Public Interest Law Center
The Public Interest Law Center was established in 1996 by the Shepard Broad Law Center to serve as a focal point for all public interest law activities at the law center. The Public Interest Law Center operates many programs designed to encourage students to participate in public interest law while they are in law school and to encourage a dedicated commitment to the public for life.
Pro Bono Honors Program
The Public Interest Law Center coordinates the Pro Bono Honors Program, developing a variety of sites where students can fulfill pro bono hours, and maintains the records of students' pro bono work. A comprehensive handbook explaining the Pro Bono Honors Program, listing the organizations, and containing the reporting forms can be found in the Public Interest Law Center.
Public Interest Law Day
Each spring, the Public Interest Law Center hosts Public Interest Law Day. The next event is planned for February 2015. Public Interest Law Day brings public interest and government employers to campus to share their experiences and speak to students about their work. The purpose of the event is to educate law students about opportunities in the field of public interest law and to encourage their participation in the community.
NSU Law Fellowships
NSU Law Fellowships provide financial assistance to students who wish to work with a public interest or government organization. They are competitive and require early application. NSU Law offers three different summer fellowships:
- Public Service Summer Fellowship;
- Martin A. Feinrider Summer Fellowship for International Human Rights; and
- Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship
Please note that NSU Law's fellowship application guidelines, eligibility, and award structures vary depending on the fellowship. Read the related information carefully and contact the Public Interest Law Center if you have any questions.
Public Interest Law Society
The Public Interest Law Society is a student-run organization founded in 1994 to promote public interest legal employment opportunities and to overcome the economic barriers that confront future public interest lawyers. Each Spring, the Public Interest Law Society holds an annual auction to provide fellowship money through the Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship to law students who donate their summers to public interest law.
For more information about this student organization, visit PILS Student Chapter
NSU Law's Pro Bono Honors Program cannot provide direct legal advice or services to members of the general public. Law student volunteers must be supervised by a licensed attorney at a qualifying placement. For assistance in obtaining an attorney, please contact the Broward County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at (954)764-8040, the Dade County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at (305)371-2646, the Palm Beach Lawyer Referral and Information Service at (561)687-3266 or (561)451-3256, the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-342-8011, or your local Legal Aid or Public Defender's Office.