Public Interest

Our students understand the importance of using their gifts to help those in need. We encourage students to take advantage of a number of public interest opportunities.

Located in Atlanta, birthplace of the civil rights movement, Emory Law offers a wide variety of opportunities to study and practice law in the public sector. Emory is associated with the internationally-renowned Carter Center, founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to promote democracy and human rights around the world. In addition, Atlanta is at the heart of criminal justice reform in the south, with leading organizations such as the Southern Center for Human Rights, which enforces civil and human rights within the criminal justice system. Atlanta also is home to the South's largest environmental organization, the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Emory Law offers a range of courses, field placements, events and other programs that allow students to explore public interest opportunities. Through the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC), Emory Law's student-run public interest organization, students are offered extraordinary opportunities to pursue work through short-term assignments, like spring break trips to help victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes, or through long-term summer assignment working with local, national and international public interest organizations. EPIC also raises money each year to offer summer grants to students doing Public Interest work.

Additionally, Emory Law hosts three in-house clinical programs that give students hands-on experience: Turner Environmental Law Clinic, the International Humanitarian Law Clinic and Barton Child Law and Policy Center, which offers the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Policy and Legislative Clinic and the Appeal for Youth Clinic.


Studying Public Interest Law

Emory Law students have numerous classroom opportunities to explore public interest law and to work with faculty members involved in a wide range of public interest law issues.

Faculty and Staff


Working in the Public Interest

Emory Law students have a wealth of opportunities to serve the local community while learning essential legal skills.

Field Placements
Student Organizations
Pro Bono Program
Emory Opportunities
Atlanta Opportunities

Targeting Public Interest Careers

Emory provides students with the professional resources to help them pursue public interest careers.

Career Services
Loan Repayment Assistance
EPIC Summer Grants

Celebrating the Profession of Service

Emory Law honors community members and students who devote their time to public interest.

Student Awards
Inspiration Awards