Social justice is the province of all lawyers, not just those who choose to specialize in this field. Public interest and social justice lawyers give voice in the legal system to marginalized, subordinated, and underrepresented clients and causes. Santa Clara University School of Law has chosen Public Interest and Social Justice Law as an area of excellence and specialization.
Santa Clara University School of Law students may earn either a general certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice Law or one with a special emphasis in criminal justice.
Students need not earn a certificate in order to take advantage of the rich curriculum of where students gain the theoretical insight, practical knowledge, and skills training necessary to serve marginalized, subordinated, or underrepresented clients and causes.
Public Interest & Social Justice Law Certificate. This document contains all information related to the general certificate, as well as the certificates with an emphasis in criminal justice).
To Apply: Application due dates – November 10 (Dec. Grads) and February 28 (May Grads).
Students can apply for multiple certificates on this single online form. Please submit an online form: Public Interest and Social Justice Law Certificate Application (see the Forms for Students link).
If you are applying for a general certificate or one with an emphasis in criminal law, please submit your application to Professor Evangeline Abriel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Ellen Kreitzberg at email@example.com.
For questions regarding the Public Interest and Social Justice Law certificate program, students should contact Professor Kreitzberg.