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Social Justice Initiatives Program

Dean for Social Justice Initiatives: Ellen P. Chapnick

410 West 116th Street, 3rd & 9th Floor

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The Social Justice Initiatives program manifests Columbia Law School's belief that public interest experience should be part of the professional life of every Columbia student and graduate.

Social Justice Initiatives has primary responsibility for career services for Columbia Law School students and graduates interested in public interest, government, and legal volunteer work. We provide programming and individual advising regarding careers, summer opportunities, curricular opportunities, and pro bono projects.

SJI also implements and oversees Columbia’s Externship Program, in which students can take a substantive seminar and a closely related field experience at a not-for-profit organization or governmental agency. The National State Attorneys General Program, which is under SJI’s auspices, is a research-education-and-policy center that works closely with attorneys general, academics, and others.

As a result of its varied activities, SJI has an extensive network of social justice organizations and practitioners in the United States and abroad. We look forward to welcoming you to it.

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Discipline: Law

Topic: Human Rights & Social Justice

Topic: Policy & Legal Approaches