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School of Law

Public Interest

Educating citizen lawyers.

Recognized as a national leader in clinical education by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Baltimore School of Law excels at preparing students for public interest careers. In fact, the National Jurist magazine recognized the School of Law as a Top 15 Law School to start a career as a prosecutor or public defender.

Although the School of Law’s clinical programs serve as the primary training ground for students interested in public interest, more than 300 students each year take advantage of our externship programs, which offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities with public interest employers. Through the EXPLOR Program, the Attorney Externship Program, or a noncredited internship, you can gain valuable experience at local, state and federal government agencies, legal aid organizations and nonprofits.

The School of Law has a vibrant public interest community of faculty, staff and students who devote time to public interest issues and causes. The University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest (UBSPI) is an active student organization that sponsors an Annual Public Interest Auction to raise money for summer public interest grants. UBSPI and the Law Career Development Office host a number of public interest career networking events each year, including the Annual Public Interest Wine and Cheese Night, to connect law students with practicing public interest attorneys.