Public Interest

Public Interest


The Career Development Office supports a multitude of programs and resources for those interested in pursuing public-interest and public-service careers. The CDO has available various public-interest and public-service resources in our online Resource Center to help students and alumni research positions in government, legal aid, the non-profit sector, and fellowships. Additionally, Katelynn McBride, our Program Director for Public Interest and Chicago Initiatives, is well-versed in public-interest career information and eager to assist with counseling students and alumni. The CDO also facilitates pro bono and other service opportunities by administering programs, such as the Summer Stipend Program, the Shaffer and Bank of America Foundation Fellowships, and Public Interest Fellowship Season.


Federal Work Study and Law School Funding Program

The CDO administers Federal Work Study and Law School Funding, which provides students with stipends for unfunded public-interest law positions. These funds can be matched with Federal Work Study funding on an eligibility basis individualized for each student.

Loan Payment Assistance Program

The Law School also has a substantial Loan Repayment Assistance Program to help graduates who pursue public interest work with the debt they undertook while in law school.