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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.

Lindsay Slaker, Associate Director 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 608-890-3427 or lslaker@wisc.edu.

Lindsay 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 (WIPIIP).  WIPIIP 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 2024 WIPIIP is being held virtually on the following dates:

Participating employers select the single date  most convenient for their organization and interviewers.  Students from UWLS and MULS may interview on both dates.  Students must submit their application materials by Monday, January 29, 2024.

 Employers that have participated in WIPIIP include:

36th Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference will be virtually February 3,  2024. Participation is free and open to the first, second, and third year students from participating schools.  The registration deadline is November 20, 2023.  If you timely pre-registered, the deadline by which to submit resumes will be January 10, 2024.

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 virtually to interview and meet with students.  The registration typically opens in early August, and student applications are due in mid-September. 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.

Non-Profit Organizations


State-Specific Job Sites

Inter-Governmental Organizations

International NGOs

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