Public Interest Job Databases

If you are interested in public interest work, many web resources are available to help you begin your search.  Opportunities available within the United States are listed here.

General Databases

Minnesota Justice Foundation

http://www.mnjustice.org
The Minnesota Justice Foundation site lists legal internships and volunteer opportunities in MN.

PSLawNet

http://www.PSLawNet.org
A network of over 180 law schools and over 11,000 law-related public interest organizations in the US and worldwide.  An online database that provides a comprehensive clearinghouse of public interest organizations and opportunities for lawyers and law students.

National Legal Aid & Defender Association

http://www.nlada.org
The job section of the NLADA site includes positions in civil legal services, defender organizations, pro bono and public interest organizations, public interest law firms and academia.  This site is the best site for post-graduate jobs in civil legal services organizations and defender organizations.  Searchable by state.

Idealist

http://www.idealist.org
A comprehensive listing of public service positions, both legal and non-legal, in over 140 countries.  An especially good site for post-graduate job listings. Searchable by subject matter, country, type of position and other categories.

Foundation Center

http://www.foundationcenter.org
Provides information about every foundation in the country.  Much of this information is free, but some of it is for paying subscribers only.  Job corner contains database of job openings in foundations, corporate grant makers, and other nonprofit organizations.  Searchable by type of employer and region.

OneWorld

http://us.oneworld.net
A global information network of news and media.  Has a job database with national and international opportunities, though not all are legal jobs. 

Public Justice

http://www.tlpj.org
Formerly known as Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Public Justice touts themselves as America’s public interest law firm. They work closely with the Public Justice Foundation, and have headquarters in Washington D.C. and a West Coast Office in Oakland, California.  Job openings listed.

Public Service JobNet

http://cgi2.www.law.umich.edu/_JobNet
An online database from University of Michigan Law School. Access granted after agreeing to terms of use.

Good Works

http://goodworksfirst.org
A national directory of social change organizations to present alternatives to traditional corporate employment.  Part of essential.org, founded by Ralph Nader.

Harvard University Office of Public Interest Advising

http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/opia/details.php?id=section&toc=Job%20Resources
Maintained by Harvard Law School, a list of all the online resources/links offered to students, which can be accessed without passwords.

Databases for Specific Areas of Interest

Center for Constitutional Rights

http://ccrjustice.org/job-internship
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. May have national or international job opportunities available.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

http://www.elaw.org
This site lists organizations (under partners) worldwide that do environmental work.  Also, ELAW offers volunteer, internship and pro bono opportunities under get involved.

National Fair Housing Advocate

http://www.fairhousing.com
Lists positions with organizations and governmental agencies dealing with fair housing issues.

United Nations

http://www.unsystem.org
This site is a portal to web sites of the United Nations, its programs, funds and specialized agencies.  It includes links to key projects and constituent UN organizations.