Public Interest Law Special Distinction

Questions about constitutional law impact our daily activities, running the gamut from traffic stops to controversial internet posts to the right to attend public school.  These important constitutional rights are usually defended through litigation initiated by public interest groups.  Students who are interested in pursuing public service careers, or who plan to make pro bono work a meaningful part of their practice, should consider pursuing a Public Interest Law professional track or special distinction.  This type of legal work requires a solid understanding of constitutional interpretation, focused on the Bill of Rights, as well as familiarity with various litigation requirements imposed on statute or the courts.  A student who completes the Public Interest Law professional track or special distinction will be familiar with legal strategies to enforce constitutional rights. 

Public Interest Law Special Distinction Required Courses:

Advanced Family Law (2hrs) 9280

Civil Liberties (3hrs) 9361

Civil Rights Actions (2hrs) 9256

Immigration Law (3hrs) 9373

Poverty Law (2hrs)

Take at least 10 hours from this selection of elective courses:

Advanced Criminal Procedure (3hrs) 9350

Administrative Law: Federal (2hrs) 9268

Administrative Law: Texas (2hrs) 9287

Employment Discrimination (3hrs) 9362

Externship focused on public interest (as available and approved by Prof. Hernandez or Professor Serr (2)

Juvenile Justice (2hrs) 9254

Municipal Government (2hrs) 9265

Nonprofit Organizations (2hrs) 9211

Separation of Church & State (2hrs) 9279

Supreme Court Seminar (2hrs) 9226

Student must complete 20 hours of pro bono public interest work.  Prior approval of work by Professor Hernandez or Professor Serr is required.

Contact Professors Hernandez or Serr for additional information.