criminal justice initiatives. It conducts research into the nature and extent of anti-civil rights violence. CRRJ works with members of a diverse community – prosecutors, lawmakers, victims – that is seeking genuine reconciliation through legal proceedings, law reform, and private investigations. CRRJ assists these groups to assess and develop a range of policy approaches, including criminal prosecutions, truth and reconciliation proceedings, and legislative remedies. On the research front, CRRJ's work aims to develop reliable data with which to analyze events of anti-civil rights violence and to support research into the history and current significance of anti-civil rights violence.

Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) - This is an education, service and research organization dedicated to combating partner abuse and sexual assault. It plays a role in providing legal advocacy services to victims of intimate partner violence as well as victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault. It does this by training lawyers and other professionals to meet the unique challenges of working with victims of domestic or sexual violence. It also fosters interdisciplinary relationships and model programs designed to make the legal system better for women seeking assistance.

Integral to the Institute's mission is a commitment to empowering clients and client communities so that they can articulate and advance their own legal strategies and resolutions - both in their individual cases and in the advocating for changes in the legal system that will benefit all victims. We do this by making our faculty, staff and students available to support clients in a wide range of community based advocacy groups and institutions - offering basic abuse prevention services to individual clients, expedited referrals of community group members to cooperating lawyers for legal representation in more complex matters, assistance in securing institutional and financial support and the opportunity to participate in collaborative research and demonstration grants.

NuLawLab - The NuLawLab focuses its attention in two primary areas: taking on client-generated projects for Northeastern, legal educators, lawyers and others seeking to redefine models and processes for how lawyers are prepared and conduct their professional and business activities; and serving as the national hub of discussion, exchange and generation of solutions for some of the most significant problems facing legal education and the profession.

Inspired by NUSL's historical leadership employing a unique curriculum that integrates theory and practice to prepare excellent, ethical lawyers who are ready to serve clients and the public interest now and in the future, the Legal Innovation Lab engages economic, human, technological, cultural and social capital to reimagine and redesign integral components of the lawyers' professional preparation and activity.

Partnering for Prevention – Partnering for Prevention specifically seeks to foster trust and develop relationships between law enforcement and Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian American communities. Through these relationships, communities and law enforcement are better able to collaborate and share information in order to reduce terrorism, protect communities and diminish racial tension.

Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) - PHAI is a legal research center focused on public health law. Its goal is to support and enhance a commitment to public health in individuals and institutes who shape public policy through law. We are committed to research in public health law, public health policy development; to legal technical assistance; and to collaborative work at the intersection of law and public health. Our current areas of work include tobacco control and childhood obesity. It was founded in 2002 by faculty at Northeastern University School of Law and at Tufts Medical School Department of Public Health as an independent research and advocacy institute.

The Law and Obesity Project explores the use of the law in slowing obesity and reversing the epidemic of obesity-related diseases. The project examines the use of litigation, legislation, regulation, and other legal tools in conjunction with public health practitioners and policymakers. PHAI publishes widely in the area, works with policymakers and advocates, and hosts the annual Legal Approaches to the Obesity Epidemic conference. The PHAI annual conference is recognized for bringing together the leading experts and advocates working in law and obesity and testing out cutting-edge strategic ideas.

The Tobacco Control Resource Center continues its ongoing mission of working to improve the public's health by honing legal strategies to reduce tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. Formed in 1979, TCRC has unusual depth and breadth of experience in tobacco control issues generally, as well as longstanding and specific expertise in the legal and policy issues relating to tobacco control. TCRC's Tobacco Products Liability Project has held more than two dozen annual conferences where many of the strategies for holding the tobacco industry legally accountable were first devised. TCRC provides law and policy analysis and technical assistance to domestic and foreign governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations, attorneys involved in tobacco-related litigation and tobacco control advocates. TCRC also promotes public health oriented perspectives in the news media coverage of key law and policy developments affecting tobacco control.

PHAI works closely with the JD/MPH program to provide educational opportunities to students interested in public health and the law. Students may take advanced courses at the law school and participate in the Public Health Law Clinic working closely with PHAI. PHAI also offers independent study opportunities, co-ops and Tufts ALE placement. There are a myriad of opportunities for students to participate in the work of PHAI on current and exciting developments in public health and law.

Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) - PHRGE is at the center of the School of Law's human rights efforts and works closely with scholars, institutions and advocates nationally and internationally to address issues of human rights and economic development. Reflecting our faculty's interests, PHRGE is particularly engaged with the international movement to promote economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights.

PHRGE is bringing its energy and vision to bear on (1) training the human rights lawyers of the 21st century; (2) encouraging and deepening scholarship on human rights and the global economy; and (3) working to implement human rights norms and sound economic development approaches worldwide.

 

Public Interest Clinics

 

Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) - This clinic addresses harms resulting from the massive breakdown in law enforcement during the civil rights movement, from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

CRRJ's aim is to investigate the role of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies and courts in protecting activists and their work. CRRJ examines the geo-politics that led to the large-scale breakdown of law enforcement, the wide-spread repression against the movement's participants, and the reforms that have been initiated to rectify these abuses. The clinic engages teachers and students across the university and is directed by faculty from the School of Law and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Community Business Clinic – The Community Business Clinic offers students real-world experience in providing free, business-related legal services to startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially those in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Students help clients with a wide range of business-related needs, including: choosing the best business entity for their goals (corporation, limited liability company, etc.); purchasing, vendor and other agreements; employment law; licenses, permits, zoning, leases; intellectual property; state and local regulatory issues; and legal issues related to financing including for micro lending programs, loans from family members, and other nontraditional funding sources.

Students interview clients, negotiate agreements, draft and review documents, represent clients on permitting and other regulatory matters, and advise clients on the many other, often-complex legal issues that entrepreneurs and small businesses face.

Domestic Violence Clinic - This clinic, part of the Domestic Violence Institute focuses on violence prevention, restraining order enforcement and criminal intervention in Dorchester District Court, Boston's largest community court. The clinic offers students an opportunity to develop many traditional lawyering skills, including interviewing and counseling clients and advocating in the courtroom. The emphasis, however, is on developing an appreciation for legal advocacy that empowers clients to make their decisions, particularly in cases where the risk of further violence is ever-present and the clients must weigh both their legal and non-legal options and consequences in order to enhance their own safety and that of their children.

Poverty Law and Practice Clinic - Clinic students are assigned to represent organizations, their members, and individual clients who seek assistance on issues of housing, work, and welfare. Organizational goals are pursued through community education and individual and group advocacy. Students learn to make their knowledge available to community organizations. In addition, students appear before administrative, legislative and judicial decision-makers on behalf of their clients.

Prisoners' Rights Clinic - Under the close supervision of two experienced practitioners, students develop and refine advocacy skills while representing prisoners in Massachusetts. Typically, each student handles both an adversarial proceeding (a disciplinary hearing) and a non-adversarial proceeding (parole-related or classification hearing) from beginning to end. Through this experience, students learn how to properly conduct client/witness interviews and thorough factual investigations, examine and cross-examine witnesses effectively and make persuasive opening and closing statements. Students also learn how to write winning administrative appeals. The clinic presents a survey of the constitutional law relating to the sentencing process and the rights of prisoners while incarcerated and on parole.

Public Health Clinic - In cooperation with the school's Public Health Advocacy Institute, this clinic covers tobacco control issues in depth, while also focusing on the emerging obesity epidemic and issues involving the gun and pharmaceutical industries. It considers the conflict between individual rights and the need to protect the public health. In the clinic, students gain real experience in public interest law, public health law, and the use of litigation to effect changes in public health policy. Student projects support the research and drafting needs of practicing PHAI attorneys. Clinical instructors supervise students, serving as writing coaches and mentors for the quarter-long project.

 

Externships/Internships

 

Every student at Northeastern is required to complete four full-time legal work placements during their second and third year of law school ("co-op" as we call them). The first co-op consists of a three-day "Pathways to Practice" course, full-time training held on campus, followed by ten weeks of full-time legal work with a single employer under the supervision of an attorney or judge. The three subsequent co-ops consist of eleven weeks of full-time legal work complying with the same criteria.

 

Classes with a Public Service Component

 

Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) - LSSC is a required first year course, which delivers fundamental research and writing training while also challenging participants' values and sensitizing them to the formidable task the legal system faces in addressing societal difference. The course also provides students with the opportunity to develop team lawyering skills while assisting community organizations that are attempting to affect social change. During the second semester of the first year, all first year students are assigned to a "law office" and participate in a closely supervised clinical experience representing and assisting a non-profit community based organization in solving a societal problem involving issues of diversity and law. The participating organizations, primarily located in the Greater Boston area, compete for an opportunity to participate in the LSSC Program. Each law office team is responsible for producing a publishable report detailing its findings with extensive legal and anecdotal field research. In addition, each of the law offices presents a highly creative, often multi-media based, oral presentation to client organizations and the entire first year class.

Public Interest Independent Study - Students can develop, in conjunction with faculty supervised, independent study projects with a public service component.

 

Public Interest Journals

The Northeastern University Law Journal emphasizes the practical application of the law and exploring the ways by which the experience of practicing law can educate. By asking practitioners to analyze and write about their own experiences, the Journal accomplishes two educational functions for the legal community. First it informs the legal community about the range of practical issues which confront practitioners in a particular field, and compares the variety of manners by which these issues are resolved. Second it places these issues in legal context by analyzing the legal scholarship and relating the academic analysis to the practical application.

 

PI Career Support Center

 

Career Advising
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.

Programs
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.

 

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

 

Since 1989, Northeastern has been operating a loan relief assistance program to graduates engaged in public interest law practice. Over the past 24 years, the law school's Loan Deferral and Forgiveness (LD.F) Program has provided several million dollars in loan relief assistance to nearly 500 graduates. The program provides loan relief to graduates doing legal work for civil legal service organizations, public defenders, non-profit advocacy groups, government (excluding judicial internships), unions and, in limited circumstances, small private firms whose focus is public interest law practice.

With the passage of the federal College Cost Reduction Assistance Act (CCRAA), which provides generous federal loan obligation relief, the law school is able to increase its support to its graduates. It is the school's ambition to increase the amount of support steadily and substantially over the next several years.

 

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

Beginning with the class of 2009, the law school created bridge fellowships to provide an opportunity for recent graduates who were not employed. These fellowships enable graduates to work part-time in short-term post-graduate positions at the law school, university or with public interest employers during the fall and winter quarters. Fellows work on a specified faculty, clinical, administrative project or for a public interest employer for a maximum period of 20 hours/week for up to 10 weeks.

 

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

 

Other Funding Sources:

 

The Wendy Parmet Fellowship is awarded annually to one or more graduates of Northeastern University School of Law who demonstrate a strong commitment to public interest law. The Fellowship is named in honor of Wendy Parmet, a professor at NUSL and a leading health law scholar, as well as a founding member of HLA's Board. Parmet Fellows spend a year as staff attorneys at HLA, representing clients and advocating in the broader legal and policy arena for expanded and equitable health care access.

Greater Boston Legal Services Children's Disability Project: Through an anonymous gift from an NUSL graduate, a recent NUSL graduate is funded to work with the Greater Boston Legal Services Children's Disability Project.

 

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

 

During the most recent fiscal year, Northeastern awarded almost $790,000 in stipend assistance to support students undertaking public interest co-ops in the United States and abroad. The money came from a variety of sources including law school budget, federal work-study, and gifts from individuals, foundations and firms. In addition, approximately $34,000 in student generated funds were used to support students doing public interest legal internships.

 

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

 

Public Interest Law Scholarship Program - The Public Interest Law Scholarship covers full tuition, renewable each year as long as the scholar remains in good academic standing, as well as a $3,000 stipend for one unpaid public interest co-op. It is the most generous and prestigious scholarship offered by the law school and recipients are among our strongest students. Not only do the recipients have academic profiles that boast strong scores and grades, they also have impressive backgrounds in fields that pertain to social justice and public service. Many have worked for years in areas including human rights, immigration, social work, child advocacy, prison reform, politics and welfare reform. The scholarship is funded by major donations from law school graduates and friends. Launched in 1999 by generous donors who believed that the mission of the law school naturally led to the need for such a scholarship, the first class of scholars graduated in 2003. Public interest law scholars are expected to participate and play a leadership role in a variety of public interest activities at the law school. For those who receive the Public Interest Law Scholarship, it is required that at least two of their four required co-ops be in public interest law. Once scholars have graduated from the School of Law, it is expected that a significant portion of their careers be dedicated to public interest law.

 

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

None listed

 

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

 

Other Funding Sources:

During the most recent fiscal year, Northeastern awarded almost $790,000 in stipend assistance to support students undertaking public interest co-ops in the United States and abroad. The money came from a variety of sources including law school budget, federal work-study, and gifts from individuals, foundations and firms. In addition, approximately $34,000 in student generated funds were used to support students doing public interest legal internships.

 

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

 

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) - CRRJ hosted an event in January 2013. Poet Laureate Toni Morrison was the keynote speaker at "No Welcome Home: Remembering Harms and Restoring Justice," to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) – Throughout the academic year the Institute sponsors and collaborates in events to familiarize students with domestic violence issues in general and local violence prevention initiatives in particular. A highlight is a Networking Lunch held each fall which emphasizes opportunities for students to learn from, and work with, local advocacy organizations and legal services providers who serve survivors.

Givelber Distinguished Lectureres on Public Interest Law -- Twice annually the Law School invites a public interest practitioner to teach a two-credit seminar on a current public interest topic.

Gordon Human Rights Lecture - The annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture, established in 1993, honors outstanding lawyers, judges, scholars and advocates who work to advance human rights and social justice. The lecture is named in honor of the late Valerie Gordon '93, a lawyer and advocate for human rights in the US and internationally. Her commitment to human rights and social justice shown is shared and celebrated by the Northeastern law school community.

Each year, in conjunction with the Valerie Gordon Lecture, the law school's chapter of the Black Law Students Association sponsors a human rights essay contest for first-year law students. The essay topic is announced annually by BLSA, and "The Spirit of Valerie Gordon Award" is presented at the Gordon Lecture each spring. The 2013 lecture was delivered by Philip Alston, the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, whose teaching focuses primarily on international law and international human rights law.

Daynard Public Interest Visiting Fellows Program - The Daynard Program brings two distinguished practitioners of public interest law to the Northeastern campus each academic year for a three-day visit. The fellows, nationally recognized public interest leaders, serve as role models for students, demonstrating how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better place. The Daynard Fellows each deliver an address that focuses on the strategic use of law to promote public interest goals, participate in classes, consult about professional opportunities for students and graduates, and meet individually with interested faculty, administrators and students.

Faculty Meet-Up - This program enables students to meet with individual faculty in an informal setting to learn about the public interest teaching, research projects and pro bono activities in which Northeastern University School of Law faculty are engaged. Held once each academic year, the event, launched during the 2009-2010 year, attracts over 150 students and 30 faculty.

NU Law Forum - The Northeastern Law Forum is a quarterly speaker series that focuses on legal issues of contemporary concern. The forum provides a space for open dialogue on contested social issues of interest to students, faculty and graduates.

 

Student Public Interest Groups

 

Alliance for Israel
American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Cooperative Income Sharing Program
Federalist Society
Human Rights Caucus
International Law Society
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
National Lawyers Guild, NUSL Chapter
Northeastern Employment & Labor Law Association
Northeastern Environmental Law Society
Queers United in Radical Rethinking (QUiRR)
Society for Restorative Justice
Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

 

August 6, 2018