Public Interest

Public interest is a longstanding Temple tradition. Located in Philadelphia, home to a vibrant and unique public interest legal community, Temple strives to instill in each student a commitment to the values of providing equal access to justice and pro bono service. Each year we place graduates in public interest employment at a rate well above the regional and national averages, solidifying our position as a leader in public interest legal education and training.

Our Office of Public Interest Programs provides a central location for career counseling, public interest programming, and pro bono opportunities. Recognizing that a career in public interest law presents special challenges, Temple provides public interest scholarships, financial assistance for summer internships and a well-established loan repayment assistance program. Temple also encourages all students to begin meeting their ethical obligation as future lawyers by offering pro bono opportunities and community service activities. Through Temple's clinical program, students become "student attorneys," handling their own cases with real clients and with the support of an experienced practitioner. Our esteemed faculty has an unparalleled depth of experience in public interest practice, exposing our students to how law is used as a vehicle for societal change.

Temple's emphasis on helping others allows students to feel supported and nurtured in their desire to provide service to their communities.