The primary goal of the Public Interest Litigation and Advocacy Concentration is to train law students in the strategy and mechanics of public interest law. Students who complete the concentration will have a sound working knowledge of public interest advocacy, including its history and accomplishments in the U.S. legal system, underlying strategies, and substantive law, as well as the nuts-and-bolts of litigating public-interest cases. Thus equipped, students will be appealing to potential public interest employers, or be able to work on sophisticated pro bono matters while employed at private law firms.

In order to complete the Public Interest Litigation Concentration, students must complete the following courses, for a total of 8-10 credits:


Required Courses Credit Hours
Public Interest Litigation 2
Advanced Public Interest Litigation 2
Supervised Externship (related to public interest litigation or advocacy) 2 or 3
Constitutional Law II
OR First Amendment Law
2 or 3

In addition to these core courses, student must choose three electives from the following list, for a total of 5-10 credits:

Electives Credit Hours
Administrative Law 3
Constitutional Law II (if not completed as a required course) 3
Environmental Law 3
Evidence 3
Federal Courts 3
First Amendment Law (if not completed as a required course) 2-3
Legal Profession: Writing Under Pressure 1
Free Speech Clinic 4
Pretrial Practice 2
Remedies 3
Trial Advocacy OR Trial Advocacy for Competitors    2