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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

SJI Monday: Research Training & Tips (1L Public Interest Summer Prep Session)

Join SJI and Law School library staff for an interactive session that will provide training and tips on research for your 1L summer …

Becoming a Lawyer & Navigating Ethical Challenges (1L Public Interest Summer Prep Session)

Prof. Genty will lead a discussion of the special responsibilities and duties related to the practice of law.

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