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Social Justice Initiatives

Letter from Dean Erica Smock

Social Justice Initiatives provides career services and programming for students and graduates interested in public interest, international human rights, public service/government, and legal volunteer work. 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 Guaranteed Summer Funding Program.

News from SJI

Seven Students Awarded Public Service Fellowships

The coveted fellowships support students’ first full-time jobs at NGOs, nonprofits, and in government.

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A New Leader at Social Justice Initiatives

Erica Smock ’95 brings boots-on-the-ground experience as a public interest lawyer to her role as SJI dean.

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New Resources on Public Interest / Civil Rights Firms

Check out our new guides to learn more about these unique public interest employers (note: login required).

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Student Voices

Patricia Okonta ’18 on Joining Columbia Law’s Cohort of Leaders
Jacob Bogart ’18 on his Human Rights Work at Columbia Law
Yasmin Theodros Dagne ’18 on Studying Human Rights, Public Interest Law

Upcoming Events

SJI Monday: Protecting America’s Workforce—Working for the Department of Labor

Molly Biklen '05 and Michael Hartmann '04 of the U.S. Department of Labor New York Regional Office will discuss their …

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

What is it like to work as a federal prosecutor? Find out at our panel discussion with Neil Corwin, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney …

The Scoop on 1L Public Interest Summers

1Ls: Chat with upper-year students about their 1L public interest summers in a wide array of practice areas.

Corruption Roundup: National Edition

A discussion of the hot corruption topics in the national news—Russian election interference, Manafort, Cohen, and more—with …

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