Public interest law is the practice of law pursued on behalf of both individuals and causes that are not typically served by the for-profit-bar. Public interest lawyers can serve the public by working for civil legal services organizations, non-profit organizations, public defense organizations, prosecutors offices, government agencies, lobbying for non-profit organizations, and more.
Public interest work is not confined to any one political ideology or any one legal practice area. It is work undertaken to advance justice, fairness, and protection of the public, rather than commercial or personal gain.
- Public Interest Law Certificate Description (pdf)
- Post Graduate Public Interest Fellowships Handbook (pdf)
- Loan Repayment Assistance Program Description (pdf)
- Pro Bono & Community Service Handbook (pdf)
Lewis & Clark Law School, The Place for Public Interest Law
Lewis & Clark Law School graduates go on to practice public interest law at a rate far above the national average. Combining graduates who enter government work with our public interest graduates, more than one third of Lewis & Clark Law School’s graduates typically enter public service careers.