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) fosters a sense of community among public interest minded students, alumni, faculty, and staff by working at multiple levels to:

  • Advise students about how to best use their time in law school to prepare for a public interest career.

  • Encourage activism and social justice among the student body, particularly through projects and endeavors that help to fill the justice gap for the most vulnerable members of society.

  • Educate graduating students and alumni about loan repayment and forgiveness tools specific to the public interest field, as well as those open to all borrowers of federal financial aid.

  • Highlight the importance of public service, either through full-time employment or though pro bono contribution.

  • Facilitate connections between current students and public interest alumni.

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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.

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