Public Interest Track

Required Courses

Students must complete the following three courses:

  1. Administrative Law
  2. Federal Jurisdiction
  3. Perspective Elective

Distribution Requirement

Students must complete at least four courses (12 credits), including at least one course in two of the following curricular areas:

Individual Rights

  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • First Amendment
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • Ideas of the First Amendment
  • Law and Social Change
  • Prisoners' Rights
  • Race, Social Science, and the Law
  • Religion and the Law
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law
  • Women, Children and Human Rights

Public and Non-profit Management

  • The Not for Profit Institution: Issues in Law and Governance
  • Power in Organizations (Kellogg)
  • Reinventing Government (Kellogg)
  • Dynamics of Leadership (Kellogg)

Specialized Practice Areas

  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Process
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Natural Resources
  • Refugee and Asylum
  • Torts II

Clinical Requirement

Students must complete a minimum of six credits of clinical work through the following Legal Clinic or Practicum courses.

  • Civil Government Practicum
  • Clinic: MacArthur Justice Center: Criminal Justice Reform
  • Clinic Practice: Center for International Human Rights
  • Clinic Practice: Center on Wrongful Convictions
  • Clinic Practice: Complex Civil Litigation
  • Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense and Appeals
  • Clinic Practice: Federal Criminal Appellate Practice
  • Clinic Practice: Human Rights Advocacy in U.S. Courts and International Tribunals
  • Clinic Practice: Investor Protection
  • Clinic Practice: Juvenile Delinquency and School Law
  • Clinic Practice: Juvenile Justice and Death Penalty Trials and Appeals
  • Clinic Practice: Juvenile Justice and Reform, Delinquency/Criminal Trials and Appeals
  • Clinic Practice: Juvenile Justice: Courtroom and Legislative Advocacy
  • Clinic Practice: Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Court—Cook County JCC
  • Clinic Practice: Program on Civil Litigation
  • Clinical Practice I: Public Interest
  • Clinic Practice II: Public Interest
  • Clinic Practice: Small Business Opportunity Center
  • Clinic Practice: The United States Supreme Court
  • Clinic Practice: Wrongful Convictions, Juvenile Justice and Clemency and Parole
  • Clinic Practice: Youth and Women Asylum Law Clinic
  • Criminal Law Practicum
  • Judicial Practicum
  • Public Interest Practicum

Research Requirement

Students must complete a substantial research and writing project within the concentration. This requirement may be satisfied by one of the following:

  • completing an approved Senior Research Project on a public interest topic
  • completing a 2- or 3- draft paper, or equivalent research project, in a seminar or course approved as part of the Concentration, or
  • completing an approved Directed Reading and Research project on a public interest topic