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The term “Public Interest Law” is difficult to define precisely. Kimm Alayne Walton in her book America’s Greatest Places to Work With A Law Degree (Harcourt Brace, 1999) provides that: “As a general matter you could call public interest the area that provides legal representation to people, groups, or interests that are historically underrepresented in our legal system.” This broad definition necessarily includes not only nonprofit organizations and public interest law firms, but also government positions (the government is typically included in the area of public interest because of its public service mission).
Students interested in public interest careers need to explore and begin to define their specific areas of public interest early on in their law school careers … //
… Students also have the opportunity to spend a semester in D.C. working for a non-profit or government agency for law school credit. If you would like to work in D.C. or in any public policy-related position after graduation, this program offers the opportunity to make contacts and gain intensive, hands-on experience in your field of interest. To learn more please see the Semester in D.C. Externship Program.
Equal Justice Works has posted a new College Cost Reduction and Access Act resource on its website: The Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employment Checklist can help graduates evaluate their student loans and determine if they can benefit from the new federal student loan forgiveness program.
The following sites provide additional information on careers in public interest law. Many of these sites provide links to other opportunities with public interest organizations (follows a long list of non-profits): … (full text).