Pursuing a Career in Public Interest

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I'm April Giancola, Director of Public Interest Advising, and I want to introduce you to the various programs that support students pursuing a career in public service. Historically, 15-20% of our graduating classes pursue public service employment.

Build a Public Service Career

  • The Career Development Office offers a range of public interest-related career programming and has counselors on staff who specialize in working with students interested in public interest and government careers and summer opportunities.
  • The Public Interest Peer Mentor Program pairs 1L students with 2L or 3L students with similar public service interests.
    • Mentors meet with their mentees on an individual basis throughout the year and serve as a resource to help with the transition to law school, share experiences, and answer questions about public interest careers.
    • Group social activities this academic year include a chili dinner, panel of public interest attorneys, and spring picnic.
  • The Public Defender Mentor Project provides law students interested in public defense with a source of information and support, an established link to relevant faculty, and a means of identifying other students with similar interests and aspirations.
  • The 3L Public Interest Job Search Group brings together third-year students in small group sessions to provide specialized programming and peer-to-peer job search support.
  • UNC Law offers financial assistance and resources for students pursuing careers in public service, including grants for unpaid summer employment and post-graduate loan repayment assistance.
  • Our annual Public Interest Retreat provides networking opportunities and career exploration with fellow students and local attorneys in public service careers.

If you have any questions about careers in public service at UNC School of Law, contact me at lawcareers@unc.edu.


Posted by April Giancola on Wed. June 1, 2016 10:00 AM
Categories: Career Development Office
UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106


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