Programs, Events & Trainings

ATJI offers countless ways for students and the law school community to deepen their understanding of social justice issues. Below is a listing of current offerings that help students connect academic learning with real-world issues and action.

ATJI programs

  • ATJI First Year Fellows: Every year, a cohort of 1Ls are selected to engage in a year-long learning experience to build skills that set a foundation for a career in public interest and social justice work, as well leadership within and outside of the law school.
  • Social Justice Mondays: Social Justice Mondays is an organized, weekly series that aims to create a forum to bring awareness and encourage discussion about the many issues that surround the idea of "social justice" in order to educate and strengthen the community of students, faculty and staff at Seattle University School of Law.

    ATJI works with students and student organizations to organize Social Justice Mondays that often involve faculty, practicing attorneys, and other community leaders presenting or facilitating a conversation on a substantive legal issue. Details about the event including the topic and speakers are emailed weekly to student, staff and faculty.

    Interested in Organizing a Social Justice Monday? We invite students, student organizations, faculty, and/or staff to submit proposals for a program/event idea. Please see the Social Justice Mondays Event Proposal Guidelines for more information.

  • Racial Justice Leadership Institute: Fosters leadership skills for working in all areas of the legal profession in ways that resist systems of privilege and oppression. Check back for information about upcoming sessions.

Check out our ConnectSU portal for future trainings.

Law school opportunities

  • Social Justice Leadership Committee: comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and staff working on social justice initiatives within the law school. Contact us for more information.
  • Seattle University School of Law Domestic Violence Protection Order Clinic
  • Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): A student-led organization committed to increasing awareness of the rewards, challenges, opportunities, and needs in public interest law.
  • Externship Program: Offering a wide range of for-credit experiential learning opportunities, primarily in the nonprofit and public sectors, to help you bridge law school and practice.
  • Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law & Equality: Advancing social justice by fostering critical thinking about discrimination in U.S. society and through targeted advocacy to foster equality and freedom.
  • Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic: Under faculty supervision for credit, work on real cases and help real clients who might otherwise not have attorneys.
  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice: this peer-reviewed, student-edited journal promotes critical discussions on social justice issues.

Seattle University opportunities


ATJI facilitates student participation in several state, regional, and national social justice conferences throughout the year:

Need financial assistance for conference fees and travel costs? Contact ATJI and/or apply for help through the Student Bar Association.

Committees and external leadership opportunities

We encourage you to engage in external committees to network with practicing attorneys and community leaders, develop leadership skills, and deepen their understanding of issues impacting the community. Local opportunities open to law students include:

Contact us

Access to Justice Institute
901 12th Avenue
Sullivan Hall Suite 313
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: 206-398-4173
Fax: 206-398-4077

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