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 the Law School’s Summer Federal Work-Study Program. Below are links to the agency agreement (including a cover letter explained the Program to employers), student agreements, hours verification forms, and the PowerPoint slides from our information session regarding the program. In order to apply, you must submit a completed Agency Agreement and Student Agreement to Applications are processed on a rolling basis and admission to the Program is first-come, first-served. The final date that you may turn in your completed Agency Agreement and Student Agreement is April 12, 2018. However, please note that spots in the Program are limited and are likely to fill up in advance of that deadline.

Agency Agreement
Cover Letter for Federal-Work Study Employers
Student Agreement – Federal Work-Study, Class of 2019
Student Agreement – Federal Work-Study, Class of 2020
Student Agreement – Law School Funding, Class of 2019
Student Agreement – Law School Funding, Class of 2020
Midpoint Hours Verification Form
Final Hours Verification Form
Summer Federal Work-Study Program Slides

If you have any questions regarding the Program, please contact Heidi Baguer at or 574-631-7542.

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.