University of Wisconsin–Madison

Public Interest

The University of Wisconsin Law School has a long tradition of public service and community involvement. The Law School is committed to fostering and supporting this tradition through a vast array of public interest-oriented courses, clinical opportunities, student organizations, and guest lectures. The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) supports students interested in public interest careers through one-on-one counseling, panel discussions on a variety of public interest careers and fellowships, and job postings and career fairs. The primary OCPD contact for public interest and government employment is OCPD Director Megan Heneke (

Public Interest & Government Job Search Resources
Research job opportunities using public interest guides and government and public interest job listings.

Career Services for Public Interest Students
Learn more about the information and support available from the OCPD, including links to job search sites.

Funding For Summer Internships
Get the latest information about grant or fellowship assistance to support summer positions with public interest employers, including government employers.

Postgraduate Fellowships 
Learn about the many public interest fellowships available to law school graduates and find out how to prepare and apply for these opportunities.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)
Learn more about the LRAP program and how it supports UW Law School graduates who work for non-profit organizations or government agencies.

UW Law School's Pro Bono Program
Learn more about the Program, which connects second and third-year law student participants with Dane County attorneys and non-profits involved in civil pro bono work.

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