public sector careers and resources
Your Pathway to Public Service Legal Careers
WHAT IS PSJD?
"PSJD - formerly PSLawNet - is a unique online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest job listings and career-building resources. As a collaborative project among over 200 American and Canadian law schools, PSJD is a free resource for law students and alumni of our subscriber schools to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities and employer profiles. Employer organizations may also post job opportunities for free. In addition to its database, PSJD offers an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service. These resources are publicly available to all website visitors."
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH PSJD?
PSJD has information and job postings from more than 200,000 public interest employers. Search for internships, fellowships, post-graduate employment, and volunteeer pro bono opportunities by keyword terms or location. Browse position listings as well at employer profiles.
PSJD maintains a searchable Resource Center with information on application materials and career-building resources, postgraduate fellowships, funding, government careers, and more.
If you are an employer, you can build a profile and post job opportunities free of charge. There are more than 13,000 registered job seekers on PSJD.
HOW DO I USE PSJD?
In order to access the full scope of resources, employer profiles, and opportunities offered by PSJD, you must register an account. Because Boston College Law School is a PSJD subscriber school, creating an account is free for all BC Law students and alumni. Simply click on the Register Now! option and create your profile. You will also have the opportunity to upload a resume. As a registered PSJD Job Seeker, you will be able to search public service job opportunities and employer profiles and save these searches for later review, receive e-mail updates featuring opportunities matching your pre-selected criteria, and apply directly to positions through PSJD. Employers can also create a profile and post job opportunities for free.
WHAT KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES CAN I FIND ON PSJD?
PSJD posts opportunities in non-profit organizations, the courts, government agencies, or private law firms with public interest or pro bono practices. Students engage in a broad range of legal work, including research and writing, case preparation, client intake, and client representation in administrative hearings. PSJD placements are available in all types of public interest law including, but not limited to: animal rights, arts, children's rights, civil rights and liberties, community economic development, criminal law, disability rights, domestic violence, education, employment law, environmental law, family law, government, health law, homelessness and housing, immigration, international law and human rights, legislative, prisoner rights, veterans, women, and much more.