The role of public interest law is to promote the representation of the underrepresented, to strive for equal access to the legal system for all, and to raise society’s consciousness regarding social and political issues that affect all of our lives. Public interest lawyers represent a variety of individuals, including the poor, the homeless, minorities, the elderly, veterans, workers and consumers. In addition to representing a diverse group of people, public interest lawyers perform a wide range of law-related activities and their work embraces a wide diversity of issues, including: immigration, the environment, employment, housing, civil rights, First Amendment rights, consumer rights, education, elder law, and child abuse. Public interest practice settings are numerous and sometimes government employment is considered public interest work.
For additional information about public interest law careers, please consult the CSO Handbook chapters “Fundamentals of Job Searching” and “Mechanics of a Job Search.”
Students and alumni interested in public interest careers should review the information at www.psjd.org. PSJD User Guide for Job Seekers