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What is Public Interest Law?

Increasing Access to Justice.

Public interest law is a broad category that can be defined as the not-for-profit representation of groups or individuals who would not otherwise have access to justice. Whether they work for the government, a legal aid organization, or a public policy nonprofit, public interest lawyers are concerned with protecting the civil, political, and economic rights of individuals.

Many of the School of Law’s alumni are public interest lawyers currently practicing in a wide range of areas including:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Children's Rights
  • Civil Rights/Human Rights
  • Community Economic Development
  • Criminal Law/Death Penalty/Innocence Projects
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Homelessness/Housing
  • Immigration/Asylum
  • Income Tax Assistance
  • Labor Law
  • Law Reform/Public Policy
  • Law Related Education/Street Law
  • Mediation
  • Prisoners' Issues