Course Details

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 ResolutionConstitutional Law & ProcedureLegal Skills DevelopmentProcedure Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Requires Practicum Placement


Course History

Fall 2014
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8



Spring 2014
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8



Fall 2013
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 8



Summer 2013
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Bedi, Sheila (courses  |  homepage)
Bedi, Sheila A
Tepfer, Joshua (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 33     Actual: 36



Spring 2013
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 7



Fall 2012
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 3



Summer 2012
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Audra
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 18     Actual: 26



Summer 2012
Title: Practicum: Public Interest Law
Faculty: Wilson, Audra
Section: 2     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 27



Spring 2012
Title: Practicum: Public Interest
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Practicum     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 9



Fall 2011
Title: Practicum: Public Interest
Faculty: Wilson, Cynthia A. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Practicum     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 10