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Public Interest

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s commitment to public interest lawyering is unsurpassed. Resources for students attracted to public interest work include financial support, fellowship opportunities, and one-on-one counseling to help launch their careers.

We support our students and graduates in three key ways:

  • OCS has two full-time counselors dedicated to supporting students who seek government or public interest employment. 
  • OCS offers programs and career counseling dedicated to the public sector job search, including networking opportunities with public sector lawyers.
  • We provide dedicated and intensive fellowship application support. OCS collaborates with the Toll Public Interest Center and Gittis Clinic to maximize opportunities to engage in public sector practice during law school.

We offer various services to students who are considering pursing public service for a summer or as a career:

Public Interest Job Search

Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships - information about fellowships generally recent examples of fellowships secured by Penn graduates.

Toll Loan Repayment Assistance Program (TolLRAP)

Summer Funding Sources for Public Sector Employment - general information about funding sources for public sector summer jobs.

Subscribe to the Public Interest and Government Listserv

Students often start their public interest careers with a fellowship. Here is a recent sampling of students’ past successes:

  • ACLU (Civil Rights & Racial Justice Karpatkin Fellowship; William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellowship)
  • California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (Equal Justice Works Fellowship)
  • Community Legal Aid Society, DE (Skadden Fellowship)
  • Community Legal Services, Philadelphia (Law School Fellowship)
  • Disability Rights Advocates, CA (Law School Fellowship)
  • Innocence Project of Pennsylvania (Equal Justice Works Fellowship)
  • Legal Aid Society, NY
  • National Women’s Law Center (Health Law Fellowship)
  • Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia (Law School Fellowship)
  • Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (Independence Fellowship)
  • Project Dawn Court, Philadelphia (The Law School’s Langer, Grogan & Diver Fellowship in Social Justice)
  • Rhode Island Legal Services (Skadden Fellowship)
  • Southern Center for Human Rights (Reprieve Fellowship)