We are often asked why CDO doesn`t host a special public interest job fair here at Yale. First, we prefer to include public benefit employers in FIP and SIP so that they can benefit from the same technology, schedule and arrangements as other employers. Second, the reasons (discussed above) that discourage many public interest employers from coming to FIP will prevent them from participating in a public interest job fair separate from YLS. In addition, public interest employers may have internal hiring schedules based on staffing needs or budgets that are not compatible with FIP or SIP. For many public-interest employers, their needs can be better met through joint interview programs, such as those YLS runs with NYU Law School and Equal Justice Works (EJW) in Washington, DC. Careers in the public interest offer the opportunity to work in places such as non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other employers that advocate for and serve the common good. Positions in public interest groups, public service organizations, and law firms (usually not-for-profit) are ways to serve the common good while gaining valuable and substantial legal experience that will help you secure future legal employment and succeed. Many 1Ls who work after their first year do so in both paid and unpaid positions in the public interest. With planning and creativity, these summer experiences can result in ongoing law school rotations and full-time postgraduate positions. If you choose another area of law, the skills you gain from this experience can be transferred to both public and private employers. Since the resources of these organizations are often limited, you will likely gain immediate hands-on experience while providing the necessary legal and advocacy services to underserved community members. The experience can change both your life and your life.
For example, lawyers work in the public interest on a variety of civil rights issues, including discrimination based on race, ethnicity or sexual orientation; Sexuality; the rights of persons with disabilities, whether physically or mentally disabled; or issues related to human rights violations. Public interest lawyers also represent people at risk of eviction and homelessness, fighting for fair wages or receiving government benefits, and struggling with workplace issues. Survivors of domestic violence, people with family law or immigration issues, and people facing criminal prosecution (on probation or currently incarcerated) also turn to public interest lawyers for help. Start by looking at clinical and external offerings from a law school. Most of these options allow you to combine excellent legal education and public service while earning academic credits. Join APIL. This student organization raises and allocates funds to give fellows the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in summer internships in the public interest, provides networking and educational opportunities for public interest law students, and creates a community where students can demonstrate individual and community support for public interest law. The NAP Public Service Section – NAP Public Service Section, comprised of law school guidance counsellors, volunteer managers, public sector employers and others, supports a number of ongoing projects to promote and facilitate careers in the public service. If you`re not quite ready for law school, you can still get a taste of public interest law in many ways.
Most public interest organizations and government agencies employ non-lawyers (paid and unpaid) to assist their lawyers. These non-lawyers can serve as paralegals, investigators, data collectors and in a variety of other ways that provide an important service and allow you to learn more about public interest law. Our YSMP blog and Twitter feed (@PSJDtweets) provide up-to-date content on public service law news, job search strategies and legal employment trends. There is no one way to achieve the public interest and work as a lawyer in the public service. Whether you want to work full-time in the public or government interest, or volunteer in private practice, the Faculty of Law`s Office of Social Justice Initiatives (ICS) makes all of these avenues possible. Last but not least, the attorney may also work in government in the public interest, whether in state and federal prosecutors` offices or in government agencies, including attorney general`s offices. Work may focus on both domestic and international issues, including human rights. PSJD Public Interest News Digest – Each week, Samuel Halpert, NALP`s Director of Public Service, provides a summary of news related to the public service legal community, with a focus on funding, the labour market, law school initiatives and developments in access to justice. Click here to subscribe to the Public Interest Newsletter. To learn more about scholarships and funding a job in the public interest, check out our guide in Connecting the Law Students can also engage in public interest law through their school`s pro bono offerings. To demonstrate the importance of this work, some law schools even have a mandatory volunteer requirement to ensure that students take advantage of these opportunities and gain experience in public interest law.
Scholarships are paid, postgraduate, time-limited opportunities to gain invaluable experience in a public interest, usually for 1-2 years, although some scholarships are part-time or short-term opportunities. Scholarships can be offered by a non-profit organization or an agency itself, organized by a larger institution such as Equal Justice Works, or offered by Denver Law. Some scholarships are simply advertised positions that you can apply for as a regular job. Others require you to work with a nonprofit or other organization and propose a project to the funder, who will then pay the scholarship salary while you work at the nonprofit. Not surprisingly, people with experience in the public interest tend to start in law school and practice. They also often easily contribute their experience to postgraduate jobs – and fill jobs. Do you want to defend equality? Have you always presented yourself as a prosecutor in Law & Order? Have you considered a career that advocates for the needy or represents immigrants? All of these opportunities and more are available in public service careers, and at Denver Law, we want to help you explore positions with government agencies, nonprofits, public benefit companies, and other employers working for the common good. Denver law graduates pursue a wide range of careers in the public service, and the CDO Public Service team strives to provide information about the public service legal community, promote employment opportunities in the public service, and improve access to funding for this work. For more information on scholarships, consult the Guide to Public Interest Scholarships.
The Public Service Job Inventory, or PSG, is an effective and centralized tool for finding information on public policy opportunities, including scholarships. PSJD consists of a network of 200 member universities in the United States and Canada (including YLS) and more than 13,000 public interest legal organizations around the world. Through its online database, PSJD provides a comprehensive clearinghouse of public interest organizations and opportunities for lawyers and law students. As PSJD members, YLS students and alumni can conduct customized research for organizations they are interested in and for opportunities of public interest ranging from short-term volunteering and paid internships to postgraduate jobs, scholarships, and pro bono opportunities. Public interest careers include jobs with prosecutors, public defenders, government agencies, non-profit organizations, political campaigns, unions, private public interest law firms, and more. Her practice could include criminal law, environmental law, family law, labour law, municipal law, contract law, compliance work, international work in the public interest, public policy advocacy. almost all areas of interest. PSJD — www.psjd.org.
NALP`s YHSP website is the leading online database of public service jobs, connecting public interest job seekers to job opportunities at all levels of experience. Law school students and alumni who subscribe to YYSP have free access to our database of employment and employer profiles. Public sector employers can advertise jobs free of charge. PSJD also offers a wide range of career development resources for working professionals and job seekers. Our resources include: Take a close look at the skills and knowledge you`re likely to gain at a large law firm and see if it`s transferable to the public interest work you want. If you develop an in-depth knowledge of mergers and acquisitions in the business, it is unlikely to be useful in the area of public interest. If litigation is your desired skill, learn what litigation skills you will develop in the firm and when. Partner of the Equal Justice Works Job Fair and Conference – NALP partners with Equal Justice Works at its annual career fair by sponsoring and hosting a networking reception for law school professionals and public service employers. Members of the NAP Public Service Section also bring their expertise to many substantive sessions of the program. There`s a reason public interest lawyers are among the happiest in the legal profession: they use their legal skills to fight for important causes and marginalized clients who otherwise have little hope of a chance in our legal system.