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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.

  • Legislative and Administrative Process (Formerly Administrative Law)
  • Cannabis Law
  • Child Protection Law Simulation
  • Civil Rights Police Misconduct
  • Climate and Environmental Justice
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Profession
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law in Capitalist America
  • Family Law Mediation Clinic & Seminar*
  • Federal Courts
  • Food Law & Policy
  • First Amendment
  • Gender and the Law
  • Gender Law in Israel
  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Human Rights Clinic & Seminar*
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law & Social Change
  • Labor Law in Capitalist America
  • Landlord & Tenant Law
  • Legal Aid Clinic & Seminar *
  • Legislation
  • Mediation
  • Municipal and Land Use Law
  • Race and the Law
  • Race, Diversity and Employment Law
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Law
  • Voting Rights
* 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.