SJI Mission and Services
Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) inspires and prepares students and graduates to pursue public service and public interest work throughout their careers anywhere in the world. By offering professional development programming, career advising, counseling, support, and community, we equip students and graduates with an expansive view of how they might use their legal education to advance the public good and promote social justice through the law.
Our programming ranges from sessions on the nuts and bolts of finding a job to talks by practitioners on the future of public interest and public service law. What should you put on your resume? How can you fund your career? How did our alumni reach their positions? And what is your vision for advancing the public good? We also host social and community-building events.
Advising & Career Education
Our team of advisors is available to you at any stage of your school or work career. These are lawyers with experience in government, advocacy, public defense, international human rights, and numerous specific practice areas and regional job markets. Appointments should be made via Symplicity.
In addition, our library of career guides includes our Public Interest Job Search Toolkit and special resources for LL.M. students, alumni, and seekers of jobs in an array of specific fields.
On-Campus Interviews & Job Recruiting
Every fall, SJI collaborates with the Career Services Office to host numerous public interest and government employers hiring for summer and postgraduate positions. We also organize visits by public interest and government organizations and offices year-round.
We administer the Law School’s pro bono requirement and oversee in-house and Spring Break Caravan pro bono projects. We also help interested students develop exciting, rewarding group projects around the country and beyond.
Summer Programs & Funding
We administer the Law School’s Guaranteed Summer Funding Program and run the Human Rights Internship Program. We will also prepare you to find and make the most of your summer employment.
Fellows Program (information to be posted soon)
Every year, Columbia Law School awards new and recent graduates fellowships for public interest, human rights, and government work. In addition, we provide guidance on identifying and applying to the many outside fellowships available to you.