Job Search Tools

Your comprehensive guide to the public interest and government job search.

Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) produces resources to help students find jobs in public interest and public service. Explore the department’s publications below, along with video tutorials, links to job sites, and other online resources.

Recognizing the importance of the transition to law school, the career advising offices will not begin offering one-on-one career counseling or application document reviews to first-year students before September 27.

First-year students: Get quick feedback on your materials for your 1L summer job in public interest or government work through our 1L Resume and Cover Letter Review Portal after September 27. You may also use this form to submit quick questions about your job search to an SJI adviser.

LL.M. students: Get quick feedback on your resume and cover letter for public interest, international or government positions through our LL.M. Resume and Cover Letter Review Portal.

Other Job Search Resources

  • PSJD. A public interest legal job search database of approximately 13,000 U.S. and international organizations, government agencies, and public interest law firms. Free for Columbia students when you register individually at “Getting Started.” You can sign up for daily or weekly job posting emails.
  • Capital Defenders. A list compiled by Boalt Law School of law student internship opportunities (both summer and year-round) in offices around the country that are engaged in the defense of death row inmates or capitally charged defendants.
  • Job listings in public service, including human rights positions throughout the world. If you fill out your profile, Idealist will send you relevant listings.
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association. An excellent resource for postgraduate jobs in civil legal services organizations and defender organizations. Other public interest organizations are also listed. Searchable by state.
  • U.N. Jobs. Job postings at the United Nations.