Welcome to the Economic Justice Program at American University Washington College of Law!

The Economic Justice Program at American University aims to advance the rights and interests of the poor and vulnerable by connecting students, advocates, and practitioners who share a commitment to anti-poverty work and by creating additional opportunities and space within the academy for economic justice-related work. 

The Economic Justice Program helps students navigate the many courses, externships, clinics, and extra-curricular opportunities available during law school and supporting the range of career paths available to those who prioritize aiding those in need. Through external engagement activities, including the leading poverty law blog and periodic conferences, the Economic Justice Program seeks to show the importance of economic justice in how we understand and engage with the law.

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Poverty States: Federalism, Rights, and State Anti-Poverty Efforts

March 23-24, 2018

The conference theme focuses on the interplay between federal, state, and local anti-poverty efforts and programs, but this conference is a gathering for all whose work focuses on poverty and inequality and includes three main lines to the conference: (1) Federalism (2) State and Local Level Anti-Poverty Efforts and (3) General Poverty Law Works-in-Progress.


Explore pathways to Poverty Law

There is no one career path associated with poverty law; work for a legal aid organization fits into this category, but so can work for the government or as a community organizer.Read more