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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

Clerkships 101

The nuts and bolts of applying for clerkships and, for 2Ls, the steps you should start thinking about now.

Corruption Roundup: New York Edition

A roundup of this year's corruption news in New York with Corinne Ramey of the Wall Street Journal and Professor Richard …

Spring Break Pro Bono Caravan Information Session

Learn about opportunities to do pro bono work around the country and internationally over spring break. All projects qualify for …

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 …

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