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Public Interest Law
USC Gould School of Law

USC Gould pioneered the concept of public interest legal education with our establishment in 1929 of the Legal Clinic at USC, which served as a model for other law schools. That leadership continues today with a broad range of opportunities for our students to deeply engage in the delivery of direct services to those in need.

Overview and Faculty

Overview and Faculty

Learn about the benefits of this area of concentration in our public interest law overview and meet our dedicated public interest law faculty.

Curriculum and Degrees

Curriculum and Degrees



Organizations and Events

Organizations and Events

Students have numerous opportunities to attend professional conferences and speaker series, where they can learn from leading practitioners. A wide variety of student organizations also focus on public interest law and related areas.

Student Organizations (JD)


Public Interest Career Fair facilitates lasting connections
March 27, 2023

More than 40 public interest organizations took part in the annual fall event

Without water, Native American tribes hit hard by the pandemic
March 27, 2023

Robin Craig's new research underscores need for U.S. to honor legally recognized, but never delivered on, tribal water r...

Elyn Saks honored for efforts to lessen stigma of mental illness
March 20, 2023

Prof. Saks earns 2023 President’s Award from Schizophrenia International Research Society