Commitment to the Public Interest

Being in Chicago offers a big advantage to those who are passionate about public interest law. Chicago-Kent partners with numerous agencies and nonprofits operating on the front lines, where those exploring the field can be plugged into various internship, externship, and fellowship opportunities. Faculty and staff help students identify an area of public interest that they are passionate about and support them along the way. We also offer a series of public interest events and practicums that allow students to network with those in the field and stay apprised of current legal issues.

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.

Other opportunities include:

The Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative, located with the Public Interest Center, is dedicated to volunteer opportunities for those interested in public interest, including specialized programs focused on patents, property tax relief, and education on the Constitution.

The Self-Help Resource Center at the Circuit Court of Cook County, in downtown Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Center, allows students to assist low-income litigants who are unfamiliar with the court system.

Externship Opportunities, through Chicago-Kent’s Access2Practice Program and Judicial Externship Program, allow students to gain practical experience at a wide range of legal aid, judicial, and government agencies for credit.

The Justice and Technology Practicum explores how technology and new innovations can make legal services more accessible to those with limited resources.

Work Opportunities: We offer guidance to help you find paid experience through a wide range of fellowships, internships, and the community-based federal work-study program. 

Our Loan Repayment Assistance Program, solely for students who will focus on public interest law, helps graduates repay their student loan debt when starting their careers.