Building Community. Achieving Justice.
The American University Washington College of Law's public interest programs are among the strongest in the nation. This vibrant activist community offers unique opportunities for law students to gain legal experience through a broad range of pro bono and public service programs.
The Office of Public Interest (OPI) encourages a commitment to social justice among the AUWCL student body through pro-bono projects that help to fill the justice gap for the most vulnerable members of society.
OPI also helps prepare students for a public interest careers, raises awareness about loan forgiveness and repayment programs for public interest lawyers, and facilities connections between current students and public interest alumni.
Erin Loubier is Director of Public Benefits and Senior Managing Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health, where she oversees public benefits and client eligibility programs, and represents clients in complex public benefit matters at all levels of appeal. On the occasion of her 20th work anniversary, Loubier reflects on her legal education at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) and the opportunities that helped secure her dream career.Read more
In honor of the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration in October, American University Washington College of Law’s Office of Public Interest dedicated the month of October to highlighting the many ways AUWCL students are able to get involved with pro bono work while they are still in law school.Read more
On Monday, Aug. 20, American University Washington College of Law’s JD Orientation kicked off with the "In My Back Yard" (IMBY) Public Service Day.Read more
2L Christina Canalizo and 1L Ericka Cruz, two students at American University Washington College Law, have been awarded the national Peggy Browning Fellowship. The fellowship provides law students with unique, diverse and challenging opportunities to fight for social and economic justice, with the hope the experiences will inspire students to enter careers in public interest labor law.Read more
The Equal Justice Foundation’s (EJF) 25th Annual Public Interest Auction took place on Thursday, March 29. Faculty, students, alumni, staff, friends, family, and other members of the American University Washington College of Law community convened in Claudio Grossman Hall for a night of bidding and fun, all for an excellent cause.Read more