Careers in Public Service

The law school is also committed to assisting students interested in pursuing public service careers. The Career Development Office (CDO) works with students seeking employment working for a public policy center, public interest law firm, membership organization, legal aid society, or direct legal services employer. CDO co-sponsors two public service career fairs and also, sponsors students' participation in national job fair consortia including the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and the U.S. Attorney General's Honor and Summer Law Intern Program. CDO also hosts programs on funding summer and postgraduate public service work and organizes panels on practicing law in the public sector.

Nearly half the members of our most recent graduating class are now working for public interest organizations, in government, or as judicial clerks.

Individuals planning to pursue a public service career have ample opportunities to take clinics and other classes with a public interest focus. Many of these are taught by practitioners who become students’ valued professional colleagues.  Since many employers are unable to pay students for summer work, the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) offers public interest summer grants for students.

We strongly encourage law students to invest time in gaining the financial literacy tools necessary, specifically in the areas of budgeting and repayment of loans, to proactively plan for their professional futures. Some loan repayment exists, including federal programs, state programs, employer programs and school programs for some law school graduates. Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Programs »


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