Student volunteers built a birdhouse at Bear Hollow Zoo for fall 2013's community service day.

Public Interest Opportunities

In addition to the hands-on clinical offerings, law students give back to the local community through volunteer efforts coordinated by student organizations. More than 30 active student organizations arrange food, clothing, and blood drives; provide mentor programs in local schools, present law-related educational programs, and conduct highway cleanups. 


Public Interest Law Conference 

Each spring, Georgia Law students organize and host the WIPI Conference. This event brings together eminent practitioners, faculty and students to explore practical approaches to lawyering that can best serve the underpriviledged. Past topics have included immigration, health care, homelessness, education and indigent defense. 


Equal Justice Foundation

EJF is dedicated to raising money to support Georgia Law students who work in unpaid public interest internships during the summer. EJF hosts an annual auction as one of the many events that help support Georiga Law's public interest students. Past fellowship recipients have served in organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Humane Society.


Public Interest Law Council

This student group organizes educational, social, career, philanthropic and service programs during the year to bring attention to the wide-renging gield of public interest law and to help support students considering a career in this area. Specific efforts include hosting community service days each semester and organizing an alternative spring break


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Protect Athens Music


Georgia Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Society has joined forces with UGA's Music Business Program and Nuçi's Space to host a conference on current music industry business and legal issues. 



Career Resources for Public Interest

Are you interested in a public interest legal career? In the legal profession, the terms "public interest" and "public sector" are used to refer to non-profit and government employers of all kinds.

Georgia Law's Office of Career Services has resources that can help!

PILC Community Service Days


For the Fall 2013 community service day, students volunteered at a variety of organizations including: Athens Area Humane Society, Athens-Clarke Food Bank, Project Safe Thrift Store, Bear Hollow Zoo, and UGArden.