Practice Areas

Each of the practice settings concentrates in one or more areas of substantive law. Many public interest employers are drawn to public interest work based on the particular practice area focus. For this reason, it is helpful to assess your areas of interest as a way to begin the search process for public interest employment. Listed below are examples of practice area specialties available in the field of public interest law.

  • Administrative Law
  • AIDS / HIV
  • Animal Rights
  • Arts
  • Bankruptcy and Consumer Debt
  • Children / Youth
  • Civil Rights / Civil Liberties
  • Community Economic Development
  • Constitutional
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Death Penalty / Prisoners' Rights
  • Disability Law
  • Education
  • Elder Law
  • Employment / Labor
  • Environmental / Energy
  • Family Law
  • Gay / Lesbian / Transgender Rights
  • Government / Regulatory Affairs
  • Health / Medical
  • Homeless / Housing Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Clerking / Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid
  • Legislative Policy and Analysis
  • Litigation
  • Migrant Workers
  • Military JAG / Civilian Attorney
  • Municipal Law
  • Native Americans
  • Poverty
  • Public Benefits / Welfare Reform
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Religious / Faith based
  • Tax
  • Women
  • Zoning and Land Use