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Public Interest Practice 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. 

Required Courses

  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Procedure


In addition to completing the foundational courses, students are required to take 16 credits of coursework  from the courses listed below.  One course must be a skills course. 

  • Access to Justice
  • Administrative Law
  • Cannabis Law
  • Child, Family, and the State
  • Civil Rights Police Misconduct
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Federal Courts
  • First Amendment
  • First Amendment Moot Court *
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court*
  • Gender & the Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Clinic*
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law & Social Change
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Land Use
  • Landlord & Tenant Law
  • Legal Aid Clinic *
  • Legislation
  • National Security & Government Accountability
  • Non-Profit Law
  • Representing Children
  • Sexual Orientation Law
  • Special Education Law
* Denotes a skills course

The Associate Dean may also permit externships, independent studies, and LL.M courses to count toward concentration requirements upon petition of a student in advance.

Concentration Request Form

Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.