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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: Intro to Postgraduate Fellowship Opportunities

Learn about different types of fellowships and resources to help you find them, and leave with tips to help you get started!

Is EIP For Me?

Hear from 3Ls going into public interest law about their EIP experiences

Deadline for May 2020 J.D. Graduates to Complete the 40-Hour Pro Bono Requirement

Third-year students must complete and document that they have fulfilled their pro bono requirement by this date in order to graduate …

SJI Monday: Lawyering for Change

Lawyering for Change is a monthly workshop aimed at providing an opportunity for faculty, students, staff, and alumni to interact …

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