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Public Interest Law & Public Service


Public Interest
​​​​​​​​The College of Law is part of DePaul University, a Vincentian university rooted in a strong commitment to service and social justice. Students who plan to use their law degree to help the unrepresented and underrepresented will find a welcoming community at DePaul.

From the 1L Service Day at Orientation until long after our alumni take their first public interest or public service job, we prepare these students to serve in diverse fields, including criminal law, immigrati​on, domestic violence, housing, and civil rights. Our faculty and staff are here to support you, including a Law Career Services assistant director who is dedicated to assisting students and alumni pursuing careers in public interest and public services.

Through the Pro Bono and Community Service Initiative (PBCSI), DePaul College of Law is dedicated to training students to become lawyers who consider service to the community an integral part of their professional commitment, regardless where their career path takes them.

With DePaul College of Law's public interest legal writing section, law students are introduced to legal practice with a focus on public interest in a community of students who share similar interests. Students can also explore the breadth of public interest and public service law through DePaul College of Law's wide variety of electives, including clinics taught by experienced, nationally-known practitioners. DePaul College of Law Students also have the opportunity to participate in a journal dedicated to public interest law, the DePaul Journal of Social Justice. Graduating with a public interest certificate or as a Center for Public Interest Law Fellow is a credential that signals the depth of our students’ commitment to public interest law and enhances their marketability in this field.