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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 service law.

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.

Last updated 4/1/2014