Financing Your Public Interest and Public Service Career

Columbia Law School is committed to supporting students’ dreams of pursuing careers in public interest and government work.

Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) works with students and graduates to manage the financial realities of pursuing a public interest career. Through individualized guidance, SJI hosts a series of programs with staff and alumni to discuss salaries, LRAP, cost of living, and financial planning aspects of public interest careers.

To learn more about how to include finances in your long-term career planning, make an appointment with Tory Messina via Symplicity or email. To learn more about LRAP, contact Ms. Seandell James by email or at (212) 854-1245.

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Salary Survey & Connecting with Grads

Learn what salaries, LRAP, and careers in public sectors look like for practicing Columbia Law graduates:

• 2022 Public Sector Salary Survey of Columbia Law Grads
Sign up with SJI for one-on-one advising and to connect with graduates to discuss careers and finances
• To view previous Public Sector Salary Surveys from 2019 and 2017, please contact Tory Messina

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Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Find everything you need to know about Columbia Law School's LRAP, one of the most generous in the country, which supports graduates entering the public interest sector with their law school loans.

LRAP programs and resources
• Sign up for one-on-one advising about LRAP and more with OFA