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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

Have You Seen Our New Postgraduate Fellowship Toolkit?

Social Justice Initiatives produces a series of publications to help students navigate public interest and government job searches.

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Medals of Excellence Go to Nina Shaw ’79, Jonathan D. Schilller ’73

Shaw cofounded Time's Up and has worked to increase opportunities for people of color in law. Schiller's accomplishments include supporting the study of human rights law at Columbia and, as a university trustee, working against gender-based misconduct on campus.

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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: Pro Bono Caravans Debrief

Columbia Law School students are bringing legal assistance to more than 20 locations across the world this spring break. Learn …

Deadline to Complete Pro Bono Forms for Graduation

The deadline for third-year J.D. students to submit their pro bono forms for the required 40 hours of uncompensated, law-related …

SJI Monday: The Public Sector Paycheck

Tory Messina, Senior Career Advisor in SJI, will present on the 2019 Salary Survey of public sector grads, how …

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