At Fowler School of Law, we believe that law students and attorneys have a responsibility to give back and support public interest law. This involves advocating for individuals in poverty or marginalized populations.
As with other practice areas, and because of the breadth of public interest practice, in exploring public interest career paths, you need to fully research the field. Below are websites, handbooks, and other resources that you will find helpful in your search.
Students interested in public interest should join Fowler School of Law's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), which offers grants to students for summer internships in public interest.
For the Professional Development Graduation Requirement, students can elect to perform pro bono work and earn up to two credits toward this requirement. Please see the Professional Development Graduation Requirement Pro Bono Log.
- Useful job database and information resource for students looking into public interest, government, and international opportunities.
- Allows students to search for academic year and summer internships by geographic location and subject matter.
- Includes post-graduate fellowship opportunities, a fellowship guide, and all full-time, part-time, and pro bono opportunities.
- Students can create e-mail alerts to receive job-postings in their inbox daily or weekly.
- Access to fellowship handbooks and helpful tips for preparing a public interest resume and interview preparation.
- Offers practice guides for areas such as environmental law, LGBT rights, and immigration advocacy.
- NLADA.org: Directory of Legal Aid and Defenders Offices.
- Information on post-graduate fellowships or AmeriCorps, SummerCorps programs and applications.
- EJW annual conference and career fair.
- Financing a public interest career and debt reduction.
- Idealist.org: Website for legal and non-legal jobs related to social justice.
- Probono.net: Links volunteers to local, regional, and national pro bono opportunities.
- ABA Guide to California pro bono Opportunities: Links volunteers to local pro bono opportunities.
- One-justice.org: Southern California’s Public Interest Clearinghouse.
- Making a Difference Through Volunteering & Nonprofit Careers: Lists non-profit, job-seeking resources, how to network to open non-profit doors, and information on volunteering internationally
- PSJD Comprehensive Fellowship Guide: Also located in the CSO.
Salary and Loan Repayment Information:
- NALP Jobs & JDs Employment Salaries of New Law Graduates: Located in the CSO.
- AskHeatherJarvis.com: Interactive site where students and graduates can ask Heather Jarvis, national student loan expert, questions on loan forgiveness and available programs.
- EqualJusticeWorks.org: Provides current students and graduates with information on loan repayment options including the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) and income-based repayment.