Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Public Interest Courses

548: Public Interest Boot Camp

Credit Hours




Loyola is offering a full-day Boot Camp for students who are or will be working at public interest organizations. The one-credit Boot Camp will focus on a wide range of issues intended to make your public interest work experience more productive and successful. Discussions will focus on topics such as what organizations expect from law students, how to more effectively handle assignments, what resources are available to help with research and drafting, and how to better deal with, and possibly avoid, some of the pitfalls associated with public interest practice. Emphasis will be placed on professionalism, identifying certain basic institutional do’s and don’ts.

Law student attendees will receive instruction in how to navigate and use Illinois Legal Aid Online, an extraordinary research tool for the legal aid community. They will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive exercises and review form documents, which will better equip them to take on assignments such as interviewing clients, drafting complaints or answers, and preparing discovery documents. The Boot Camp will also feature a panel discussion, with participants from various public interest organizations, who will address such topics as training, supervision, types of assignments, feedback, and handling those situations in which law students seem to run into trouble. There will be ample opportunity during the Boot Camp to ask questions.

The Boot Camp will be led by Jack Block. Professor Block, currently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola, has extensive public interest experience which includes serving as Deputy Director of the Legal Assistance Foundation, heading the Pro Bono Committee at the law firm of Sachnoff & Weaver (now Reed Smith), and chairing the Legal Aid Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He has received a number of awards, including Loyola’s Public Interest Convocation Award.

Students enrolled in the extern course/intensive field placement during the spring semester or summer semester may count their attendance at this important event against the number of hours required for course credit OR they may earn one hour of course credit. 

Students who want one hour of credit must register for the course.  Students who want hours credited toward their externship hourly requirement must confirm their attendance with Professor Jack Block. 

Questions about the program should be emailed to jacklblock@gmail.com