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Public Interest Law

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, prosecutor’s offices, government agencies, by 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. 

Lewis & Clark Law School, The Place for Public Interest Law

Lewis & Clark Law School has a long and rich history of supporting students and alumni interested in public service. Our graduates go on to practice public interest law at a rate far above the national average of other law schools. More than one third of Lewis & Clark Law School’s graduates enter public service careers in the government or not-for-profit sectors. Take a few moments to explore our website and learn  about our curriculum, clinics, volunteer and community service opportunities, student activities, and financial assistance programs.

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  • Public Interest Law is located in Gantenbein on the Law Campus.


    voice 503-768-6634 fax 503-768-6729

    Director of Public Interest Law
    Carra Sahler

    10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard
    Portland, Oregon 97219