Loyola University Chicago

Career Services

School of Law

Public Interest Websites

For students interested in pursuing a career in public interest, the links below give a good overview of the types of legal aid and public interest organizations that exist in Illinois and beyond.

These websites are a good place to start when looking for a volunteer opportunity to build your resume or a summer internship. Keep in mind that many public interest positions are unpaid. For information on funding, see our Public Interest Funding page.

CHICAGO PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS


LIST OF PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS ILLINOIS

This document lists over 175 public interest organizations including government agencies located across Illinois. Please note that while we do update this list periodically as organizations change addresses, it is always a good idea to check the organization’s website before sending your materials.


NATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST WEBSITES

  • PSJD
  • Equal Justice Works
  • Foundation Center
    Provides information about every foundation in the country. Much of the information provided is free, but some is only available to paying subscribers. The job corner contains a database of job openings in foundations, corporate grant makers, and other nonprofit organizations.
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Legal Services Corporation
    A private, non-profit corporation established by Congress in 1974 to assure equal access to justice. This website features jobs located at the Legal Services Corporation.
  • Opportunity Knocks
    This is a non-profit organization that features classifieds, which can be searched by region or state as well as regional sites. Opportunity Knocks also has job search process information, such as how to write a resume and articles on interviewing.
  • If/When/How
    Trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice.
  • National Fair Housing Advocate
    Lists positions with organizations and governmental agencies dealing with fair housing issues.

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST WEBSITES