Service and Public Interest Programs

students outside drinko webAs a public university, the Moritz College of Law is dedicated to making a difference in our community, state, and the world. Our Public Service Law Center, which opened in 2014, houses all of our public service programs and groups in one central location.

On average, each of our graduating classes performs over 10,000 pro bono public service hours before graduation. During the school year, our student organizations work with many community groups and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to work at legal advice clinics and on other community projects. Students involved in our Public Interest Externship Program work at various local, state, and federal government offices or nonprofit organizations. Students also work in paid positions for the Grassbaugh Veterans Project.

In the summer, students fan out across the country working in public interest legal positions supported by Public Interest Law Foundation grants. Each year, PILF raises over $30,000 that is used to support law students working in no or low-paying public interest summer positions.

Moritz is fortunate to have full-time career counseling available for students looking to start their legal careers in public interest positions.  In recent years, our graduates have found positions at a number of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.