Government and Public Interest Law
What is Public Interest employment?
In the legal profession, the terms "public interest" and "public sector" are used to refer to non-profit and government employers of all kinds, including:
- Federal, state and local government agencies
- Public defenders
- Legal aid and legal services
- Military and Judge Advocate General Corps
- Advocacy organizations
Explore Government and Public Interest law:
- Public Interest Career Guide: The Public Interest Law Council created a guide to public interest law careers.
- PSJD: Public Service Law Network, containing comprehensive information on public interest law careers, fellowship funding, employer contacts and job announcements
- EqualJusticeWorks: Equal Justice Works, national law student organization that supports student public sector careers with grants, fellowships conferences and educational efforts. The School of Law's Equal Justice Foundation is a chapter.
- GovernmentHonors&Internships: The Government Honors & Internship Handbook (password available from CDO) is the definitive resource for law students on state and federal summer and post-graduate legal jobs, including descriptions, requirements and hiring contacts, procedures and deadlines
- USAJOBS: Federal jobs website, containing information and application access to attorney, policy and other positions
- The Leadership Library: Federal, Federal Regional, State, Local and other "Yellow Books" directories enable job seekers to locate and research contacts.
- Georgia.Gov: State of Georgia home page, with information on state agencies (including the State Attorney General and Governor's Honors) and hiring opportunities
- State&LocalGovtInfo: State and Local Government on the Net website provides a clearinghouse link-through site to helpful search sites throughout the U.S., for state and local agencies, job sites, contacts and more
- NLADA: National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the professional organization site for civil legal aid organizations and public defenders across the U.S.
- NDAA: National District Attorneys’ Association: The professional organization site for prosecutors across the U.S.
- PACGA: The Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia, with information on prosecutors, contacts, trainings, jobs and more
- GPDSC: Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, with information on careers in public defense, training sessions, contacts, jobs and more
- Legal Services Corporation: National organization of civil legal services providers, includes job listings, career advice, contacts and credential building opportunities.
- GeorgiaLegalServices: The Georgia Legal Services Program provides indigent civil legal services throughout the state (excluding Atlanta). The website provides information on services, contacts, jobs and internships.
- AtlantaLegalAid: The Atlanta Legal Aid Society provides indigent civil legal services in metro Atlanta. The website provides information on services, contacts, jobs and internships.
- InternationalPublicService: Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunities provides an array of internship, fellowship, summer and post-graduate opportunities
- Downs'LRAP: The Downs' Loan Repayment Assistance Program is the Georgia Law School's loan repayment assistance program for alumni in public service careers. Apply following graduation; information and applications are available online.
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