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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

Pilot Concentration Program for the Class of 2020

The Penn State Law faculty has approved this program for current third-year J.D. students and current LL.M. students graduating Spring 2020.  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 - Deadline for Spring 2020 Application is January 31, 2020.  

Upon completion of the requirements, submit your academic eligibility – Concentration Completion Application

Public Interest Law Faculty

Selected Courses:

  • Advanced Family Law Clinic
  • Advanced Immigration Clinic
  • Advanced International Sustainable Development Projects Law Clinic
  • Asylum & Refugee Law
  • Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
  • Children and the Law (formerly Juvenile Law)
  • Civil Rights Appellate Clinic
  • Constitutional Law I (LLMs Only)
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum 
  • International Human Rights Seminar
  • International Sustainable Development Projects Clinic
  • Law and Sexuality
  • Rural Economic Development Clinic
  • Veterans & Servicemembers Legal Clinic

Additional Experiential Opportunities: