Public Interest Center

Public Interest Center

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is a leader in preparing students for public interest careers and pro bono work and in promoting the advancement of social justice. The Public Interest Center provides strategic leadership of key public interest activities on campus and promotes a strong public interest culture – one that encourages all students to develop a public service ethic. Among the Center’s features are financial support for students doing public interest work during and after law school; career programming and counseling; a wide range of pro bono and public service opportunities; and passionate student organization participation and leadership. The Center staff also works closely with faculty involved in the law school’s many public interest course offerings, including those in the Bluhm Legal Clinic, the Center for Externships, and the Law and Social Policy concentration. This collaboration helps ensure that students learn a public interest ethic both inside and outside the classroom.

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Career Support
Curricular and Co-curricular Opportunities
Pro Bono and Public Service Program
Public Interest Center Staff

Stephanie C.

Stephanie C.
JD '17

"During law school, through clinics and externships, I developed a passion for criminal defense work. I had support developing the skills necessary to turn that passion into a career. I spent my 2L summer at the Cook County Public Defender's Office, where I was able to get even more experience in the courtroom. Post law school, I will be returning to LCLC with an Equal Justice Works Fellowship."

Recent Updates

Congratulations to Northwestern Law’s Student Chapter of International Refugee Assistance Project! 

Last fall, a group of Northwestern Law students involved in the school's chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) helped a Ukrainian family of four, who arrived in the United States as refugees, apply to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The students involved in this project included JD students (including a number of 1Ls), as well as International Human Rights LLMs. Under the supervision of IRAP attorneys, the students met biweekly with the family. The student team assisted the family with gathering information and documents needed for their case. For some students, this work deepened their commitment to work as immigration/human rights attorneys, and for others, it provided a first window into public interest legal work. All students involved dedicated significant time and attention to this project, and their work was recognized at IRAP's Pro Bono Appreciation Week in April.