Launch A Career In Social Justice With Law School
These days, law schools are doing a lot to maintain their relevance . Northwestern Law is in the midst of a revamp of their curriculum based on technology and client needs. Other schools are partnering more with business schools to graduate students with increased business acumen.
And now, the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s new course — “Freddie Gray’s Baltimore” — is opening the door to more cross-campus collaboration. The course is offered alongside the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work to examine underlying issues of social justice issues such as race, gender, and domestic violence.
And the trend of law students wanting to be involved in social justice-related law doesn’t seem to be exclusive to Maryland’s Baltimore-based campus. “Most students come to law school because they want to help people,” Jeffrey Selbin, co-faculty director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at University of California—Berkeley’s School of Law, told the U.S. News in an email.
The Center hosts various events while providing support to law students interested in pursing social justice law. At Vanderbilt University’s law school in Nashville, students can gain social justice experience through the school’s various courses or community-based clinics.
“Public interest organizations and social justice organizations that hire attorneys are looking for students who have demonstrated commitment to social justice or public interest work and who have credentials and experience in social justice or public interest work,” Spring Miller, Vanderbilt’s assistant dean of public interest, told the U.S. News. “It’s important to choose a law school that provides ample opportunity to develop those experiences and those credentials and to demonstrate your commitment to this kind of work.”
Another way schools are helping to support students keen on social justice is by providing financial support for social justice-related internships. Often times, the organizations that could use social justice-oriented students cannot afford to hire them for a summer. Miller says Vanderbilt does what it can to support those students, including offering post-graduation fellowships with public interest organizations.
Source: U.S. News
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