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Participate in Co-ops and Clinics in the Public Interest


Through our public interest clinics, you’ll represent clients in criminal or civil matters, gaining crucial practice skills while helping those who need advocates the most:

  • The in-house Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic offers students a unique opportunity to practice law before appellate courts, representing clients in cases involving immigration law, criminal law, the rights of the indigent, the rights of the incarcerated, employment law and constitutional law.
  • The in-house Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic immerses students in the community to work with residents of nearby neighborhoods to address issues with housing, employment, family matters and access to resources.
  • The Civil Litigation Field Clinic operates in tandem with Philadelphia Legal Assistance, enabling students to represent victims of family violence in protection from abuse and custody matters.
  • The Criminal Litigation Field Clinic operates in partnership with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, giving students experience representing clients in the courts, conducting hearings on felonies, arguing motions and trying misdemeanor cases to verdict.


No book about social justice will give you the rich opportunities our Co-op Program offers. Students work in public interest organizations whose missions cover environmental protection, fairness in the workplace, access to housing, health care and education, the rights of diverse interest groups and much more.  Students can also work for social justice within the system, through co-op placements in government agencies and the courts.

Our list of Co-op Partners includes a wide range of public interest organizations, government agencies and judicial offices.