Public Interest Networking Resources

There are a variety of resources available to students building a public interest career. Remember, the connections and relationships you cultivate while as you network are crucial to success throughout your career!

Public Interest Professional Associations

Membership and involvement in associations like these can help build your network of contacts in your field. Associations local to the jurisdiction where you plan to practice may be most helpful to your job search; locate them whenever possible.

The “other WCL” is a public interest bar association that hosts events and fundraisers that support public service careers in DC in a variety of ways.

The ABA’s Public Interest Law Community posts job opportunities, gives awards, and even publishes podcasts to help professionals connect with their issue area.

Public Interest Career Fairs

There are two popular public interest fairs in D.C., and several across the country. Fairs provide job interview opportunities and a chance to speak with employers informally during "table talk."

  • The Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore Public Service Career Fair

Public Interest Student Conferences

Students can attend some of the country's largest student-led public interest conferences. Conferences provide students with the opportunity to meet other public interest-minded students, practitioners and national experts in the public interest field. Some of the most popular conferences are described below.

  • The Norman Amaker Public Interest Law Retreat
    Joins law students from throughout the country to relax from the frantic pace and high pressure of law school for a retreat and forge a coalition of students, professors and practitioners to support social justice- orientated law students pursing careers in the public interest.
  • The Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat
    Provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities and formulating strategies for social justice

Criminal Justice Resources

This nationwide database connects alumni working in criminal justice with students.

This guide contains information regarding State and Federal Prosecutors’ and Defenders’ offices in multiple jurisdictions.

This guide contains information about building a career in juvenile defense, including a list of practice organizations devoted to this work in the majority of states.

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