Public Interest

The Career Strategy Center offers a full set of resources to any students pursuing summer or permanent employment with non-profit and government organizations. This includes the Public Interest Advisor, whose focus is on assisting students pursuing public interest positions. More information, strategy guides, and other resources are available under the Public Interest section of CareerSpace for current students.

Throughout the year, the Career Strategy Center sponsors many programs and speakers on public interest employment. Every February, Northwestern Law hosts the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference, where more than 50 employers from the Midwest and beyond come to interview and meet with law students.

Pritzker Fellowship

Designed to support those students graduating from the Law School to pursue Public Interest work, several fellows are selected annually to receive post-graduate public interest fellowships. Recipients are chosen based upon projects they design to provide legal services or advocacy to underrepresented clients at a domestic nonprofit agency. In the most recent year 10 candidates were selected to receive a full year’s worth of funding to support their work assisting communities across the country.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

In addition to the Pritzker Fellowship, the Law School has a generous and unique LRAP that provides funding through forgivable loans for graduates. Northwestern Law was one of the first law schools in the country to help preserve a complete range of career choices for its graduates by providing graduates who enter public interest and government jobs assistance in repaying their law school loans.