Public Service Law Careers
The Center for Public Service Law (CPSL) encourages law students interested in pursuing
legal careers in public service/ public interest law to access our resources and
work with a professional development coach specialized in this area.
We define public service law broadly. Whether domestic or international, careers
in public service law range from working for a social justice, civil rights, environmental
protection and/or human rights organization to providing direct civil legal aid
to low-income clients and criminal public defender services. It also includes work
for public policy organizations, the legislative branch, plaintiff-side public interest
private firms, government agencies, prosecuting attorneys and attorney general offices
as well as judicial clerkships. Our Center also coaches law students seeking nontraditional
careers in the public service sector.
In addition, our Center hosts events and programs throughout the school year addressing
important public service law career-building topics. Please visit our
Events page for a full listing of public service law events including Social
Justice Tuesdays, Gates Speaker Series and career-building presentations and workshops.
Please write to
to obtain information about professional development coach specialized in public
The Center for Professional
& Leadership Development continues to coach law students seeking careers
in the private sector, government and judicial clerkships. Law students seeking
careers with private firms or the corporate sector are encouraged to contact
for a professional development coach assignment.
As you consider your public service law career, please follow our blog,
Common Good, and explore our many
public service law career resources.