Why Public Interest Law?
Students often come to law school looking to serve the public by making positive changes in their own community. USD's renowned legal research advocacy clinics such as the Center for Public Interest Law, Children's Advocacy Institute and Energy Policy Initiatives Center are centers for teaching, research and advocacy. They are nationally recognized for their work in training future public interest lawyers and their integration of students into meaningful advocacy work.
Courses in Public Interest Law
Students can focus their studies with electives that emphasize many areas of public interest law, including consumer protection, children's rights, civil rights and environmental law.
- JD with Public Interest Law Concentration
- General LLM with Concentration in Environmental Law
- Full-time, part-time and summer programs
Experience in Public Interest Law
Students benefit from USD School of Law's many nationally recognized clinics and centers that provide hands-on legal training while attending law school.
- Public Interest Law Clinic
- Child Advocacy Clinic
- Environmental Law Clinic
- Immigration Clinic
- Education and Disability Clinic
USD offers many student organizations where you can gather with like-minded colleagues to discuss and debate the latest legal issues related to public interest law.
- Advocates for Children and Education
- Environmental Law Society
- International Human Rights Law Society
- Pro Bono Legal Advocates
- Public Interest Law Foundation
- Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL)
- COMPASS Family Center
Spotlight on Public Interest
Led by Price Professor of Public Interest Law, Robert Fellmeth, USD's public interest centers and institutes serve as an academic center of research, learning and advocacy in administrative law; teach direct lawyering skills in public interest law; represent the interests of the disadvantaged or underrepresented in state regulatory proceedings; and attempt to make the regulatory functions of state government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state agencies.