Public Interest

Many students pursue careers in the public interest, including in legal aid and public defender offices.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Career Paths: Lauren Bennett ’19L

Lauren Bennett is from Greenville, SC and attended the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate degree. She interned in public defender offices during 1L and 2L summers, and this year she served as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic, representing in district and circuit court indigent clients facing misdemeanor criminal charges. Where […]

Monday, April 22, 2019

Career Paths: Kathy McLaughlin ’19L

Kathy McLaughlin ‘19L is originally from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in history before working two years in the marketing field for different companies. Kathy spent her 1L summer working for the Unemployment Law Project in Seattle, Washington, and her 2L summer working […]

Friday, April 19, 2019

Career Paths: Alex Shoaf ’19L

Alex Shoaf spent six years working as a journalist in Nashville before coming to law school. He spent his summers working for the Knox County Public Defender and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He has been heavily involved in the Moot Court program and chaired the Moot Court Executive Board during […]

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Access to Education

Carrie Macon is a second-year law student from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. Prior to law school, she taught fifth grade in Nashville and Johnson City, Tennessee. At W&L Law, she is a staff writer for the Washington and Lee Law Review and a […]

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Policy in Action at NextGen America

Georgianna Pisano Goetz is a 2L at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she is a member of the German Law Journal, Public Interest Law Students Association, and Women’s Law Students Association. She hopes to pursue a career of policy advocacy through strategic litigation and regulatory work.  What did you do for work […]

Friday, April 13, 2018

Strong JAG Placement, 10 Month Employment Highlight W&L Law Graduate Report

Washington and Lee University School of Law has released a report on employment rates for its class of 2017. Data from the Office of Career Strategy (OCS) show another year of strong performance in employment. The report measures employment 10 months after graduation. According to the report, 83.8 percent of the class of 2017 has […]

Monday, April 09, 2018

A Voice for the Homeless: Sam Petsonk ’13L in the Spotlight for Advocacy Work

For those who remember W&L Law alumnus Sam Petsonk ’13L, they will not be surprised by the recent feature in WV Living detailing his work for the homeless population of Charleston. Petsonk, an attorney with the public interest law firm Mountain State Justice, came to the assistance of the residents of a large tent city […]

Monday, February 19, 2018

Law Students Reflect on Shepherd Internships

Second-year law students Bethny Barrett and Lauren Bennett both organized summer internships through the Shepherd Program, which helped fund their summer work positions. Through the Shepherd Internship Program, students work with agencies that fit their intellectual interests in order to develop their experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment and to benefit under-resourced members of society. Below, […]

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

First-Year Law Students Attend Equal Justice Works Job Fair

On Friday, October 27, twenty 1Ls joined 2Ls and 3Ls interviewing in Washington, D.C. at Equal Justice Works (EJW), the largest legal public sector career fair in the country. EJW hosts 300-plus employers from Alaska to Maine including government agencies, legal aid organizations, public defenders, and legal advocacy groups. All EJW employers participate in a dedicated […]

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Career Paths: Kit Thomas ’18L

Kit Thomas ’18L spent her summer at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, a non-profit trial level death penalty organization located in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Centre College and is interested in a career in capital defense and criminal justice. What did you do for work this summer? This summer I worked […]