Social Justice Initiatives manifests Columbia Law School’s belief that public interest experience should be part of the professional life of every Columbia student and graduate.
Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) inspires and prepares students and graduates to pursue public service and public interest work throughout their careers anywhere in the world. 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.
Social Justice Initiatives has primary responsibility for career services for Columbia Law School students and graduates interested in public interest, government, and legal volunteer work. We provide programming and individual advising regarding careers, summer opportunities, curricular opportunities, and pro bono projects. SJI also implements and oversees Columbia Law School's Pro Bono Program, which connects students with attorney-supervised projects in the public good, as well as the Law School's Clerkship Program.
As a result of its varied activities, SJI has an extensive network of social justice organizations and practitioners in the United States and abroad. We look forward to welcoming you to it.
Read a letter from Dean for Social Justice Initiatives Erica Smock (at right), who joined the team in Fall 2017.
News and More
A recent article about a number of members of the class of 2018 who have secured prestigious postgrad fellowships to do public interest legal work.
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