More Georgetown graduates go into public interest and government service each year than those of any other law school. Because Washington, D.C., is the heart of the nation's public interest community, Georgetown students have access to hundreds of legal internship opportunities with non-profit organizations and the federal and local governments.
The Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) advises students on public interest careers and supports a vast array of public interest activities and programs, including a mentor program, individualized career advising and a variety of public sector recruitment events.
OPICS also encourages and facilitates pro bono work by all Georgetown law students through its Pro Bono Pledge, which challenges students to perform at least 50 hours of law-related volunteer service before they graduate. Our Georgetown Pro Bono Service Project — a core project under the Pro Bono Pledge — annually places more than 200 first-year students with D.C. area organizations in need of volunteers.
The Public Interest Law Scholars program provides financial and other support to eight students each year who demonstrate a commitment to spend most of their careers in public service.
The Public Interest Fellows Program offers all incoming students the opportunity to obtain a more comprehensive public interest experience through enhanced public interest academic, career, and community support.
Georgetown offers guaranteed summer funding to all 1L, 2L, and 3E Georgetown Law students that work for eligible public sector employers. Funding is available to J.D. students engaging in unpaid law-related work for a public interest organization or governmental entity (including judicial internships). Georgetown's funding is supplemented by money fundraised by the Equal Justice Foundation student group.
Georgetown offers dozens of entry-level public interest fellowships designed only for recent Georgetown graduates. These fellowships are one year opportunities at organizations and government agencies that rarely hire new graduates for entry-level positions and that open doors for fellows within those organizations or similar ones in the field. Hosts have included: DC Office of the Attorney General, ACLU of Alaska, Lawyer;s Without Boarders, Catholic Charities, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Environmental Working Group, Campaign Legal Center, DC Office of the Mayor, and DC Affordable Law Firm (a low-bono non-profit law firm created by Georgetown).
The Law Center's loan repayment assistance program, one of the strongest in the country, provides Georgetown Law graduates in qualifying public interest or government positions with assistance with the repayment of their law school loans.