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Social Justice Initiatives

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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

New Guaranteed Summer Funding Page Launched

Get an overview of the program, make sure you're caught up on the steps you need to take to receive funding, and contact us with questions.

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Social Justice Initiatives Announces 2019 Public Interest Fellows

Meet some of the fellows who will be working in criminal justice, environmental justice, human trafficking, immigration, labor law, and more.

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Elora Mukherjee: A Champion of Immigrants’ Rights

The Jerome L. Greene Clinical Professor of Law and the students in her Immigrants’ Rights Clinic represent individuals and families seeking asylum and advocate for migrants across the country.

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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: Making the Most of Your Summer

Two experienced public interest employers reveal what they look for in their interns.

Fellowship Drop-in Hours

Considering applying for postgraduate fellowships this fall? Come by for an individual consultation with SJI advisors.

Deadline: J.D. Public Interest and Government Fellowship

Funds a Class of 2019 J.D. graduate to work in public interest, government, or human rights for one year.

Deadline: Enhanced LRAP Fellowships

Funds a Class of 2019 J.D. graduate to work in public interest, government, or human rights for one year.

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