Public Interest Fellows Program

In 2010, Georgetown Law introduced the Public Interest Fellows Program - a comprehensive program for students wishing to pursue a public interest track through law school and a public interest career. The program provides supplemental and focused career development support through OPICS, sets curricular guidelines, and fosters a sense of community among the participants. The program supports students through all years of law school, developing a tight-knit but ever-growing community of public interest-minded students and alumni.

Highlights of the program include:

  • One-on-one mentoring with an upperclass student or recent alum
  • Opportunities to engage with faculty through a series of "faculty teas"
  • "Welcome to Law School" breakfast discussion series
  • Individualized career and academic counseling
  • Unique social and community events for program participants

For more information about the program, read our introductory flyer.

Interested students must apply the summer before they begin coursework at Georgetown (applications will be available on the admitted students website).

For more information, please contact the OPICS office at or 202-662-9655.

When I arrived at Georgetown Law, I wanted to figure out how to get involved in the public service, government, and non-profit legal work that makes D.C. a truly unique city. I didn't know where to begin exploring the myriad opportunities that existed. And this is where the Public Interest Fellows (PIF) program became an essential resource and guide to my time in D.C.
The PIF program connected me with an alumnus mentor with interests directly aligned with mine, plugged me into a network of public interest-minded students, and informed me of dozens of interesting internships, pro bono opportunities, and classes to pursue. The PIF Program also set me up with one of their experienced and well-connected career counselors, who I now consider my mentor, close friend, and life coach.
Without a doubt, the PIF program made it possible for me to pursue the opportunities that brought me to Georgetown Law in the first place. The experiences I gained through the PIF program profoundly shaped my legal education and the career path I will pursue. For any Georgetown law student who wants public service to be central to their law school experience, I strongly suggest you apply to the Public Interest Fellows program.
- Rajiv Venkataramanan, L'13

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