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 Emily Kite, Associate Director (

Public Interest Courses & Clinics
Learn about public interest courses and clinics, including advice on planning your academic program and selecting courses.

Public Interest Student Organizations
Find out about the Law School's Public Interest Law Foundation (UW-PILF) and other student organizations that work on pubic interest issues.

Public Interest Job Search Handbooks
The OCPD has created Public Interest Job Search Handbooks to give students general information about the public interest job search process.

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.

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

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi

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