Explore Career Options

"Public Interest Law" can be understood broadly to encompass legal work that is intended to:

  • secure justice for disadvantaged and underserved individuals or communities;
  • assert, protect and defend human rights, civil rights and civil liberties;
  • preserve and protect the world's health and resources for the benefit of the public good; or
  • promote the public's interests protected by agencies of government

In collaboration with the Center for Professional Development, ATJI has developed resources to educate you about the ways you can get involved in public interest law-related work and provide you with the tools and skills you need to locate and secure these opportunities. Regardless of the practice environment in which you choose to work, Seattle University is a place to both develop skills and pursue opportunities that will serve you well in your efforts to make this a more just and humane world.

Career Development Resources

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) has created a variety of tools to help you identify what type of career would be most fulfilling. Please click here for more info.

Post-Graduate Public Interest Resources

The law school is committed to supporting the public interest careers of all students. Several public interest fellowships and jobs are available to graduating students and the following resources can provide more information:

  • Symplicity: Search for fellowships and public interest jobs via CPD’s job database.
  • PSJD.org: Access extensive Fellowship Resource Center and search a huge database of public interest fellowships, internships, and jobs
  • Equal Justice Works: National organization offering support and information for public interest-minded students, including information about Equal Justice Works and EJW/AmeriCorps Fellowships.
  • Alliance for Equal Justice: This job board is a resource for those looking for jobs or internships within the civil legal aid and pro bono sector in Washington State.
  • Fund Your Passion: Information from ATJI and CPD about financing a public interest career.
  • Incubator and Solo Initiative: Get help with starting your own practice serving clients of moderate means.
  • Postgraduate Fellowships: Information on exploring postgraduate public interest fellowships.
  • Access to Justice Institute: For more information about project-based public interest fellowships (such as Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Soros Open Society), as well as grantwriting and nonprofit management opportunities, please contact Cindy Yeung at ATJI.
  • Center for Professional Development: To discuss public sector, nonprofit, and NGO opportunities and to have your application materials reviewed (materials are reviewed in the order they are received and are generally returned within 3 business days), please contact the Center for Professional Development.