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Public Interest Career Counseling

The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) provides individual advising to students interested in pursing public interest careers.

Megan Heneke, Assistant Dean of OCPD, is the primary public interest adviser and available to meet one-on-one with students to discuss, among other things, public interest careers and job searches, post-graduate fellowships, and funding for summer public interest positions. She can be contacted for appointments at either 608-265-6684 or megan.heneke@wisc.edu.

Megan also maintains an e-mail listserv for students interested in receiving periodic updates on public interest events and jobs. Please contact her directly to join the listserv.

Public Interest Job Fairs

Annual University of Wisconsin/Marquette Law School Public Interest Job Fair

The University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School jointly host the Wisconsin Public Interest Interview Program (PIIP).  PIIP is a great opportunity for students to interview with multiple public interest and government employers for either paid or unpaid summer internships or permanent positions after graduation.

The 2021 PIIP is being held on the following two dates:

Participating employers select the single date and location most convenient for their organization and interviewers.  Students from UWLS and MULS may interview on both dates at the specified law school.  Students must submit their application materials by Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

 Employers that have participated in the Public Interest Interview Program include:

33rd Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference will be held at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago on February 6, 2021. Participation is free and open to the first, second, and third year students from participating schools.  The registration deadline is December 3, 2020. Contact Megan Heneke (megan.heneke@wisc.edu) if you wish to pre-register.  If you timely pre-registered, the deadline by which to submit resumes will be January 13, 2021.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair

This is the largest public interest law-related job fair in the country.  Each October it brings over 200 employers to the Washington, DC area to interview and meet with students.  The Career Fair, along with a conference on public interest career topics, is held in October of each year in Washington, DC.  OCPD offers a small travel stipend to assist with the cost of attending the Career Fair.  More information about the Career Fair is available at www.equaljusticeworks.org.

Public Interest Job listings & Research SItes

The Career Services Office has assembled a list of Internet resources to help students search for public interest internships, careers, fellowships and funding opportunities in many areas of law, including electronic resources for Public Interest students.

General

Government

State-Specific Job Sites

Inter-Governmental Organizations

International NGOs

Domestic Organizations

(Sometimes they have opportunities in International Law)

Regional Job Listings

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