Public Interest Law

Public interest work includes “legal aid” practice and “targeted” lawyering. In the legal aid practice, lawyers represent clients at or near the poverty level in an array of civil legal issues. Targeted lawyering takes place when an attorney works for a non-profit or nongovernmental organization that advocates for one or more causes. In either the legal aid or targeted model, the lawyer generally will engage in one of a variety of activities: the direct representation of individual clients, general community awareness building, or advocacy/reform efforts.

Subject Overview

An overview of the practice area that will guide your understanding of the courses listed in the pathway.


A progression of courses that are relevant or potentially relevant to practice in a given legal field.


A list of faculty members who teach the courses sequenced in the pathway.


A compilation of STCL-sponsored resources and external resources.