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
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
John Howard Association of Illinois (working for prison reform)
LIST OF PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS ILLINOIS
This document lists over 175 public interest organizations including government agencies located across Illinois. The document is in an excel format so that it can be used to mail merge the information onto cover letters, envelopes or labels.
Please note that while we do update this list periodically as organizations change addresses, it is always a good idea to check the organization’s website before sending your materials.
To sort the organizations by City, State: Column D lists the city and state the organization is located. To sort by City, State go to the Data menu at the top left of the page (if you do not see the Data menu, you may be in the web version of the Public Interest Law Organizations in Illinois List - return to the website and rather than opening the list, save it - when you open the saved version, you should see the Data menu). Select Sort from the Data menu and scroll down the options to select City, State in the "Sort by" field.
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.
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 Justice
This organization trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.
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.