To earn a Certificate in Public Interest Law, a student must complete the 86 credit hours required for the Juris Doctor (JD) degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must complete 15 credits from the approved list of public interest law courses and seminars with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in those courses.  If a student takes more than the 15 credits required for the certificate, all public interest law courses factor into the final GPA.  All courses are worth 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.  Certificate courses may not be audited.

Foundations of Public Interest Law  

Students must take at least one of the following courses:

Students must take 3 courses from any of the following:

Legal Aid

Criminal Law

Civil Rights & Public Policy

Service in Public Interest Law

Students must satisfy both of the following experiences:  (1) One semester in a public service-oriented clinical or field placement program and (2) 50 hours of service through the Pro Bono Community Service Initiative.