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Public Law and Policy Program

Careers

Career Planning: Self-Assessment, Practice Area Research, Job Search Strategies, Timelines

Public service legal work is fulfilling on both professional and personal levels. Public-minded students and graduates help better the lives of people in great need, advance important social policies, and advocate for positive change. Public service attorneys typically express tremendous satisfaction with their careers.

We use the terms "public interest" and "public service" interchangeably, to mean work that spans all political ideologies and is pursued on the basis of individual or group concepts of justice, fairness, and advancement of the public good, rather than for commercial or personal gain. Public interest includes working in government and work on behalf of individuals and causes not often served by the for-profit bar, such as work in non-profit organizations or public interest law firms.

Before beginning any job search, it is critically important to do two kinds of inquiries: