Career Paths: Public Interest

The role of public interest law is to promote the representation of the underrepresented, ensure equal access to the legal system for all and to raise society's consciousness regarding social and political issues that affect all of our lives.  Public interest lawyers represent a variety of individuals, including the poor, the homeless, minorities, the elderly, veterans, workers, and consumers.  In addition to representing a diverse group of people, public interest lawyers perform a wide range of law-related activities and their work embraces a wide diversity of issues, including: immigration, the environment, employment, housing, civil rights, First Amendment rights, consumer rights, education and child abuse.