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.

Students helping on a farm
Students at Martha's table
Students working on a farm
Students in Grossman Hall
Students on a farm
IMBY Students on a Farm
2017 IMBY Day of Service
Students helping on a farm
Students at Martha's table

Annual "In My Back Yard" Day of Service

For 2Ls, 3Ls, faculty and staff, IMBY is a chance to reconnect with the community and to welcome incoming 1Ls in the spirit of public service. Click through to see our students in action.