Temple has a proud tradition of training passionate, committed public interest lawyers. From assistant public defenders to staff attorneys to executive directors, public interest agencies nationwide benefit from the vision and skill of our talented graduates. These agencies know that by choosing a Temple graduate they are selecting someone who understands that training and commitment go hand in hand. That’s one reason why Temple Law’s public interest placement leads the region and exceeds the national average.
Public interest jobs are among the most competitive in the legal employment market. One of the most effective ways to launch your public interest career is to secure a post-graduate fellowship in which a funding agency supports your work with a host agency on a unique legal project that you have developed and proposed.
Temple graduates have a strong track record of securing prestigious project-based fellowships from such funding agencies as the Independence Foundation and Equal Justice Works, to work with such host agencies as the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, the Legal Clinic for the Disabled in Philadelphia, and the Women’s Refugee Commission in Washington, DC, among others. Many fellows describe these experiences as “having my dream job.” Temple provides support to students and alumni who wish to apply for fellowships through information sessions, panel discussions, individual guidance, proposal review, and mock interviews. The Director of Public Interest Programs, Lisa Hurlbutt, can help determine whether pursuing a post-graduate fellowship is a good option for you. To make an appointment with Ms. Hurlbutt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.