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Public Interest Law

Penn State Law’s public interest curriculum provides students with training in the substance and skills necessary to advocate for the civil, political, and economic rights of individuals on a local, national, and international scale. The law school also supports students who pursue public interest and nonprofit externships through the Public Interest Law Fund

Students may earn Concentration recognition in Public Interest Law using courses from the Selected Courses section below.  J.D. students must earn a minimum of 12 credits and LL.M. students a minimum of 9 credits.  A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required for each course being used toward this Concentration. Upon verification of completion, students will receive a document of recognition.

Declare your intent to complete this Concentration - Concentration Declaration Application

Public Interest Law Faculty

Selected Courses:

  • Advanced Family Law Clinic
  • Advanced Immigration Clinic
  • Advanced International Sustainable Development Projects Clinic
  • AI and the Law
  • Asylum & Refugee Law
  • Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
  • Children and the Law (formerly Juvenile Law)
  • Civil Rights Appellate Clinic
  • Climate Change Law & Policy
  • Constitutional Law I (LLMs Only)
  • Constitutional Law II: Equal Protection & Civil Rights
  • COVID-19: Law and Tech Policy Seminar
  • Critical Race & Feminist Legal Theory
  • Election Law
  • Election Security Seminar
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Federal Judicial Placement Program
  • Human Rights, Intersectionality & the Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum 
  • International Human Rights Seminar
  • International Law
  • International Sustainable Development Projects Clinic
  • Law and Sexuality
  • Law of the Police Seminar
  • Minority Business Ownership
  • Native American Law
  • National Security Law II
  • Public Health Law
  • Rural Economic Development Clinic
  • Street Law
  • The United Nations and International Law Seminar 
  • Veterans & Servicemembers Legal Clinic
  • Veterans Benefits

Additional Experiential Opportunities: