Office of Social Justice Initiatives

Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) offers public interest/public service career advising. We oversee the summer funding, pro bono, and postgraduate fellowship programs, the Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program, and public sector on-campus interviewing. We also publish numerous job search tools.


SJI also leads conversations on campus about cutting-edge racial and social justice issues and other intersections of law and justice.

SJI Summer Picnic 2022

By offering professional development programming, career advising, counseling, support, and community, we equip students and graduates with an expansive view of how they might use their legal education to advance the public good and promote social justice through the law.

Contact Information

Office of Social Justice Initiatives

We are available for in-person career advising Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please set up an appointment via Symplicity or email ahead of time. When not on campus, SJI advisers are available remotely.

Department Services

Columbia Law School’s Office of Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) is one of the largest offices at any law school devoted to nurturing students who are interested in exploring public interest or government work—while on campus, or as part of a future career.  SJI provides professional development, career services, and other support for students and graduates, and oversees key programs including the Public Interest/Public Service (PI/PS) Fellows Program, Columbia Summer Funding Program, Human Rights Internship Program, and Pro Bono Program.