Concentration in Public Interest Law:

Required Courses:                                                                                                        
Administrative Law

*Note: Student must successfully complete Constitutional Law as a prerequisite for this

*Elective Courses: In addition to taking the required courses and fulfilling the practical skills and writing requirements, students are required to take electives sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the Concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the Concentration Advisor:

Access to Justice                                                                                                                                  
Civil Rights                                                                                                                     
Comparative Constitutional Law                                                                                          
Consumer Protection                                                                                                 
Constitutional History                                                                                                              
Critical Race Theory
Domestic Violence                                                                                                 
Employment Discrimination                                                                                        
Federal Courts and Jurisdiction                                                                                                 
First Amendment Rights                                                                                      
Immigration Law                                                                                                             
International Human Rights                                                                                                
Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation                                                                  
Juvenile Justice                                                                                                               
Law and Social Change
Labor Law                                                                                                                          
Landlord & Tenant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Law and Terrorism
Non-Profit Law
Remedies: Injunctions                                                                                                 
Representing Children
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law                                                                                                                    

Practice Component:                                                                                                              
Clinical Externship: Public Interest                                                                                                                                                                                        
First Amendment Moot Court                                                                                        
Frederick Douglass Moot Court                                                                                              
Legal Services Clinic                                                                                                             
Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration                                                                       
Negotiation Competition
International Human Rights Clinic 
Independent Study(must be pre-approved by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and concentration faculty supervisor)                                                                                                    

60 hours of faculty-approved legal pro bono work (placement must be approved by concentration advisor)                                                                                                              
Federal Litigation QWC                                                                                                       

Student must complete at least one significant piece of legal writing in the area.
Writing requirement may be satisfied as part of an offered course in the concentration or through an independent study.

Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.

Public Interest Law Concentration Requirement Form

Note: In the case of extraordinary circumstances and undue hardship, the Associate Dean, in consultation with the
Concentration Advisor may propose an alternative means of satisfying the Practice Component.

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.

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