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. According to Above the Law, Northeastern is among “The 20 Best Law Schools for Getting Government and Public Interest Jobs.” preLaw magazine lists Northeastern among the “Best Schools for Public Service Careers.”

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); Vice President of Legal Policy and Litigation, General Electric, Boston
  • Maura Healey '98, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
  • Margaret Hassan '85, US Senator; Former Governor of New Hampshire
  • Leocadia Zak '82, Former Director, US Trade and Development Agency
  • Chase Strangio '10, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) LGBT and HIV Project
  • Richard Griffin '81, General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board
  • Dana Fabe '76, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Alaska (retired)
  • Margot Botsford '73, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (retired)
  • 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 (retired)
  • Andrew Ketterer '74, Attorney General, Maine (1995-2001)