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.
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
On April 5, AUWCL hosted the Nineteenth Annual Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Awards Dinner. Each year, the program honors a current student who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to public interest during their time on campus, as well as two alumni for their remarkable public interest work, both domestically and internationally.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