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Social Justice Initiatives

Year in Review Letter from SJI Dean

Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) 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

Just Because It’s on "CSI" Doesn’t Mean It’s Real

As a strategic litigator for the Innocence Project, Dana Delger ’10 fights to keep flawed forensics from convicting the innocent.

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Inaugural Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Cohort

The program, offered through Social Justice Initiatives (SJI), supports a community of students seeking to use their legal training for positive change.

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Check out SJI's Job Search Tools

The Public Interest Job Search Toolkit and special resources for LL.M.s, graduates, and more.

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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

Making the Most of the Public Interest Legal Career (PILC) Fair

For 1Ls: Preview the logistics and venue for the upcoming PILC Fair and learn tips for interviews and table talk.

PILC Fair Prep: Breakfast Drop-Ins

Meet with a Social Justice Initiatives advisor for help preparing for interviews or table talk at the 2020 Public Interest Legal …

SJI Monday: Q&A with Financial Aid -- Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

The SJI Monday Series is composed of topics supporting students on their public interest/service career and academic journey. The …

Your Story: Crafting A Compelling Narrative For Your Career

Members of Loquitor will provide helpful tools and coaching opportunities that will enable students to structure an effective …

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