Public Interest Employment

For more information on public interest recruitment programs, please contact one of the two Associate Directors for Public Interest Programs in the Career Development Office (CDO): Alex Lee, 510-643-4779, or Melanie Rowen, 510-664-4862.

Berkeley Law is committed to encouraging students to pursue public interest employment. This fall, 50 to 70 employers will attend the Public Interest/Public Sector Internship and Career Fair, co-sponsored by the CDO and the Field Placement Program. Public interest and public sector employers are also welcome to participate in the CDO's on-campus interviewing programs each fall and spring.

Berkeley Law–along with the eight other Northern California law schools and One Justice–co-sponsors the annual Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day (PI/PS Day). Each year, more than 100 public interest organizations and state and federal government agencies come to PI/PS Day to talk with students and graduates about the nature of their work as well as immediate or future employment opportunities. For students, PI/PS Day offers an excellent opportunity to establish contacts with public interest employers in the Bay Area.

Berkeley Law's CDO also recruits and matches practicing government and public interest attorneys with students through our Public Interest/Social Justice Mentor Program. Each year around 50 first-year students sign up to be matched with practitioners who provide a realistic and practical resource for students. Students attend hearings, depositions, and negotiations, and discover what a day in the life of a public interest attorney can involve. Mentors are available to answer career-related questions and provide networking contacts for students.