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Online Career Resources - Public Interest

The broad definition of public interest law is the provision of legal representation and services to individuals, groups, or interests that historically have been underrepresented in our legal system.  Attorneys practicing in the public interest fall under many categories including legal aid attorneys, public defenders and fellows as well as government attorneys and judicial clerks.

The College of Law affords many academic opportunities to gain exposure to public interest practice.

Externship Placement (40 Different Opportunities)
Externship Seminar
Disability Law
Labor Law
Family Law
Environmental Law
Employment Discrimination Law
Mediation in Family Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Natural Resources Law
Trial Practice

Clinical Opportunities

Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic
Disability Rights Clinic
Community Development Law Clinic
Criminal Defense Law Clinic
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
Securities Arbitration & Consumer Clinic

Just as in private practice, public interest lawyers often specialize and develop expertise both in specific types of advocacy and in particular fields of substantive law. Within public interest there are a variety of practice settings and a number of different practice areas.

Some attorneys practice public service work their entire career where others choose a combination of public service and private law firm settings throughout their years of practice. The skills learned are transferable and the rewards of public interest law are numerous.

To learn more about public interest opportunities, College of Law students and alumni should refer to the Public Interest Job Search Guide found in the Document Library of Symplicity or schedule an appointment with a Professional & Career Development counselor