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Public Interest Job Search Resources

Public interest law spans a wide variety of practice areas and settings, but shares the common goal of providing legal services to under-represented populations and issues.  Loyola encourages students and alumni to incorporate public interest work into their career plans whether it is as a pro bono opportunity or working in the public interest community.

Students interested in pursuing a public interest career should sign up for the CSO Public Interest Law TWEN Group to receive periodic email announcements about upcoming events or job opportunities and should review the resources below for information on career planning, resumes and cover letters, summer and post-graduate jobs, debt relief, and career fairs.

An article on applying for project-based fellowships, via www.psjd.org

LINKS TO PUBLIC INTEREST & PRO BONO RESOURCES 

LINKS TO PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS
Links to the websites of various public interest organizations.

PSJD 
An online resource connecting public interest law job seekers with their ideal opportunities. The Job Seeker User Guide has step-by-step directions that will walk you through registration, finding resources, running simple and advanced job searches, setting up Email Alerts and Favorites, and more.

PRO BONO RESOURCES
Resources and information on pro bono and volunteer opportunities.

CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC INTEREST
Learn more about the coursework and co-curricular experience required for Loyola’s Certificate in Public Interest.

RECORDING PRO BONO HOURS IN SYMPLICITY
Students should be sure to keep track of their volunteer and pro bono experience via their profile in Symplicity.

 

RESUME & COVER LETTER TIPS 

SAMPLE PUBLIC INTEREST RESUMES & COVER LETTERS 
This handout offers a specific job posting followed by a resume and cover letter that have been tailored to apply to the position.

GOOD/BETTER SAMPLE COVER LETTERS
This handout offers a cover letter written for a specific position (the "good" cover letter), incorporates track changes, and gives a final product (the "better" cover letter). 

 

SUMMER JOB RESOURCES

PUBLIC INTEREST SUMMER JOB SEARCH WEBINARS
This free, two-part webinar series, co-sponsored by NALP and Equal Justice Works, provides insight on the key elements of the summer public interest job application process.

GETTING (AND GIVING) THE MOST IN YOUR SUMMER INTERNSHIP
An article from PSLawNet on how to maximize your summer internship experience from Deb Ellis, Assistant Dean for Public Service at NYU School of Law.

PUBLIC INTEREST SUMMER PROGRAMS & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities to receive funding for otherwise unpaid public interest internships.

PILI INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Information regarding the Public Interest Law Initiative's summer and school-year internship opportunities.

SUCCESS STRATEGY: KEEPING THE JOB SEARCH ALIVE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS (PDF)
Article by Kristen Pavon, via the NALP Bulletin, June 2012

HOW TO FIND A CAREER IN THE NONPROFIT WORLD‌ (PDF)
Article by Hillary Mantis, via The National Jurist, October 4, 2013

 

JOB RESOURCES

GETTING PUBLIC INTEREST EXPERIENCE DURING LAW SCHOOL 
Opportunities to incorporate public interest and government work into your academic career and gain valuable skills and experience.

711 LICENSE 
Rule 711 of the Illinois Supreme Court allows law students to engage in the limited practice of law, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, subject to several conditions.

FELLOWSHIPS & FUNDING FOR POST-GRADUATE PUBLIC INTEREST OPPORTUNITIES 
Information for students interested in applying for post-graduate fellowships.

PROJECT-BASED FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS (PDF)
An article on applying for project-based fellowships, via www.pslawnet.org.

 

DEBT RELIEF 

STUDENT DEBT RELIEF
Information on debt relief programs for those who pursue public interest careers.

LOYOLA'S LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Information regarding Loyola's loan repayment assistance program for alums working in the public sector.

EJW EDUCATIONAL DEBT MANUAL
This free manual provides basic information about student loans, repayment options and relief programs such as Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness, so you can manage your educational debt.

 

CAREER FAIRS 

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS CAREER FAIR AND CONFERENCE
A public interest and government job fair and conference hosted by Equal Justice Works. 

MIDWEST PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CAREER CONFERENCE
A public interest and government job fair hosted by the schools of the Chicago Area Law School Consortium.

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