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Commitment to the Public Interest

Whether you are interested in devoting your career to public interest law or providing pro bono services while practicing in a private firm, Chicago-Kent can help you improve the legal profession and meet the legal needs of millions of Americans who are unable to obtain affordable, fair legal support.

Chicago-Kent is dedicated to supporting students, alumni and those in the legal community pursuing the public interest through the Certificate in Public Interest Law, initiatives, curriculum, student organizations and faculty. Chicago-Kent recognizes that the American Bar Association's Model Rule of Professional Responsibility stating that "a lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year and should voluntarily contribute support to organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means," is a commitment that must be emphasized throughout law school.

Chicago-Kent has a strong public interest tradition and a rich array of activities, courses and resources that encourage students to consider public interest law. Building on that tradition, Chicago-Kent offers the Certificate in Public Interest Law. The certificate allows students to earn a credential that further illustrates their dedication to public interest law, while also providing students with a personalized curriculum to satisfy their individual career goals. Chicago-Kent's Public Interest Law and Policy course, a core requirement of the certificate program, provides an overview of the issues faced by lawyers representing low income clients and lawyers who serve under-represented and disenfranchised groups.

Chicago-Kent is the home of the Center for Access to Justice & Technology, which aims to make justice more accessible to the public through the use of the Internet; the Career Services Office, providing guidance to students and alumni pursuing public interest careers; and the Public Interest Resource Center, a student-run initiative dedicated to finding internships and volunteer opportunities for those pursuing the public interest.

This Chicago-Kent website includes more information on these initiatives, the Certificate in Public Interest Lawcareer opportunities and guidanceLoan Repayment Assistance Program, Chicago-Kent's consumer protection law focus, and online resources for many public interest employers and organizations, and information on how to volunteer in the community.