If you are a law student looking for a career in the public interest arena, make sure you are checking the NALP Job Listings regularly. Both law firms and law schools hire attorneys for public interest related positions. The postings are continually updated and should be checked routinely. A recent December posting (still looking for applicants!) is listed below and may be a perfect fit for a Coastal graduate with previous experience in the public interest sector.
Assistant Director, Public Interest Specialist. Posted 12/2/08. (Position # 1170) Description: American University Washington College of Law is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assistant Director and Public Interest Specialist, Office of Career & Professional Development. Incumbent will provide specialized counseling and organize school-wide programs for those interested in public service careers, including the public interest and government sectors. The position regularly works with the Public Interest Committee and assists with the administration of the Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Responsibilities also include assisting in the administration and management of the Office of Career & Professional Development. In particular, the successful candidate will assist with overseeing of the front desk staffing and operations as needed. Position Requirements: J.D. highly preferred. A minimum of 2 to 3 years of professional experience in the public service/public interest field is required, as well as excellent organizational, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Ability to function in a fast-paced environment is necessary. Knowledge of legal resume writing, interviewing, and job search strategy strongly preferred. Previous supervisory experience preferred. Must be comfortable marketing American University’s Washington College of Law to employers, particularly in public interest organizations and government agencies. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the American University main campus at email@example.com. You must include the position number (# 1170) and position title to be considered.