Office of Public Interest and Community Service
Created in 1996, the Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) is the hub of the public interest community at Georgetown, and seeks to foster in all law students a commitment to service that will continue through their legal careers.
In addition to coordinating many of the Law Center’s public interest programs, OPICS is the primary career office for students interested in exploring public interest and government legal opportunities. The office also administers the Law Center’s extensive pro bono program, which encourages and facilitates pro bono legal service by students and other members of the Law Center community.
OPICS’ five professional career advisors meet with hundreds of students and alumni each year. The advisors assist with overall public interest career planning, provide information on summer and academic year opportunities and post-graduate employment, review resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and assist with post-graduate fellowship and government honor applications. The advisors also conduct career-related educational programming includes a variety of workshops, information sessions and alumni and employer panels.
The office’s recruiting initiatives include three major job fairs each year: the Government and Public Interest Interview Program, held annually in September, the Spotlight on Government Networking Fair, held annually in October, and the Public Sector Recruiting Program, conducted jointly with George Washington University Law School and held each year in late January. In addition, we coordinate ongoing public sector resume collections and administer an extensive public sector jobs database.
One of our signature programs for incoming students is the Public Interest Fellows Program, which provides a comprehensive support system for public interest-minded students from the first day of law school until graduation. Information and applications are available through the Admitted Students portal during the summer before students start at Georgetown.
OPICS also coordinates the Law Center’s Pro Bono Program and Pledge, which challenges each student to perform 50 hours of law-related pro bono service before he or she graduates. Those who complete the Pledge receive a certificate signed by the Dean and special recognition at graduation. During an average academic year, students signed up for the Pledge collectively performed more than 30,000 hours of pro bono service at organizations such as DC Legal Aid Society, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, and the DC Employment Justice Center.
Barbara Moulton, Assistant Dean
Lauren Dubin, Director
Nicole Vikan, Associate Director
Katie Dilks, Associate Director
Morgan Lynn-Alesker, Associate Director
Jen Tschirch, Pro Bono Coordinator
Ruby Sheikh, Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Outreach
Kim Kelly, Office Manager