Skip to main content

Public Interest Careers

what is public interest law?

Public interest law is a diverse, challenging, inspiring, and rigorous practice. The work of public interest law covers a wide range of practice areas and settings; it presents unique challenges, as well as incredible rewards. This page offers a brief overview of public interest law settings and resources.



Many Boston College Law School alumni pursue post-graudate careers in public interest. From the Class of 2013, 4.5% of graduates secured jobs in public interest; an additional 9.91% are working in the government. Alumni work in a broad range of public interest organizations including:

  • Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • Middlesex District Attorney's Office
  • Community Catalyst
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • AIDS Action Committee
  • Rhode Island Public Defender
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Boston Social Security Administration
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • California Rural Legal Assistance




Boston College Law School offers a variety of funding programs for law students and gradutes who wish to work in the public interest/public sector during the summer. There are also scholarship and loan assistance programs to make it more financially possible to pursue a post-greaduate public interest law career.

Summer public interest funding includes:

  • Summer Federal Work-Study Funding
  • The Public Interest Law Fund (PILF)
  • Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Summer Funding.

    Several national funding sources are also available to law students for summer public interest work, these can be found on

Post graduate public interest loan repayment assistance program:

  • The Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment Assistance and Forgiveness Program (gradutes)

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program helps graduates who practice public interest law with educational debt. Please see further details here.

For information on the College Costs Reduction Access Act, please visit:
Heather Jarvis-Student Loan Expert
EJW-student debt relief