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Public Interest Law Concentration

The Public Interest Law Concentration at WVU Law prepares students to work to further the interests of the general public using the legal process through the representation of individuals and organizations who might otherwise be unrepresented.


Public Interest Advocates

The West Virginia University College of Law Public Interest Advocates exists to sponsor summer fellowships and other opportunities for WVU law students in the public interest field and to promote interest in public interest lawyering. The PIA annually sponsors summer public interest fellowships that permit first and second year law students to work in the offices of public interest law firms throughout the state. Fellows work in the offices of legal aid, public defender, environmental and other organizations. The PIA, through the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest, also offers a post-graduate fellowship in public interest law.


Center for Law and Public Service

The Center for Law and Public Service provides opportunities for students to engage in public interest law, fosters dialogue about current legal services and policy issues, and encourages students to become leaders who seek creative solutions toward achieving equal access to justice in society. The Center offers a wide variety of externships in nonprofit, government, and judicial settings, locally and around the country, to help students with valuable career-building experience while serving the community.


Public Service Externship

The Public Service Externship  program allows students to earn credit hours by working in non-profit and government agencies while developing key professional skills and an understanding of public interest law. Externships are available part-time or full-time both locally and beyond the Morgantown area. Qualified students may apply for a Federal Judicial Externship with a United States District Court or Circuit Court Judge. Summer externships are also possible. 


Pro Bono Program

WVU Law’s pro bono program allows law students to begin pro bono service now and encourages students to develop a lifelong commitment to pro bono work. The WVU College of Law pro bono program partners with legal services organizations and community agencies to provide opportunities for law students to serve those in need.