The Public Interest and Public Service Law Center

The Center and Its Mission

One of the central missions of the George Washington University Law School is to equip students to shape solutions to the pressing challenges of our times. The law school does this by supporting students’ academic, experiential, and professional development, which enables students to envision and plan for public interest careers. At the apex of this effort is the Public Interest and Public Service Law Center whose mission is to equip the next generation of leaders committed to serving people, and advancing the public good.

The Center is led by Alan B. Morrison, the Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service, and it is supported by the Center’s Program Manager, Anapaula Pérez-Gaitan, and the Public Interest Advisory Council.

The GW Law Community looks forward to building a comprehensive, full-service Center to encourage, support, and equip students interested in taking advantage of our location in the nation’s capital, our rich legacy of public service, and the deep expertise of our alumni, faculty, and staff to enter fulfilling careers serving the public, whether in not-for-profit organizations, in government, or by providing pro bono assistance to those who cannot afford a lawyer.


A Conversation With NLJ Award Lifetime Achievement Winner Alan Morrison

November 2, 2023

Dean Morrison, who has dedicated his career to helping low-income, marginalized, or vulnerable populations, is honored with this NLJ Lifetime Achievement Award.

First Class of Richey Fellows Selected for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

August 11, 2023

GW Law's Public Interest and Public Service Law Center is thrilled to announce the inaugural class of Richey Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year

GW Law Announces Richey Fellows Program

April 12, 2023

The program is named in honor of the Hon. Charles R. Richey of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.



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What is Public Interest Law?

Broadly speaking, public interest refers to the welfare or well-being of the general public. Public interest law can mean any work within the public sector, as well as any work that involves itself in the representation or protection of marginalized or under-represented people or organizations, or work that may affect laws or policies in the public interest. This can include direct services, impact litigation, policy work, and more.

At GW Law, we define public interest law to encompass work at non-profit organizations, for government agencies, and on pro bono matters with private law firms across a wide variety of practice areas.

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2000 H. St. NW
Stuart Hall, 104A
Washington, DC 20052

[email protected] | 202.994.2680

Schedule an Appointment with our Program Manager