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Many students come in to law school with a passion for a particular issue or set of issues, such as education or civil rights. Others develop a strong interest for a substantive area during law school. Public interest work covers a huge range of issue areas from human rights to environmental protection. If you want to help people when you graduate from law school, public interest law is the right career choice for you. As international advocates, general counsels to environmental nonprofits or state lawmakers, Suffolk Law graduates are making a difference in the US and around the world.

Here are a few of the ways we define public interest law:

  • Promote and protect the public’s interest
  • Assert and defend human rights, civil rights and civil liberties in the US and around the world
  • Preserve and protect the world’s health and environmental resources for the public good
  • Provide pro bono representation to individuals and communities who otherwise might not have access to justice

Public service practice takes place in legal services, law reform organizations and government agencies for charities, educational and public international organizations, private public interest law firms and private law firms performing pro bono work.

If public interest law appeals to you, then Suffolk Law is the right place for you. We’ve been preparing lawyers to work for social justice and the greater good since our founding more than 100 years ago. 

Public Interest Law: Areas of Focus

For more information about how to prepare for a career in Public Service, visit these Areas of Focus. Areas of Focus are courses and extracurricular groups or activities recommended by Suffolk Law faculty to help prepare for a career in that subject. 

Law and Public Service

Civil Rights and Human Rights 

Criminal Law

Environmental and Energy Law

Immigration Law

Juvenile and Family Law