Public Interest Websites
For students interested in pursuing a career in public interest, the links below give a good overview of the types of legal aid and public interest organizations that exist in Illinois and beyond.
These websites are a good place to start when looking for a volunteer opportunity to build your resume or a summer internship. Keep in mind that many public interest positions are unpaid. For information on funding, see our Public Interest Funding page.
ILLINOIS PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS
John Howard Association of Illinois (working for prison reform)
NATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST WEBSITES
Provides information about every foundation in the country. Much of the information provided is free, but some is only available to paying subscribers. The job corner contains a database of job openings in foundations, corporate grant makers, and other nonprofit organizations.
Legal Services Corporation
A private, non-profit corporation established by Congress in 1974 to assure equal access to justice. This website features jobs located at the Legal Services Corporation.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
The "jobs" section of the NLADA website includes positions in civil legal services, defender organizations, public interest law firms, and academia.
This is a non-profit organization that features classifieds, which can be searched by region or state as well as regional sites. Opportunity Knocks also has job search process information, such as how to write a resume and articles on interviewing.
Law Students for Reproductive Rights
This handbook provides information on legal internships and post-graduate fellowships related to reproductive rights.
National Fair Housing Advocate
This website lists positions with organizations and governmental agencies dealing with fair housing issues.
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST WEBSITES
Listing of non-profit jobs and internships available locally, nationally, and world wide.
Lawyers without Borders
A global association of lawyers dedicated to the promotion and protection of human justice via pro bono service.
Features positions with organizations protecting th environment, fostering development and assisting with relief-efforts.