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Online Public Service Practice Area Resources

We have developed this list of online (and a few print) resources to help you explore a range of different practice areas commonly associated with public interest law. We link to career guides that contain generally an overview of such practice areas, and often include lists of relevant organizations and agencies, job search and career building tips, and also may include interviews with practitioners. We also list some bar associations and their committees that are involved in the work.

Note on bar associations: While we link primarily to sections and committees of the American Bar Association and New York State Bar Association, we encourage you--depending upon your preferences--to look at other states' bar associations, county or city bar associations, specialized associations within practice areas, associations of lawyers of color, national origin, and sexual preference.

This list is by no means comprehensive. Think of it as a start to your investigation into opportunities or careers in areas that interest you. These materials compliment the databases maintained by PSJD.org, which are excellent tools to identify particular organizations and agencies by practice area. You are also welcome to suggest additions to our links by emailing us at PIRC@law.fordham.edu.

Fordham Law School's Public Interest Resource Center would like to thank the authors and institutions who created the materials listed (credited with each link) for making their resources publically available. The public interest community is a generous and collaborative one!

AIDS/HIV
Legal Review
Legal Aspects of HIV/AIDS - A Guide for Policy and Law Reform (2007), The World Bank

Bar Associations (Sections or Committees)
ABA AIDS Coordinating Committee

ANIMAL ISSUES
Online Career Guides
Animal Law
(2008), DC Bar (an overview of the practrice area with attention to pro bono and full time opportunities)

Career Center, Center for Animal Studies at Lewis & Clark in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (links to protection and advocacy organizations, as well as internship and fellowship opportunities

Animal Legal Defense Fund:
             Q&A with ALDF Staff Attorney about Pursuing a Career in Animal Law (2010)

             Making Animal Law Your Career (2007)

             GP Solo - Animal Law and Your Practice (2009)

 Animal Law Career Guide (2009), Animal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar

Bar Associations
ABA Animal Law Committee
NYSBA Committee on Animals and the Law

CAPITOL HILL
Online Career Guide
Working on Capitol Hill (2010) Yale Law School

CHILDREN/YOUTH
Onine Career Guides
American Bar Association:
           Career Paths in Child Advocacy

           Kiddie Law is Growing Up: Board Certification in Child Welfare (GP Solo - 2008)

           A Career in Children's Law (2012) (a brief overview and a list of numerous resources for further reading)

Children's Rights Law: A Career Guide (2007), Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
ABA Center on Children and the Law
NYSBA Committee on Children and the Law

CIVIL RIGHTS/LIBERTIES
Online Career Guides
Careers in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (2007), Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
NYSBA Committee on Civil Rights

COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

National Director of Community & Economic Development Attorneys - July 2012

CONSERVATIVE/LIBERTARIAN PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
Online Career Guide
Conservative/Libertarian Public Interest Law: Explorig Opportunities with Nonprofits, Research Institutes and Government Agencies (2007), Harvard Law School.

CONSUMER
Bar Associations
ABA Consumer Protection Committee

CRIMINAL (DEFENSE AND PROSECUTION)
Defense
Online Career Guides
Careers in Indigent Defense: a Quick Guide to Public Defender Programs (2010), Harvard Law School

Public Defender Handbook (2013), New York University School of Law

Bar Associations (defense and prosecution)
ABA Criminal Justice Section
NYSBA Criminal Justice Section

Prosecution
Online Career Guides
Sizing Up the Prosecution, A Quick Guide To Local Prosecution (2010), Harvard Law School

Criminal Prosecution (2011), Yale Law School

DISABILITY
Legal Overview
A Guide to Dsability Rights Law (2009), U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Divisions, Disability Rights Section

Bar Associations
ABA Commission on Disability Rights
NYSBA Committee on Issues Affecting People with Disabilities

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Legal Overview
Domestic Violence: Law, Policy, and Practice (2010), LexisNexis

Bar Associations
ABA - Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Legal Overview (print resource)
Building Healthy Communities: A Guide to Community Economic Development for Advocates, Lawyers and Policymakers (2009), American Bar Association

Online Career Guide
Guide on International Development: Public Service Careers and Opportunities (2011), Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
ABA Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

NYSBA Business Law Section

EDUCATION
Online Career Guides
Education Law: A Career Guide (2009), Harvard Law School

Is a Career in School Law Right for You?, National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys (brochure describing school law careers and resources)

Bar Associations
ABA Committee on Public Education

ELDERLY
Online Career Guide
The Changing Population Creates a Growing Niche for Lawyers (2011), Chicago Lawyer Magazine

Bar Associations
ABA - Commission on Law and Aging

NYSBA - Elder Law Section

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

ENVIRONMENTAL/ENERGY/UTILITIES
Online Career Guides
Environmental Trial Guide (No year given), Harvard Law School

Environmental Law Guide (2011), Yale Law School

Bar Associations
ABA - Environment, Energy, and Resources Section

NYSBA - Environmental Law Section

FAMILY
Print Resource
Family Law Careers (1998), America Bar Association

Bar Associations
ABA - Family Law Section

NYSBA - Family Law Section

GAY/LESBIAN/BISEXUAL/TRANSGENDER
(LGBT)
Online Career Guide
LGBT Rights Law: A Career Guide (2007), Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
ABA - Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

NYSBA - Committee on LGBT People and the Law

GOVERNMENT
Federal Government
Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government (Congressional Research Service 2013)

HEALTH/MEDICAL
Online Career Guides
Health Care Law: A Career Guide (2004), Harvard Law School

Careers in Health Law (2010), Loyola University Chicago

National Organizations
National Health Law Program

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Bar Associations
ABA - Health Law Section

NYSBA - Health Law Section

IMMIGRATION/REFUGEE
Online Career Guide
Serving Immigrants and Refugees: A Guide to Careers in the Law (2007), Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
ABA - Immigration Commission

NYSBA - Special Committee on Immigration Representation

American Immigration Lawyers Association

INTERNATIONAL LAW (INCLUDING HUMAN RIGHTS TRADE)
Online Career Guides
Career Opportunities in Human Rights
(2009), Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (a summary of the field with links to further resources)

Opportunities with International Tribunals and Foreign Courts (2010), Yale Law School

Careers in International Law (2007), Loyola University Chicago

International Public Interest Law (2008), Yale Law School

PSLawNet's International Resources

Bar Associations
ABA - International Law Section

NYSBA - International Law Section

ABA - Center for Human Rights

JUDICIARY

How to Become a Judge, NYC Bar Association, Special Committee To Encourage Judicial Service (2010)

The Path to the Federal Bench, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy and Consortium of Bar Associations

LABOR/EMPLOYMENT LAW
Online Career Guide
Labor and Employment Law: A Career Guide
(2011)

Bar Associations
ABA - Section of Labor and Employment Law

National Employment Lawyers Association

LAW FIRMS - PRIVATE PUBLIC INTEREST/PLAINTIFF'S
Online Career Guide
Private Public Interest and Plaintiff's Firm Guide (2010), Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School

NATIVE AMERICAN/TRIBAL LAW
Legal Overvew
A Reporter's Guide to American Indian Law
(2006), The Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press

Bar Associations
National Native American Bar Association

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS
Online Career Guide
One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State (2007), Harvard Law School

POVERTY
Online Career Guide
Legal Services Guide: A Guide to Pursuing Work in Legal Services, Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
ABA - Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

ABA - Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

NYSBA - Committee to Ensure Quality of Mandated Representation

PRISONER ISSUES
Online Resources:
Prison Activist Resource Center

National Organizations:
ACLU National Prison Project

PUBLIC POLICY

Public Policy Handbook
Password may be obtained from the Career Planning Center or the Public Interest Resource Center

RACIAL/ETHNIC JUSTICE/CULTURAL RIGHTS
See Civil Rights, Civil Liberties

REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES
Online Career Guide
Guide to Internships & Fellowships in Reproductive Rights & Justice (2011), Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)

SECURITY/DEFENSE/ARMS CONTROL
Online Career Guide
Careers in National Security Law (2008), American Bar Association

Bar Associations
ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

TAX
Online Career Guides
Guide to Careers in Tax and Trusts & Estates Law (2011), Pace Law School

Bar Associations
ABA Section of Taxation

NYSBA Tax Section

WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Online Career Guides
Women's Rights Guide (2007), Harvard Law School

Bar Associations
ABA Center on Women in the Profession

NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law