Standing up for those in need
As a law school at the forefront of training lawyers who are committed to social justice, we’re proud that 15 percent of Northeastern law graduates work in legal services, advocacy organizations or public defender offices — far exceeding the national average, which hovers around 5 percent (according to the ABA). In addition, another 10 percent of our graduates enter careers in local, state or federal government.
Our students are also highly successful at obtaining prestigious post-graduate fellowships. In an independent evaluation of “Elite Public Interest Employment,” Northeastern came in sixth nationwide; only Yale, UC Irvine, Harvard, Stanford and UC Berkeley had higher three-year averages for students obtaining Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in public interest law, our Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement offers a range of programs and services to help you get started. These include:
- Career counseling
- Informational programs and workshops
- Job fairs
- Job listings
Post-graduate success can certainly be yours, but who else will share in your success? Whether you fight for individuals, families or entire communities, your Northeastern law degree gives you the ability to make a difference anywhere in the world. How you use your degree is up to you.
Among our many graduates who are national leaders in public interest law:
- Mary Bonauto '87, Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; 2014 MacArthur “Genius”
- Marie-Therese Connolly '84, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; 2011 MacArthur “Genius”
- William "Mo" Cowan '94, US Senator (retired); Chief Operating Officer, ML Strategies
- Maura Healey '98, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
- Margaret Hassan '85, Governor of New Hampshire
- Leocadia Zak '82, Director, US Trade and Development Agency
- Richard Griffin '81, General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board
- Dana Fabe '76, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Alaska
- Margot Botsford '73, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
- Janet Bond Arteron '77, US District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut
- Victoria Roberts '76, US District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Urvashi Vaid '83, LGBT Civil Rights Leader; Director, Engaging Tradition Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School
- Kevin Cathcart '82, Executive Director, Lambda Legal
- Diana Erbsen '92, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Appellate and Review, Office of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Appellate and Review, Tax Division, US Department of Justice