Public Interest - Civil Track
Civic-minded law students are drawn to this track, addressing broad areas of public concern, including illegal discrimination, environmental protection, child welfare and domestic violence.
Public interest law is the practice of law to address broad areas of public concern, such as illegal discrimination, environmental protection, child welfare and domestic violence.
Public interest lawyers and non-lawyers provide legal services to individuals, groups, and organizations that are historically unrepresented in society. Studies show that about 80% of the legal needs of the poor in the United States remain unmet, despite existing federal, state and volunteer programs that provide legal services to low-income people. Public interest lawyers, paralegals, law students and legal professionals provide legal services free of charge or for a substantially lower fee to underserved segments of the public such as the indigent, the elderly and others who cannot afford legal services.
Public interest law professionals also fight for the underdog: they seek to enact policy change, advocate for civil liberties and fight for environmental protection, consumer rights and other causes for the betterment of society.