Public Interest Law Pathway

Public Interest Law Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Peter Knapp Advocacy, Evidence, Civil Advocacy Clinic, Transactions and Settlements
  • Ann Juergens Advocacy, Professional Responsibility,  Civil Advocacy Clinic Work of the Lawyer:  Solo & Small Firms & The Quality of Justice (Externship)
  • Brad Colbert LAMP Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Diane Dube Community Development Clinic
  • Jim Hilbert Transactions and Settlements,  Civil Rights Litigation and Policy Externship
  • Joanna Woolman The Reentry Clinic, Child Protection Clinic

Other Faculty with courses taught in this Pathway

Lawyers do work in the public interest in a wide variety of practices.  This Pathway is meant to give guidance to students who would like to prepare for work in a practice that focuses on 1) providing legal services to low and modest-income clients and under-served communities, and 2) protecting human and civil rights.

In Minnesota, there are six legal services programs, which provide services throughout the state and employ over 150 attorneys.  There are also at least twenty additional direct services providers that target special populations and/or particular geographic areas. Private civil rights law firms and advocacy organizations also do public interest work in a variety of ways.

The Legal Practice Center

The Legal Practice Center is the heart of William Mitchell’s practical legal education, with nationally ranked skills courses, clinical programs, and real-world learning opportunities. It’s where students work with professors to put the theories they’ve learned in the classroom to work for real clients who might not otherwise have access to legal representation.


The lawyers who work for these different organizations practice in a wide range of areas, helping clients in matters involving public assistance, housing, employment, civil and consumer rights, and family law.  Legal services providers also have specific projects that focus on education law, domestic violence, elder law, immigration, and disability rights.  While much of the work involves representation of individual clients, lawyers working for these public service providers may also represent community organizations and other small non-profit businesses and participate in many different community education programs.