Public Interest Designation Program

Preparing for Public Sector Careers

Our Public Interest Designation Program (PIDP) encourages, guides, and recognizes current and incoming students committed to public service. Through a holistic approach, PIDP prepares students academically and experientially to launch meaningful careers in the public sector.

Through pro bono and public service work, PIDP students contribute not only to the BC Law community but also to the local, national, and international communities they serve.

PIDP helps to identify participating students to future employers as practice ready upon graduation, having had both a deep academic focus and significant experiential practice in the public interest field during their three years of law school. Students who complete PIDP’s four academic and experiential requirements are designated as Public Interest Designation Fellows. Fellows are identified in the Commencement program, and every year we honor them at an award ceremony.

Fellows must:

  • Complete 15 hours of public interest coursework
  • Participate in experiential learning offerings—completing a clinic, an independent study with corresponding pro bono placement, or a public service Semester in Practice 
  • Spend at least one summer interning with a public sector employer
  • Take BC Law’s pro bono pledge and complete 50+ hours of public service



of students in the Class of 2017 participated in PIDP