Practicum: Public Interest Law
The goal of this Practicum is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of public interest law practice, broadly defined. The assigned readings cover a variety of topics related to public interest law. Students participate in a weekly seminar where they discuss the readings and their work at the placement agency. In addition, students spend 12 hours per week in a field placement or externship with a non-profit public interest legal organization of their choosing. There are many non-profit legal agencies in the Chicago area, covering a wide range of clients and subject matters. All second and third year students are eligible to participate in the Public Interest Practicum. Students in the course should begin searching for an appropriate placement at least one month before the semester begins and are expected to have secured a specific externship by the start of class. The professor teaching the course will assist students in finding externships responsive to the student's interests. Each placement must be approved by the professor teaching the course in the semester for which the placement is secured.
Catalog Number: CONPUB 638
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law & Procedure, Legal Skills Development, Procedure Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Requires Practicum Placement