Public Interest Law Concentration
A public interest concentration prepares students for a wide range of career paths, ranging from positions with non-profit organizations or within the government sector, including the representation of children, representation of criminal defendants, the provision of services to low income individuals, as well as impact litigation. Because of the wide variety of career paths, course offerings in the Concentration vary widely—for example, from Representing Children, to Landlord Tenant, to First Amendment Rights.
Students must complete the following course:
Note: Students must successfully complete Constitutional Law as a prerequisite for this concentration. The course credit for Constitutional Law does not count toward credits required for concentration.
In addition to completing the foundational course, students are required to take additional coursework sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the concentration advisor:
Access to Justice
Comparative Constitutional Law
Critical Race Theory
Federal Courts and Jurisdiction
First Amendment Rights
International Human Rights
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation
Law and Social Change
Landlord & Tenant
Law and Terrorism
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law
Practical Skills Courses
In addition to the required foundational and elective coursework, students are required to complete a practical skills course in one of the following:
- First Amendment Moot Court
- Frederick Douglass Moot Court
- Independent Study (must be pre-approved by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Concentration Advisor)
- International Human Rights Clinic
- Legal Services Clinic
- Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration
- Negotiation Competition
- 60 hours of faculty-approved legal pro bono work (placement must be approved by Concentration Advisor)
- Public Interest Externship Placement (must be pre-approved by Concentration Advisor)
Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.
Note: In the case of extraordinary circumstances and undue hardship, the Associate Dean, in consultation with the Concentration Advisor may propose an alternative means of satisfying the Practice Component.
*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.