Defend individuals’ civil rights. Fight to keep inner-city youths out of jail. Become a mediator in international conflicts. Protect homes from foreclosure. Help put war criminals behind bars.

No matter which causes you’re most passionate about, Northeastern is the ideal place to prepare for a career in social justice. As the nation’s foremost public interest law school, we’re proud that 15 percent of Northeastern law graduates work in legal services, advocacy organizations or public defender offices, while another 10 percent enter careers in local, state or federal government. 

For many Northeastern students, earning a JD is much more than an avenue to a lucrative career; it’s a route to an exciting, challenging, fulfilling life that transforms the lives of others. 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