Public Interest Corps
The Public Interest Corps (PIC) at Georgetown Law is a student-driven, OPICS-supported community-building and leadership program. Students who join the program will have the opportunity to design, lead, and participate in programs and activities that cultivate a supportive, dynamic, and inspired public interest community within the Law Center. Formerly known as the Public Interest Fellows (PIF) program, PIC is a reimagined, reinvigorated program designed to give public interest-minded 1Ls and new transfer students the space and support to build the community they want and need as they navigate their first year at Georgetown Law.
The core purpose of the Public Interest Corps is to provide foundational social support to public interest-minded 1Ls and new transfer students. PIC aims to bring students together around a common commitment to public interest law and to foster a strong sense of community, belonging, and inspiration among its members.
- Activities: Community-building activities depend on the needs and interests of PIC members, but examples may include public interest-focused podcast or article discussions, Q&A sessions with 2Ls and 3Ls doing social justice work, and service projects – in addition to regular unstructured opportunities for forming and deepening social connection.
- Beyond Career Programming: Rather than focusing on public interest career programming (which is made available through OPICS to all students), PIC serves as a space where students can find support, resources, and inspiration from each other – recognizing the tangible and intangible needs that exist for public interest-minded students in their first year of law school, beyond the nuts and bolts of career exploration and job searching.
PIC offers students the opportunity to become peer leaders, designing and executing program offerings with the support of OPICS in the Spring of their first year at Georgetown and beyond.
Joining the Public Interest Corps
During the fall, all 1Ls and new transfer students are invited to participate in the PIC “Preview Semester” to meet other public interest-minded classmates and try out sample programming (put together by OPICS). Students who are drawn to the PIC experience after their Preview Semester can choose to apply to join PIC in the spring, including applying for any leadership roles. Outside of the Preview Semester, PIC is designed to be a student-driven community with programming that reflects the needs and desires of its members.
PIC is primarily intended to provide foundational support to students in their first year at Georgetown Law. But 2Ls and 3Ls (including but not limited to Public Interest Fellows) who are interested in taking part in the leadership and design of the PIC program are encouraged to apply to join when applications open in the spring.
Fall 2022 PIC Preview Semester Events (details to be posted when available)