Legal work in the public interest sector is critically important to the lives of low-income people, the elderly, abused and neglected children, victims of discrimination, people with physical or mental disabilities and other members of our society who often lack advocates to speak for them.
Most public interest and public service lawyers enjoy tremendous job satisfaction. It is very rewarding to provide legal services to those in need. Public interest legal work also presents exciting opportunities to shape the future of our society. Moreover, the diversity of public interest law is attractive to many lawyers. Areas of public interest law are as varied as in the private sector. Public interest attorneys work in government agencies, public interest law firms, legal services offices, law reform agencies, and non-governmental organizations. They work on issues ranging from public policy matters concerning education, the environment or civil and human rights, to direct representation of individuals in proceedings ranging from child custody to criminal defense.