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Public Interest 

The University of Michigan Law School has long been a leader in public interest law and is dedicated to assisting current students and graduates who are interested in pursuing public interest opportunities. 

Our Public Interest Program is committed to:

  • Building and fostering a robust public interest community of alumni, students, and faculty
  • Linking students with hands-on experience during the school year
  • Providing career advising for summer and post-graduate positions
  • In conjunction with the Financial Aid Office, helping students find financial support for public interest work



  • Schedule an appointment with Alyson Robbins, Public Interest Director, or Robin Kaplan, Government Advisor.


  • Symplicity: Login to Michigan Law's Symplicity site to access job postings and view  employer profiles. 
  • PSJD: Online resource connecting public interest law job-seekers with job opportunities.
  • University of Arizona Government Honors & Internship Handbook: Fairly comprehensive listing of summer and graduate honors programs within federal, state, and local government agencies.
  • USAJobs: The federal government's central place for job postings.


  • Networking Guide for Law Students (PDF)
  • Public Service Network: A network of Michigan Law alumni and students working in public service law in the U.S. and abroad.  This resource includes student evaluations from summer and externship experiences.
  • AlumNetwork: Database of Michigan Law alumni organized by market, practice area, and other criteria.
  • LinkedIn: The largest professional network on the Internet, covering over 200 countries and territories.  Join the MLaw Public Interest Community Group on LinkedIn.
  • Like the MLaw Public Interest Community on Facebook.




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