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Many students enter law school with a passion for a particular issue or set of issues, such as education or civil rights. Others develop a strong interest for a substantive area during law school. Still others find a practice setting or work style that they like and the issues they work on are less important. In any event, public interest work covers a huge range of issue areas, including some that people typically think of as “corporate.”

The following are some issue areas public interest lawyers work in, along with links to relevant guides.

AIDS/HIVEnvironment / EnergyNative American / Tribal Law
Animal IssuesFamilyPersonal Injury / Med Malpractice
Arts/EntertainmentFarm / Migrant WorkersPrisoners’ Issues
Bankruptcy/DebtFirst AmendmentProperty / Real Estate
Business/Economic IssuesGun ControlProsecution
Children / YouthGovernment AccountabilityPublic Defense
Civil Rights / Liberties (.pdf)Health / Medical (.pdf)Racial / Ethnic Justice
CommunicationsHousing / HomelessnessReligious Issues
ConsumerHuman RightsReproductive Rights
Criminal Legal System ReformImmigration / Refugee (.pdf)Security / Defense / Arms Control
Death PenaltyIntellectual Property / TechnologyTax
DisabilityJuvenile Defense (.pdf)Trade
Domestic ViolenceLabor / EmploymentTransitional Justice / Democracy
Economic Development (.pdf)Legal ServicesTrusts and Estates
Education (.pdf)LGBTQ+ IssuesVoting / Campaign Finance
EldersMunicipal LawWomen’s Rights