Public Interest Law

Definition - What does Public Interest Law mean?

Public interest law refers to the efforts of lawyers working for the greater social good. Public interest law covers a broad array of legal practice areas in which the goal is to support economically disadvantaged people, the disabled, the elderly, and other historically oppressed and marginalized classes.

Public interest lawyers often work for nonprofits or legal aid firms.

Justipedia explains Public Interest Law

Many social change advocates enroll in law school and become lawyers so that they can practice public interest law. Common examples of public interest law include human rights, women’s rights, consumer protection, civil rights and environmental protection lawyers.

Government attorneys like district attorneys, public defenders and affordable care act lawyers are also said to practice public interest law. Public interest lawyers typically make less money than their corporate counterparts or than lawyers who seek advancement in big law firms.

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